Five Reasons why we Love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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If you’re still wandering in your house, wearing pyjamas and feeling depressed because of the end of the second season, well, it’s time to cheer up because the third season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will soon be released in 2017. In the meanwhile, here are five great reasons re-watch it again and again.

***Spoilers Ahead***

When 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt arrives in New York City, her life was only about to start. And when we say ‘start’, we really mean it. The truth is that Kimmy had never had a boyfriend before; she hadn’t had a job, never got her high school diploma or driving licence. However, the mystery hidden behind this redhead awkward girl is immediately revealed in the first episode: she has been kidnapped and kept in a bunker with three other women by Reverend Richard for 15 years because “doomsday is coming”. Fortunately, Kimmy and the others escape and we get to witness her adjusting to her new life in NY. She meets new people that not only embody the great values of such a cosmopolitan city but also serve as a means of expression of particular values throughout the TV series. Here’s why we love it:

 

  1. One of the first issues dealt by the TV series is gentrification. Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane) is Kimmy’s hilarious landlady. She is a born-and-bred New Yorker struggling against the cultural process of gentrification in her neighbourhood. Lillian is also revealed to be a former criminal (it is clear that she killed her husband Roland), but she has got a big heart and takes Titus and Kimmy under her (misguided) wing.

 

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  1. The concept of the American Dream is evident throughout the series. Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), who is Kimmy’s eccentric and flamboyant flatmate, has a self-centred personality that always brings him to the centre of the stage whilst pursuing his greatest ambition: becoming a star of Broadway.

 

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  1. Concerning Gay Rights, Titus is a gay black man escaping from his previous and forced hetero marriage. His sweetness and delicacy even encourages his partner Mikey to tell his family about their relationship.

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  1. The TV series also tackles values within high society with great irony. Kimmy gets a job as housemaid in a well-off family belonging to a family in New York’s high society. Her “employer” is Jackie Lynn “Jacqueline” Voorhees (Jane Krakowski), an American Indian woman who left her homeland and parents on the threshold of adulthood to pursue her “American Dream”: living and behaving like a white woman. She’s married to a billionaire business man (who deceives her) and she thinks she can buy the love of her son with money. Last but not the least, she is obsessed with fitness, high tech tools, expensive clothes and, of course, her perfectly blonde hair dye.

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  1. Fashion is an interesting analytical key to understanding the cultural differences amongst the characters. From Kimmy’s childish style to Jacqueline’s haute couture wardrobe passing through Titus’ diva dresses, the series is an open window into the cosmopolitan reality of New York City.

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The third season of the TV series, directed by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock and broadcast by Netflix, is set for release at the end of May 2017.

 

Words: Federica Caiazzo

Tag: TV series; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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