With the premature cancellation of ABC's "Selfie" and the series finale of "Parks and Recreation", it's been hard out here for a US sitcom fan. Lately I feel like I've been frantically searching for a new television show to be officially obsessed with. But this week, Netflix officially debuted their brand new series, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", an original comedy created by (The Supreme Goddess) Tina Fey, and I am in love. Starring the adorable Ellie Kemper (who many of you might know as Erin from "The Office"), the show tells the story of a bubbly and naive woman making a new life for herself in New York City after being rescued from her Indiana doomsday cult's underground bunker. The contrast of her personality with the brash reality of Manhattan is hilarious enough, but of course, Tina's knack for pulling together a charming comedy makes it even better.
So here is a list of the five moments I loved in the "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" pilot, alternately titled: "MARATHON THIS ASAP. THE ENTIRE FIRST SEASON IS ALREADY ON NETFLIX, YOU GUYS."
1. Kimmy's Obsession with Dylan's Candy Bar
If you've never been to Dylan's Candy Bar in New York City, it is essentially the FAO Schwarz of anything with a ridiculous amount of sugar. One of the first things Kimmy does when she finds herself in Manhattan is head to Dylan's Candy Bar to purchase bags full of candy. For dinner, naturally. My favorite part is when Kimmy returns to the store to ask them for a job by saying: "Hi, I'm Kimmy. I'm a big fan of your products, particularly the shark gummies."
I like shark gummies too, Kimmy. Let's be BFFs, okay?
2. The 'Songify the News' Unbreakable Song
I can't believe they actually got the YouTubers that run the Songify the News channel to make a Songify the News song out of the news story in the pilot. It was so random and unexpected that I couldn't stop laughing. My favorite part is that they used the song all over again in the ending credits. Here's to hoping it's a permanent closing credits track for the series. Females are strong as hell.
3. Titus + Kimmy's Budding Bromance
I love Titus, Kimmy's reluctant roommate, played by Broadway actor Tituss Burgess. (With a name like that, I'm guessing the character's name is no coincidence.) One of the things I particularly loved about their relationship, as explored in the pilot, is that it's by no means one-sided. The balance of Titus's cynicism and Kimmy's optimism means that they both have something they could learn from one another. (I especially love their little impromptu duet in the last scene. So adorable!)
4. The Return of Jane Krakowski
If you were a big fan of "30 Rock", you'll be as equally excited as I was when I saw that Kimmy's new boss is being played by none other than Jane Krakowski. The role of Jacqueline Voorhees isn't too far off from her Jenna Maroney, but it's so much fun seeing Jane play the role of the spoiled blonde Manhattanite all over again.
5. Tina Fey's Hilarious Jokes
One of the things I love about Tina's wit is that she often points out the absurdities of what's considered cool or common these days. A character like Kimmy Schmidt is the perfect opportunity to point out and scrutinize today's culture with a little bit of humor. (One of my favorite jokes of the pilot was when Kimmy goes to a club, and these two girls offer her some drugs, asking her if she's a "fan of molly". This gif is what she responds with. I feel like any 90s girl would have been as tickled as I was.) I'm really excited to see how Kimmy grows!