TV Club: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: “Kimmy Rides A Bike!”

Because its characters aren’t all completely morally bankrupt or assholes as is common of most dark comedies, you don’t see that subgenre thrown around a lot when it comes to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which is more often described as charming and delightful than dark. But underneath all the bright colors of Kimmy’s wardrobe and her inspirational pep talks, we can never fully forget about the very bleak and fucked up recent history of the character. Playing a plot about an abusive cult leader who holds women hostage for over a decade for comedy isn’t as simple a task as, say, playing a dysfunctional family or an unproductive workplace for comedy is. Mining comedy from trauma without offending or making light of the situation is a challenge.

The show has certainly stumbled on that front, the most noticeable time being Kimmy’s off-hand remark about “weird sex …

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