Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 2) (2016)
Netflix / TV-14
Starring: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess
Creators: Tina Fey, Robert Carlock
Kimmy Schmidt is finally starting to get adjusted to her new life above ground in the big apple. She overcame all of life challenges that it threw at her with a cheery smile and a witty 90’s reference or two. She even managed to win the trial against the Reverend, the man who kept her contained underground as part of his cult. The “mole-woman” tag is starting to fade away as she starts to put those days behind her. However, life is full of obstacles and there is still a lot that Kimmy has to learn. This is where season two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix’s hit comedy show from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, picks up.
Last season, Ellie Kemper brought the bright and quirky character of Kimmy Schmidt to life and she returns with another knockout performance. Think of her as an eccentric 90’s girl-meets-world. She’s getting adjusted to her new life quite well but there is still a lot that she has to tackle. In fact, each episode is still framed in a way that signifies what challenge she has to overcome. Sometimes these tasks range from the mundane (giving up and driving a car) to the serious (finding her mom and meeting a celebrity), while some are just plain ridiculous. When Kimmy goes to a hotel with her Vietnamese love interest Dong (Ki Hong Lee), she learns a whole lot about what two lovers “do in a hotel.”
Kimmy Schmidt still centers around its titular character, but the returning cast is what brings the show together. Everybody’s favorite from last season, the loud Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), is back and he’s better than ever. His pinnacle moment last season was his brilliant ode to Pinot Noir and this season he returns with more song and dance. He is also in a new relationship with a construction worker named Mikey, which brings its fair share of ups and downs as well. We also see the return of the rich and glitzy Jacqueline Voorhees, played by Jane Krakowski. She fresh off her divorce from her rich husband and back from her Native American vision quest, which means she’s back in New York City with the mission of getting her life back in order. She definitely can’t do it alone so she entrusts the help of Kimmy as her personal life assistant.
Perhaps one of the best parts about this season is the emergence of a returning character and the introduction of a new one. People probably remember Kimmy and Titus’ landlord Lillian (Carol Kane) from last season. She was off her rocker and was never afraid to do her own thing. We didn’t see enough of her crazy antics last season. She’s back this season and she gets a lot more screen time as she aims to fight gentrification in the rough neighborhood that her and the gang live in. We also get introduced to Andrea Bayden, played by Tina Fey, a psychologist who meets up with Kimmy during a drunk Uber call. (Yep, Kimmy now moonlights as an Uber driver this season) We saw Tina Fey in a minor role last season but she plays a bigger part this season, one that brings along its fair share of hilarious moments. Nothing can possibly go wrong when Kimmy takes advice from a drunk psychologist, right?
Pop culture references of the 90s variety are still as prominent as ever this season, which was one of the best parts about the show. Kimmy is still stuck in her 90s world and she never lets you forget that. Everything from the Ninja Turtles (who Kimmy still can’t believe are a thing) to Seinfeld to Nickelodeon make appearances through the many different references sprinkled throughout. The show still remains super quotable as well, especially when a character like Titus is on the show. (“I’m not the one who assumed all gay people know how to arrange flowers. Why don’t you do some prop comedy, Carrot Top?” Titus says to Kimmy during a party set-up)
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s second season goes places and still retains its status as one of Netflix’s biggest crowd-pleasers. It’s a show that will make you smile in more ways than one. (The show’s addicting theme song returns, which is a reason to smile in itself) The minor problems from last season, like the abundance of blatant stereotypes, still linger but they are getting better. The show’s sophomore season is just as good, if not better, than last season. All the episodes are on Netflix right now, available to binge, so what are you waiting for?