TV Club: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: “Kimmy Makes Waffles!”

Because it was originally packaged for network television, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, especially in the beginning, didn’t necessarily feel like Netflix’s first original sitcom. The redundancy of some of the first few episodes became even more noticeable when bingeing back-to-back. But over time, Kimmy Schmidt‘s writers have become better at the long-term plotting and serialization of the show. That’s especially exemplified by the final three episodes of the season, which function as a very clear serialized story, grounded in the trial of Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne.

Suspense isn’t something you usually look for in comedy, but this finale has real twists and reveals that make it exciting. It’s not the same kind of suspense you might find in a drama, but rather a comedic rendering of these kinds of story devices. The penultimate episode ended on a textbook cliffhanger, with the mole women finding …

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