TV Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt provides a solid template for the Netflix sitcom

Netflix’s new sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt migrated to the streaming service when NBC left the show swaddled on Netflix’s doorstep, unable to nurture another cult-ready comedy as the network shifted its focus to drama development. The move had the ring of a no-confidence vote. Kimmy Schmidt, created by 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, is based on an elaborate premise that seems unworkable from its logline, making it the sort of thing Netflix can capriciously buy at a network fire sale without denting its war chest. Turns out the glass was half-full: Kimmy Schmidt is not only a winning comedy; it exemplifies what a Netflix sitcom should be.

Ellie Kemper stars as the title character, who decides to make a go of it in Manhattan after being rescued from the nuclear fallout shelter she called home for 15 years. Kimmy is one of the four “Indiana …

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