‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ on Netflix

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

All caught up with the schemes of Francis Underwood on House of Cards? Because Netflix launches its newest original series on Friday, March 6: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, originally developed for NBC by Tina Fey. Ellie Kemper (of The Office and Bridemaids) is all wide-eyed optimism and cheer as a 29-year-old woman let loose on the modern world after spending decades in the bubble of a doomsday cult and 30 Rock alumnus Jane Krakowski is the wealthy and neurotic Manhattan housewife who hires Kimmy as a nanny. All 13 episodes of the first season are available as of Friday and a second season has already been ordered.

James Poniewozik for Time: “Kemper and Kimmy make one of TV’s most natural matches of actor and character since someone decided to make Lou Ferrigno the Hulk. She’s a terrific physical comic, able to combine naivete with a sense of cunning, and she’s contagiously joyous–it’s as if Lucille Ball had a baby with a rainbow.”


Sean Axmaker is a Seattle film critic and writer. He writes the weekly newspaper column Stream On Demand and the companion website, and his work appears at RogerEbert.com, Turner Classic Movies online, The Film Noir Foundation, and Parallax View.