TV Review: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Season 2—Fantastic

Written by Michelle Young April 25, 2016

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The first season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” shot out of the gate and became a mega hit. With hilarious catchphrases, unforgettable characters, and the iconic ‘Pinot Noire’ bit, this Netflix Original series had a lot to live up to in its second season, but thankfully succeeded. I might even venture to say that it was in a lot of ways even better than the first season.

While season 1 of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” dealt a lot with Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) immediate adjustment to life outside the bunker, season 2 focused on the prolonged consequences and trauma of being a ‘Mole Woman’. Kimmy struggles to deal with how her past scarred her and seeks out the help of the less-than-stable therapist, Dr. Andrea Bayden (played by the always hilarious Tina Fey). There are also more shenanigans from the supporting characters, as Titus (Tituss Burgess) gets a new boyfriend, Lillian (Carol Kane) deals with gentrification, and Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) adjusts to life as a divorcée.

“Just because you’re out doesn’t mean it’s out of you.”

This season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is just as funny as the last, as each minute of screen time is filled with joke after joke. However, just like last season, not every joke lands. There were also an insane amount of references this season. My favourites included the many nods to Tituss Burgess’ Broadway credits, and the too-many-to-count “Friends” allusions, which made Lisa Kudrow’s cameo even better. The episodes are also a bit longer this season, which made some story-lines or run-on bits feel either a little bloated or exhaustive. This season also lacked its ‘Pinot Noire’ moment, but to be fair, that is pretty hard to top. The addition of more Tina Fey into the show did really help though.

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Ellie Kemper is probably one of the funniest actors on television right now. She is so perfect as Kimmy it’s insane. She’s able to capture all of Kimmy’s weirdness in a way that still makes her seem like a real person, despite how insane and bizarre a character she really is. Tituss Burgess is just as remarkable and continues to drop one-liner after one-liner with the sharpest comedic timing.

“You people don’t know the meaning of the word sensuali-Titus-travaganza.”

This season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” really did live up to its name. Season 2 proved that it was more than a fluke and this zany, completely insane premise can actually sustain itself. Here’s to hoping that the momentum keeps moving forward and season 3 is even better.

My Rating: 9/10

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