It’s a trending topic because it’s entertaining the masses. But who is The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt? We’ve got you covered.

Netflix Instant

If you don’t have Netflix Instant, unless you’re willing to start paying ~$10 a month, you can pretty much stop reading here. Anything you read from here on out is either going to make you want to start paying for Netflix Instant, or you’ll be happy you aren’t.

That’s where you can, as of now, watch the show. It’s a show, by the way, did I forget to mention that? It’s a comedy, so don’t think too hard about House Of Cards, because there aren’t parallels there.

Think 30 Rock

What does The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt have to do with the formerly wildly popular NBC comedy 30 Rock? They’re both written and produced by Tiny Fey and Robert Carlock. You might not be familiar with Carlock, but he also helped write for Saturday Night Live and a few other things not worth mentioning, because, well, Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.

Tina Fey, too. You probably know who she is. If not, you’ve got a lot of catching-up to do, and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is probably the least of your worries.

Ellie Kemper

She’s Kimmy Schmidt. I won’t go into the reasons why she’s unbreakable, because I don’t do spoilers. What I will tell you about is where you know her from, because you’ve probably seen her before… unless you don’t know who Tina Fey is… in which case, you’re STILL reading?

The Office – Remember that cute, funny, naive redhead who took over as office secretary when Pam left the desk? That’s Erin Hannon… and she was portrayed by Ellie Kemper from 2009 until 2013. Believe it or not, that spanned 102 episodes.

Bridesmaids – She wasn’t Kristen Wiig, nor Maya Rudolph, nor Wendi McLendon-Covey, Melissa McCarthy, Rebel Wilson or even Rose Byrne. She was the funny redhead, and important enough to make the movie poster. See below, straddling the “I”.


She’s funny, and at times she’s even willing to be a little raunchy (yet, still naive). Check outĀ Derrick Comedy’s short “Blowjob” (no nudity involved, though the dialogue is explicit).

The Others

In the credits from the 13 episodes available at this point, you might not know too many of the names of the other cast members.

Jake Krakowski? A 30 Rock regular.

Tituss Burgess? He was in a few episodes of 30 Rock.

Carol Kane? She has dozens of credits to her name in all sorts of well-known things dating back to the early 1970s. Dog Day Afternoon. Annie Hall. The Muppet Movie (the original). Taxi (the original). The Princess Bride. Jumpin’ Jack Flash. Scrooged. My Blue Heaven. JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO.

The rest of the cast is mostly full of people I’ve never heard of… aside from a few episodes with Jon Hamm. Others making appearances include Martin Short, Dean Norris (Breaking Bad), Amy Sedaris, Matt Lauer, Nick Kroll, Horatio Sanz, and (of course) show creator Tina Fey.

The Premise

A woman escapes from a doomsday cult and starts life over again in New York City.

So… Ellie Kemper once again plays a naive-yet-hopeful fish out of water? What more do you need to know?!


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