Breaking comedic boundaries

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” will exercise your brain

Sitcoms like “Modern Family” and “Friends” come off a little tired and uninspired to viewers seeking a more out of their TV comedies. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” touches on a side of comedy that requires more attention to detail (something more here)

Kimmy Schmidt, played by Ellie Kemper, is an cult escapee in her mid-twenties. She was trapped by a “Reverend” in a bunker for 15 years. In season one, Kimmy decides to move to New York City to experience the life she has missed while in the bunker. She gets a nanny job from a rich trophy wife, Jacqueline, and moves in with long-time friends and roommates Titus and Lillian.

Kimmy is faced with unusual problems for adults. She isn’t sure at all how to function living on her own, and even grocery shopping problems are exposed in the series. She’s also never actually got her license, so she can’t drive. All these problems are explored while exposing Kimmy’s lack of knowledge and innocence about the world.

Kimmy is also in love with a fellow student in her GED class named Dong, but they can’t date because he is married to someone else in a green card marriage. This problem allows the show to bring up questions of morality.

Tina Fey created the series and even plays the role of a psychiatrist with a drinking problem. The show is very similar to a previous series created by the comedian, “30 Rock.” Both shows have great attention to detail, and a lot of comedic material packed into each scene. You will miss half the good comedy if you aren’t paying proper attention.

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” takes an unusual premise and manages to make a serious situation with physiological damage funny. The first and second season of the series can be found on Netflix.