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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is an American web television sitcom created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, starring Ellie Kemper in the title role, that has streamed on Netflix since March 6, 2015. Originally set for a 13-episode first season on NBC for early 2015, the show was sold to Netflix and given a two-season order. The second half of the fourth and final season was released on January 25, 2019, concluding the series. In May 2019, it was reported the series returns with an interactive special that is set to premiere in 2020.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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GenreSitcom
Created by
Starring
Opening theme"Unbreakable" by The Gregory Brothers and Mike Britt
Composer(s)Jeff Richmond
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes51 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Editor(s)Ken Eluto
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22–53 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNetflix
NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format1080p (16:9 HDTV) (season 1)
4K (16:9 Ultra HD) (seasons 2-)
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1 with Descriptive Video Service track
Original releaseMarch 6, 2015 (2015-03-06) –
January 25, 2019 (2019-01-25)
External links
Website

The series follows 29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt (Kemper) as she adjusts to life in New York City after her rescue from a doomsday cult in the fictional town of Durnsville, Indiana, where she and three other women were held by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) for 15 years. Determined to be seen as something other than a victim and armed only with a positive attitude, Kimmy decides to restart her life by moving to New York City, where she quickly befriends her street-wise landlady Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane), finds a roommate in struggling actor Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), and gains a job as a nanny for the melancholic and out-of-touch socialite Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski).

Since its premiere, the show has received critical acclaim, with critic Scott Meslow calling it "the first great sitcom of the streaming era". The series has been nominated for 18 Primetime Emmy Awards, including four nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series.

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SynopsisEdit

Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) was in eighth grade when kidnapped by Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm). The Reverend held Kimmy and three other women captive for 15 years in an underground bunker and convinced them that a nuclear apocalypse had come, gone, and had left them the sole survivors of humanity.

In the first season, the women are rescued, and go on to appear on the Today Show in New York City. After the show, Kimmy decides she does not want to return to Indiana, and does not want to be seen by everyone as a victim, so she starts a new life in New York City. Roaming around the city, Kimmy comes across landlady Lillian Kaushtupper (Carol Kane). Kaushtupper offers Kimmy a chance to room with Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) in her downstairs apartment. However, Kimmy has to find a job in order to get the apartment. Upon attempting to get a job at a nearby candy store, Kimmy sees a boy stealing candy. She pursues him back to his home, and ends up encountering his mother, Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski), a Manhattan trophy wife, who mistakes her for a nanny, and whom Kimmy mistakes as someone trapped in a cult. Soon after, Jacqueline hires Kimmy as a nanny for her 10-year-old son.[1][2] As Season 1 continues, Kimmy falls in love with a Vietnamese man, Dong (Ki Hong Lee) from her G.E.D. class, goes to court to testify against the Reverend, and discovers how the world has changed in the 15 years she was held captive.

In the second season, Kimmy is sick of working for Jacqueline and gets a job at a year-round Christmas store and then as an Uber driver. She tries to get over Dong, who enters a green card marriage with another G.E.D. student and is eventually deported. As Kimmy tries to move on, so do Titus and Jacqueline, who both find boyfriends. Titus begins dating construction worker Mikey Politano (Mike Carlsen) and Jacqueline begins dating lawyer Russ Snyder (David Cross). Jacqueline also goes back to her Native American heritage and decides to take down the Washington Redskins, who her boyfriend's father happens to own. Kimmy reunites with Gretchen and Cyndee to save them from joining another cult and getting married on television, respectively. When Season 2 ends, Titus leaves to be a performer on a cruise and Lillian protests the invasion of hipsters in her neighborhood, while Kimmy makes amends with her mother (Lisa Kudrow) after advice from her therapist (Tina Fey) before receiving a phone call from the Reverend in prison, telling her that they need to get a divorce.

In the third season, Kimmy proceeds with the divorce from the Reverend but hits a snag when she learns that a devoted fan (guest star Laura Dern) wants to marry him. After getting her G.E.D., Kimmy decides to go to college and ends up at Columbia University, where she is popular but fails academically. She forms a friendship with Perry (Daveed Diggs), a philosophy and religion transfer student who, like Kimmy, doesn't fit in with the rich, elitist Ivy League students. Titus returns from his stint on the cruise harboring a secret, and after seeing Mikey out with another man, breaks up with him. Lillian is elected to the city council and attempts to block the construction of a supermarket chain for fear it will gentrify the neighborhood. She later starts a relationship with the owner of the chain (Peter Riegert). Meanwhile, Jacqueline and Russ execute their plan to force his family to change the name of the Redskins and Titus makes it big with the single "Boobs in California". At the end of season three, Titus vows to win Mikey back from his new boyfriend, Jacqueline finds a profession, and Kimmy lands a job at a tech start-up.

In the fourth and final season, Kimmy is working at Giztoob, the tech company started by a former classmate at Columbia, and Jacqueline is representing Titus as his agent. After refusing to perform sexual acts on a puppet to land a role on Sesame Street, Titus gets a job as director of a school play and, in an attempt to impress Mikey, pretends to write and star in a superhero television show called "The Capist," starring Greg Kinnear. Meanwhile, Lillian's boyfriend Artie dies and she is put in charge of his adult children's trust. Kimmy reunites with Donna Maria, who is now a successful businesswoman. Outraged and inspired by men's rights activists, Kimmy writes a children's book that empowers girls and encourages boys to be kind; by the end of season four, Kimmy has found success as a children's author. Season 4 features two episodes that veer from the main plot. In the first, a standalone mockumentary episode, Jacqueline's former boy toy Doug, a.k.a. DJ Fingablast, creates a true crime documentary called "Party Monster: Scratching the Surface," which sympathizes with the Reverend and paints Kimmy and the other Mole Women negatively. The second episode, "Sliding Van Doors", presents an alternate universe in which Kimmy is never kidnapped, Titus doesn't audition for The Lion King in 1998, Jacqueline doesn't marry Julian Voorhees, and Lillian runs a Latin street gang. The series concludes with each of the main four characters finding success and purpose in new ventures.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
113March 6, 2015 (2015-03-06)
213April 15, 2016 (2016-04-15)
313May 19, 2017 (2017-05-19)
4126May 30, 2018 (2018-05-30)
6January 25, 2019 (2019-01-25)

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

  • Ellie Kemper as Kimberly "Kimmy" Cougar Schmidt, the titular character. Armed with only unflagging optimism, a childlike sense of wonder and an eighth-grade education, she attempts to regain the life that was taken from her and navigate her way through the unfamiliar struggles of New York life.[3]
  • Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon (born Ronald Wilkerson), Kimmy's flamboyantly gay roommate and an aspiring actor and singer. Melodramatic and self-absorbed, Titus nevertheless cares deeply for, and is very protective of Kimmy. Despite his talent and ego, he is plagued by self-doubt after years of rejection in the business.[3] Titus hails from Chickasaw County, Mississippi, and moved to New York City in 1998.
  • Carol Kane as Lillian Kaushtupper, Kimmy and Titus' odd landlady. A proud born-and-bred New Yorker with a long, complex criminal history, she fights tooth and nail against the possible gentrification of her neighborhood (although it soon becomes clear that she hates any form of progress or technology). Despite her willingness to do anything to make a buck, she has a very big heart and will go out of her way to help her tenants.[4]
  • Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline White (formerly Voorhees; née Jackie Lynn White), a wealthy and insecure socialite who hires Kimmy as a nanny. Despite coming across as arrogant, condescending and out of touch, she is very fond of (and heavily reliant on) her new employee, who helps her gain perspective on her unhappy marriage. She is secretly of Lakota Native American descent and is passing for white. As the series progresses, she gradually reconnects with her family and her culture.[5]

RecurringEdit

  • Sara Chase as Cyndee Pokorny, Kimmy's best friend from the cult.
  • Lauren Adams as Gretchen Chalker, a willing member of the cult, who believes everything she was told.
  • Sol Miranda as Donna Maria Nuñez, a cult member who pretends to not speak English during her time in the bunker, and is later revealed to be using the "Mole Woman" name to advertise her mole sauce.
  • Jon Hamm as Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, the man who imprisoned Kimmy, Cyndee, Gretchen and Donna Maria in an underground bunker for fifteen years and led them to believe that they had survived the end of the world.
  • Mike Carlsen as Mikey Politano,[6] an Italian-American construction worker who questions his sexuality after hitting on Kimmy in season 1. In season 2, he starts dating Titus, and they have an on-again, off-again relationship for the remainder of the series.[7]
  • Dylan Gelula as Xanthippe Lannister Voorhees, the pretty, popular, and bratty stepdaughter of Jacqueline, who is later revealed to be hiding her high achieving, 'good girl' personality. After her father divorces Jacqueline, she is sent to Connecticut to move back in with her mother, and only appears in one episode in season 2. She returns in season 3, attending Columbia University, where Kimmy starts college.[8]
  • Tanner Flood as Buckley Voorhees, Jacqueline's hyperactive, violent son.[9]
  • Amy Sedaris as Mimi Kanassis, a rather dim-witted and annoying acquaintance of Jacqueline's who is desperate to regain social status after her divorce.
  • James Monroe Iglehart as Coriolanus Burt, Titus' professional rival.
  • Sheri Foster and Gil Birmingham (seasons 1-3) as Fern and Virgil White, Jacqueline's Lakota parents who hail from South Dakota.
  • Mike Britt (seasons 1, 2 & 4) as Walter Bankston, a witness to the raid on the Bunker, whose remixed interview (set to music by The Gregory Brothers) serves as the show's theme song. Walter Bankston is loosely based on Charles Ramsey, one of the rescuers of the captives of the Ariel Castro kidnappings.[10][11]
  • Ki Hong Lee (seasons 1 & 2) as Dong Nguyen, Kimmy's GED study buddy and love interest. An undocumented immigrant from Vietnam, he spends much of the show hiding from the authorities under the name "Richard Pennsylvania".
  • Adam Campbell (season 1) as Logan Beekman, a wealthy acquaintance of Julian's, who becomes intrigued by Kimmy after discovering she has no idea he is from one of New York's richest families. They briefly date before his jealousy over Dong spoils their romance.
  • Andy Ridings (season 1) as Charles, Buckley's tutor, who has a crush on Kimmy.
  • Susanna Guzman (season 1) as Vera, Jacqueline's housekeeper in season 1 and thus, Kimmy's co-worker. She believes Kimmy looks like "Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers".
  • Jason Kravits (season 1) as Gary Dubbin, Jacqueline's incompetent divorce lawyer.
  • Brandon Jones (seasons 1 & 2) as Brandon Yeagley, Cyndee's childhood crush and later ex-fiancée.
  • Julie Tice-Bubolz (seasons 1–3) as Yuko, a humanoid robot.
  • John Ellison Conlee (seasons 1 & 2) as Rick, a cast member at Professor Dracula's, a Times Square theme restaurant where Titus works.
  • Suzan Perry (seasons 1 & 2) as Sonja, an old and unusual student in Kimmy's GED class who marries Dong so that he can stay in the United States.
  • Tim Blake Nelson (seasons 1 & 4) as Randy Peterson, Kimmy's stepfather, a very incompetent state trooper who met, and later married, Kimmy's mother while searching for and failing to locate the missing Kimmy.[12]
  • Robin Rieger (seasons 1 & 4) as Carla Tuesday, a Durnsville reporter who covers the Mole Women's rescue and the Reverend's trial.
  • Tina Fey and Jerry Minor (season 1) as Marcia and Chris, incompetent prosecutors in the case against Richard Wayne. They are heavily implied to be Marcia Clark and Christopher Darden, the lead prosecutors in the OJ Simpson murder case.[13]
  • Tina Fey (seasons 2 & 3) as Dr. Andrea Bayden, an alcoholic psychiatrist who begins treating Kimmy for the issues she developed from her experience in the bunker. She has a Jekyll-and-Hyde-type personality between her sober-daytime-self and her drunk-nighttime-self.
  • Fred Armisen (seasons 2 & 3) as Robert "Bobby" Durst, a former flame of Lillian's. This character is a humorous representation of accused serial killer Robert Durst. Armisen returns in season 4 as "Robertina," Durst's sister, in the alternate universe.
  • Anna Camp (seasons 2 & 3) as Deirdre Robespierre, a wealthy, intelligent and dangerously bored trophy wife who becomes Jacqueline's rival.
  • David Cross/Billy Magnussen (seasons 2 & 3) as Russ Snyder, a rich pro-bono attorney who Jacqueline pursues and black sheep of his family. In season three, Russ is hospitalized after being run over by a car and his physical appearance is altered. He is played by Cross pre-accident and Magnussen post-accident.
  • Josh Charles (seasons 2 & 3) as Duke Snyder, Russ' favored brother, who tries to seduce Jacqueline.
  • Doug Plaut (season 2) as Terry, Kimmy's boss at the year round Christmas Store.
  • Chris Northrop (seasons 2-4) as Meth-Head Charlie, Kimmy and Titus' neighbor.
  • Kenan Thompson (seasons 2–4) as Roland Peacock, Lillian's deceased husband.
  • Derek Klena (seasons 2–4) as Doug / DJ Fingablast, a dog masseur and amateur DJ hired by Jacqueline to become her trophy boyfriend. He later makes the fictitious true crime documentary "Party Monster: Scratching the Surface" based on the Reverend.
  • Lisa Kudrow (seasons 2 & 4) as Lori-Ann Schmidt, Kimmy's absentee mother.
  • Daveed Diggs (season 3) as Perry, a philosophy student at Columbia University and Kimmy's friend and love interest.
  • Peter Riegert (seasons 3 & 4) as Artie Goodman, an upscale grocery chain owner who initially engages in a feud with Lillian, before they begin a relationship.
  • Noah Robbins (seasons 3 & 4) as Zach, Kimmy's classmate at Columbia and later boss at Giztoob.
  • Bill Barretta (seasons 3 & 4) as Lonny Dufrene and Mr. Frumpus, a puppeteer who works on a fictionalized version of Sesame Street and his puppet character.
  • Judah Friedlander (season 3) as Gordy, a conspiracy theorist musician who hires Titus to record the song "Boobs in California".
  • Michael Benjamin Washington (season 3) as Ruben, a gay church choir director and Titus' love interest.
  • Greg Kinnear (season 4) as himself, an actor who Jacqueline eventually represents.
  • Bobby Moynihan (season 4) as Fran Dodd, a men's rights activist and bridal shop employee.
  • Stephanie D'Abruzzo (season 4) as Jan, Kimmy's anthropomorphic backpack.
  • Busy Philipps (season 4) as Sheba Goodman, Artie's irresponsible daughter.
  • Elise Mestichelli (season 4) as C.H.E.R.Y./L., a humanoid robot and co-worker of Kimmy.

GuestEdit

Season 1 (2015)
  • Matt Lauer as himself, interviewing the Mole Women on the Today Show
  • John McMartin as Grant, a war veteran friend of the Voorheeses
  • Martin Short as Dr. Grant (pronounced "Franff"), Jacqueline's plastic surgeon
  • Pat Battle as herself, providing a report on the news, advertising the play Titus wishes to audition for
  • Richard Kind as Mr. Lefkovitz, Kimmy's GED teacher
  • Mark Harelik as Julian Voorhees, Jacqueline's adulterous husband
  • Nick Kroll as Tristafé, Jacqueline's instructor at Spirit Cycle, a parody of SoulCycle
  • Kiernan Shipka as Kymmi, Kimmy's resentful half-sister
  • Christine Ebersole as Helene, Xanthippe's biological mother
  • Dean Norris as M. Le Loup, a coach who helps Titus pass as a straight man in order to improve his casting chances
  • Robert Osborne as himself, providing a short ending comment on the showing of a fictitious 1938 musical film
  • Horatio Sanz as Hector, a street performer mariachi who works with Titus in Times Square

Season 2 (2016)

Season 3 (2017)

Season 4 (2018-19)

  • Aidy Bryant as Tabby Bobatti, the Reverend's live-in girlfriend who did not know about the bunker
  • Marsai Martin as Aisha, a student in the off-brand school production of Beauty and the Beast that Titus directs
  • Juwan Crawley as Hudson, a talented boy who auditions for Titus' production of Beauty and the Beast
  • Josh Cooke as Ethan Goodman, Artie’s son
  • Tariq Trotter as Damar Varnish, an interviewee in DJ Fingablast’s documentary
  • Jason Jones and Drew Gehling as Fred and Danford, attendees at the conference at which Kimmy represents Giztoob
  • Paul Walter Hauser as Tripp Knob, Jacqueline’s clueless subletter and later client
  • Jon Bernthal as Ilan, a mysterious man who romantically pursues Titus
  • Mark Linn-Baker and Joanna Gleason as Dave and Janice Hoffman, a couple to who Kimmy forms an attachment as substitute parents
  • Dan Byrd as Josh Hoffman, a boring coworker who Kimmy agrees to date in order to get close to his parents
  • Rob Huebel as Tad Frye, the host of a home renovation show who hires Titus to be his "reverse beard"
  • Samantha Buck as Sophie Van Nuys, a talent agent who steals a client from Jacqueline
  • Norm Lewis as Rumbleshanks, the lead role in a fictionalized version of Cats
  • Ronan Farrow as himself, encouraging Titus to come forward with his story of sexual harassment by Mr. Frumpus
  • Anders Holm as Bryan Pigslinger, Kimmy's college boyfriend and later husband in the alternate universe
  • Soledad O'Brien as herself, a reporter in the alternate universe
  • Zachary Quinto as Eli Rubin, a talent agent and Jacqueline's professional rival

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

The show was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock when NBC executives asked them to develop a show for Ellie Kemper.[14] Fey stated that they found an "innocence" about Kemper's face, but also noted there was a "strength" to it.[14] One idea was for the show to center on Kemper's character waking up from a coma, but this idea was abandoned in favor of the cult-survivor storyline.[14]

The show was initially under development for NBC under the title Tooken.[15] However, this was later changed to the current title.[16] Eventually NBC sold the series to Netflix.[17] Fey has stated that this was in part due to NBC "not feeling confident about watching comedies". Prior to the network switch, NBC planned to air the series as either a mid-season replacement or as a summer series.[14] The show was sold to Netflix and given a two-season order.[18]

On June 13, 2017, the show was renewed for a fourth and final season,[19][20] with the first 6 episodes premiering on May 30, 2018.[21] The second half was released on January 25, 2019.[22] On May 8, 2019, it was announced the series returns with an interactive special that is set to premiere in 2020.[23]

CastingEdit

Casting announcements for the remaining roles were held in March 2014, with Tituss Burgess cast as the role of Kimmy's roommate, Titus Andromedon. Titus is a talented singer who works odd entertainment jobs such as dressing up like a robot in Times Square or as a singing waiter at a theme restaurant.[3] Also cast was Carol Kane as Kimmy and Titus' landlady, Lillian Kaushtupper.[24]

Shortly afterwards, Sara Chase and Lauren Adams joined the series. Chase signed on for the role of Cyndee, Kimmy's closest friend during their years in the cult; Adams was cast in the role of Gretchen, a 10-year member of the cult who believes everything that she is told.[25] Jane Krakowski was later cast in the role of Jacqueline Voorhees, a wealthy Manhattanite who hires Kimmy as a nanny. Megan Dodds was originally cast before she was replaced with Krakowski.[5]

MusicEdit

The show's theme song, "Unbreakable", was produced by The Gregory Brothers and written by Jeff Richmond.[26] It is a tribute to The Gregory Brothers' YouTube show Songify the Newsauto-tuned news interviews that became viral videos. Richmond also wrote "Peeno Noir", a song performed by character Titus Andromedon during season 1, episode 6 of the series.[27]

ArtworkEdit

Artwork for the show's opening sequence was produced by a team at Pentagram that included feminist artist Deva Pardue.[28]

ReceptionEdit

The show has been widely acclaimed by television critics, who have praised the writing and cast.[29][30][31]

Season 1Edit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a rating of 95%, based on 55 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Blessed with originality and a spot-on performance from Ellie Kemper, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is as odd as it is hilarious."[32] On Metacritic, the first season has a score of 78 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[29]

Scott Meslow of The Week called the series "the first great sitcom of the streaming era", praising its wit, edge, and feminist tone.[33] Brian Moylan of The Guardian noted that it is "the sort of show that could benefit from multiple viewings, because the jokes are so packed in you’re sure to miss something while laughing."[34] TV Guide named it the "best new comedy of 2015".[35] IGN reviewer Max Nicholson gave the first season an 8.3 out of 10 'Great' rating, saying "Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is another winner in Netflix's original series catalog. Not only is it charming and funny, but it's unabashedly kooky, and Ellie Kemper nails the lead role."[36]

The first season was nominated for seven Primetime Emmy Awards.[37]

Category Nominee(s) Result
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series Jennifer Euston and Meredith Tucker Nominated
Outstanding Comedy Series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Jon Hamm as Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Tina Fey as Marcia Nominated
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program Jill Brown Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Jane Krakowski as Jacqueline Voorhees Nominated

Some reviewers have criticized the show's portrayal of Native Americans, with Vulture referring to a prominent Native American subplot as "offensive."[38][39] BuzzFeed wrote that the show has a "major race problem" and cited the lack of a plurality of portrayals of Native Americans as the main issue with the subplot, stating that "the way Native Americans are represented on this show matters. It's not one representation among a cornucopia of representations; it's the single mainstream representation in years."[40] The Daily Beast stated that when it comes to race, “especially in its portrayal of a key Vietnamese character, the show leaves much to be desired.” [41]

In the wake of the controversy, Tina Fey responded: "I feel like we put so much effort into writing and crafting everything, they need to speak for themselves. There's a real culture of demanding apologies, and I'm opting out of that."[42]

Season 2Edit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season holds a 100% approval rating, based on 24 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Not letting up in season two, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is still odd in the best of ways, wonderfully building on its unique comedy stylings and brilliantly funny cast."[43] On Metacritic, the second season has a score of 82 out of 100, based on 16 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[30]

The second season was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards.[37]

Category Nominee(s) Result
Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series Cindy Tolan Nominated
Outstanding Comedy Series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon Nominated

There was controversy surrounding the third episode from this season, “Kimmy Goes to a Play!,” which involved the use of yellow-face and the name of a group of Asian-Americans who were critical of yellow-face. The group is referred to as "Respectful Asian Portrayals in Entertainment", or "R.A.P.E" for short. The Asian-Americans shown protesting against yellow-face in the episode are conveyed as unlikable buffoons. Anna Akana criticized the use of yellow-face and the R.A.P.E. acronym during her 2016 Asians in Entertainment Key Note speech. Alex Abad-Santos wrote, “The odd thing about this episode is that it's another Tina Fey project that paints Asian people, specifically Asian women, as crappy characters. [...] The plot feels like a pointed, ironic response to anyone who has criticized Fey's past projects for being lazy and racist.”[44]

Season 3Edit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the third season holds a 96% approval rating, based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 8.18/10. The site's critical consensus states: "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt continues to thrive with a comically agile cast, notable guest stars, and a forceful influx of funny."[45] On Metacritic, the third season has a score of 78 out of 100, based on 12 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[31]

The third season was nominated for five Primetime Emmy Awards.[37]

Category Nominee(s) Result
Outstanding Comedy Series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt Nominated
Outstanding Music and Lyrics "Hell No" Nominated
Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Comedy Series or Variety Program Jill Brown Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon Nominated

Season 4Edit

On Rotten Tomatoes, the fourth season holds a 100% approval rating, based on 14 reviews, with an average rating of 8.33/10. The site's critical consensus states: "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ends with a final season that's as topical as it is cheerily irreverent."[46] On Metacritic, the fourth season has a score of 85 out of 100, based on 6 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[47]

The fourth season has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.[37]

Category Nominee(s) Result
Outstanding Comedy Series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Tituss Burgess as Titus Andromedon Nominated

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