From “30 Rock” executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock comes this hilarious comedy series starring Ellie Kemper (“The Office,” “Bridesmaids”) as a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over as a nanny for a socialite (Jane Krakowski from “30 Rock”) in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers and a couple of past-due library books, she takes on a world she didn’t think even existed anymore.
Needless to say, after that, I binged watched the entire first season in on day. The show was just what I was looking for, something comedic and off the wall.
We follow Kimmy Schmidt, who had spent the last 15 years underground, literally. Kidnapped into a cult, believing the world had ended, she with three other woman spent fifteen years isolated from the rest of the world until they are finally found and rescued. On the news circuits, and dubbed “Mole Women”, Kimmy decides to move to New York, away from her home and the stigma that would surround her.
Starting a new chapter in her life, and determined not to be viewed as a victim, Kimmy keeps her identity as a ‘mole woman’ quiet as she discovers the new world around her. She ends up getting a basement apartment with a gay, black roommate – who is a struggling actor looking for fame, and get a job as an assistant/nanny to a high-society woman. Pretty good, for a woman who only has a grade-school education.
Throughout the episodes, we see Kimmy react to the new fads and trends. All of her cultural references are from the 90s, so it’s extremely funny as she learns about iPhones, music and world events, not to mention the flashbacks to her in the bunker and the PTS she experiences. (Including choking her roommate in her sleep).
What makes this show stand out more is that throughout her experiences, Kimmy is such an amazing and innocent character. She makes everything so much fun, she comes into situations with high emotions and innocence that you just laugh at everything that happens around her. There’s a passion to her too, and this desire to help everyone around her. There is a sense of justice to her too, and she takes extreme measures to see it done, eventually when the trial of the deranged Reverend who kidnapped her and the others arrives, it is Kimmy to faces her fears, goes back into the bunker to find the evidence required to but him behind bars.
This is a great series, and I encourage others to check it out on Netflix, hopefully if you do not have access to Netflix you can find a way to download it. I believe I will be binge watching the season again, and again until a new season comes out.