Looking forward to season two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt but can't remember what went down in season one? No problem: here's our full season one recap...
Looking for something to lift your spirits? We’ve got good news: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is coming back to Netflix with a brand new and exclusive second season, landing 15 April. It follows the ongoing misadventures of Kimmy’s new life in New York after a lifetime spent in a nuclear bunker, but while the comedy is the main thrust of the show, there’s plenty of plot to get lost in too.
So what if you’ve forgotten how season one left off? No problem: we’re here with a full season one recap for your delectation…
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD FOR SEASON ONE OF UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT.
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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: In a nutshell
Meet Kimmy, our ever-cheerful hero. She’s spent the last 15 years captive in an underground bunker in Indiana, held alongside three other women (AKA the ‘Mole Women’) by a reverend who’d managed to convince them that the outside world had violently ended, apocalypse-style. As you do. On being rescued from such a dire situation, most people would become an introverted husk of a person – not so, our Kimmy.
She opts to move to New York to reboot her adult years, where she teams up with landlady Lillian, broadway actor and roommate Titus, Jacqueline Voorhees (whose kids she gets a job nannying for), and love interest Charles.
Sound like your kind of thing? Here’s fans top 5 moments from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 1…
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Full season one recap
Kimmy and the other ‘Mole Women’ find fleeting fame after their rescue from the bunker before KS decides to restart her life in NYC. Kimmy quickly finds a roommate in Titus – a struggling actor who pulls out this fabulous music video at the end of the series…
She also embeds herself into the Voorhees household when she secures herself a job nannying for socialite Jacqueline Voorhees, although she’s fired just as quickly as she’s hired. And to cement her bad start in the big city, Kimmy also loses her ‘mole fund’ cash ($13,000) in a nightclub.
Mrs Vorhees eventually rehires Kimmy after she proves her worthwhile organising her son Xanthippe’s birthday bash, before trying to set Kimmy up with a rich elderly gent. This causes emerging love interest Charles to grow jealous, so he promptly asks her out on a date.
Next up, our plucky protagonist gets a call from one of the other Mole Women, Cyndee, whom Kimmy invites to come to New York so that they can discuss their time in the bunker. At the same time, Kimmy and Charles step things up a gear, the two admitting their feelings for one another and kissing. There’s then some shenanigans in which Cyndee’s boyfriend Brandon is revealed to be gay, although the two get engaged anyway, causing Kimmy to assess exactly what she’s achieved since leaving the bunker.
Spurred on, she joins a General Educational Development course with the aim of finally passing the eighth grade (the last year of middle school), where she soon finds herself rallying the class against their slacker teacher. At this point in the series Charles is long gone thanks to Kimmy inadvertently using the ‘L’ word way too early on, but don’t feel bad: she quickly meets and eyes up dashing Logan Beekman at a party hosted by Jacqueline… Although that all goes to pot once she starts getting close to fellow student and maths tutor, Dong. Logan issues an ultimatum at her 30th birthday party, and Kimmy chooses Dong.
At the tail end of the season it’s time to testify against the reverend who held Kimmy and the others captive for all those years. She and the other Mole Women return to Indiana – and to the bunker – to gather evidence, but they get trapped down there while they bicker among themselves. Not again! Thankfully they’re able to work together to make it out, and win their case by presenting some newly-found video evidence of the Rev.
But it’s not all good news at the end of season one: Jacqueline, fresh off a divorce, decides to move to South Dakota, while Dong gets married to fellow classmate Sonya for a Green Card.
Reasons to watch: Famous faces, clever cameos
Recognise a few famous faces? Think the show’s sense of humour rings a bell? You’re not wrong. Kimmy Schmidt is the brainchild of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, whose other main joint project was 30 Rock. Kimmy, meanwhile, is played by Ellie Kemper, who US comedy fans will recognise as Erin in the US version of The Office.
But there’s plenty more star power besides. The reverend at the show’s start and end is played by none other than Jon Hamm, who drama fans will know as Don Draper from Mad Men, while Jacqueline is played by Jane Krakowski, a 30 Rock alumni who found fame in the role of Elaine Vassal in 90s smash hit Ally McBeal. And lastly, Lillian – Kimmy’s landlord – is played by legend of stage and screen Carol Kane, whose extensive credits include Annie Hall, Taxi, and Madame Morrible in Wicked. That’s quite a roster.
And as if that’s not all, remember that fabulous music video we mentioned earlier? Well, one of Netflix’s other critically acclaimed and fan favourite shows, OITNB, pays tribute to Titus’ ‘Peeno Noir’ video, and we couldn’t help but share it with you…
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