As kooky and funny as ever, Kimmy, Titus and the gang are back and still “as strong as hell”!
Whilst there is still merit in watching new TV shows week by week, the Netflix originals are tapping into the “binge-watching” sensibility by unleashing an entire season’s worth of joy in one hit. As long as you can handle the judgement of your Netflix as it asks you “are you still watching?”, then Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is one of the most “bingeable” shows currently on the streaming service.
The first season arrived on Netflix in 2015 – proving to be a huge hit – and we’ve been treated to a new season every year since. With short 13 episode seasons, each of which coming in somewhere between 20-30 minutes, it is an easy watch and if you’re yet to watch, you could be caught up within a weekend!
Season 3 kicks off with the incomparable Titus emerging from the ocean resplendent in sequins and throwing shade at a “sea pigeon” (or a seagull to me and you!) and that pretty much sets you up perfectly for this latest season. As always, it is an absolute delight to spend time with these characters, with the core four of Kimmy, Titus, Jacqueline and Lillian proving to be as wonderful and unique as ever.
Now in Season 3, it really feels like it has settled in and found the magic formula that makes it work so well. Season 1 was mostly consistent, and Season 2 a little more patchy, but the third time proves the charm: placing Kimmy back on track. Whilst there are some plot threads that run throughout the season, the majority of the episodes are mini-stories and this formula is much more effective. Season 1 spent a little too long on the trial of Kimmy’s captor, and Season 2 definitely spent too long with Kimmy’s drunk therapist, but there’s no running stories in Season 3 that feel like they outstay their welcome.
Always the highlight of the previous seasons, this new run offers us even more Titus musical interludes, and as always he is the star of this show. Whilst the amazing “Peeno Noir” of Season 1 is difficult to beat, the “Lemonade Song” comes pretty close. The characters surrounding Kimmy become a much closer circle, and it is great to have interactions between all of them, independent of Kimmy, and this helps it to feel much more cohesive. There are plot threads involving Titus and Jacqueline, Lillian and Jacqueline, Lillian and Titus and so on, and these work just as well as the relationships and stories Kimmy has with them also.
It is always hard to pick out stand-out episodes when they’re all so great, but some of the highlights include Kimmy learning about the complexities of feminism (Kimmy is a feminist), Titus’ likeness being used by a talking bladder in a commercial (Kimmy Learns about the Weather), and Kimmy and Titus’ grand scheme so that Titus can use a gas station bathroom (Kimmy Pulls Off a Heist).
Unashamedly kooky, consistently funny and highly watchable, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is as loveable and wonderful as ever, and definitely worth a watch if you love your sitcoms unique and always hilarious.