• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 6, 2015
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Feb 18, 2015
    91
    Right there in the title, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt tells you its central character is stronger than what's been done to her, and she will survive it. Plus, it's funny.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Mar 6, 2015
    90
    It uses the creative breathing room to dial up and embrace the show’s inherent weirdness--this is a comedy about a cult survivor, after all--and then have the luxury to bring things back to a relatable, human level again.... [Fey and Carlock] solidified themselves as not just bravura comedy writers--which we already knew they were--but industry risk-takers, too.
  3. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Mar 6, 2015
    90
    Netflix has previously scored with "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards," but this is the first true comedy it has picked up and it looks to be a winner. Unbreakable? Unassailable.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 12, 2015
    83
    Creators Fey and Carlock instill Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt with the infectious positivity of their title character, who won’t give up, no, she’ll never give up. Still, her hard knocks life starts taking its toll in later episodes, draining some of Kimmy’s ebullience and replacing it with a little petulance. The sunny side up Kimmy is much preferable.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Alston
    Mar 6, 2015
    83
    The show doesn’t crank out gags at the same overwhelming frequency as 30 Rock, but from its earliest moments, Kimmy Schmidt brims with a comic sensibility recognizable as Fey’s.
  6. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Mar 6, 2015
    83
    It's funnier than most of what's on television these days, but it never coalesces into something spectacular.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 5, 2015
    83
    It's at once a twisted parody of every "plucky single gal in the big city" story ever told, and an often hilarious version of the real thing.
  8. Reviewed by: Diane Gordon
    Mar 10, 2015
    80
    The result, like “30 Rock,” is another sharply written, often offbeat, endearing and funny comedy.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Mar 9, 2015
    80
    There are also times when Kemper seems to be playing a thin gloss on 30 Rock's protagonist, Liz Lemon. Yet give Kimmy Schmidt enough time, and it reveals that the real comparison point to make here isn't with 30 Rock. It's with Bewitched.
  10. 80
    This is a comedy. And it’s a good one, warm and charming, genuinely funny, and also odd enough to come from Tina Fey and writing partner Robert Carlock.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Mar 6, 2015
    80
    The leads are all marvelous, with a complementary elemental division of attitudes: Kemper, air; Burrell, fire; Kane, earth; and Krakowski, water, as I reckon it. They rise to the occasion and make it an event.
  12. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 6, 2015
    80
    It’s a smart, funny series, and it’s a relief to know Netflix saved it from what was sure to be terminal neglect had it aired on NBC.
  13. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Mar 6, 2015
    80
    Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is super-clever, features a winning performance by The Office’s Ellie Kemper, and moves like a well-oiled joke machine.
  14. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 5, 2015
    80
    The good news is that Kimmy is already really good; in the first six episodes, each one gets better as it goes (though the pilot is particularly strong).
  15. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Mar 5, 2015
    80
    The execution of the high concept is rich with many excellent details, gags, and characters.
  16. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Mar 5, 2015
    80
    The series leavens wacky absurdity with acid wit and is very funny.
  17. 80
    The show is savvy and hilarious and I was completely sold on it, but I'm also not surprised that NBC ultimately decided not to air it.
  18. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Mar 5, 2015
    80
    It feels like 30 Rock. There’s the same deadpan, high-octane pacing, penchant for the completely silly, love of weird names, and passion for bizarre pop-culture reference.... But Kimmy Schmidt has a bigger heart than 30 Rock.
  19. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 5, 2015
    80
    There's nothing generic about the funny (and charming) Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
  20. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Mar 4, 2015
    80
    The greatest thing about Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is that it keeps getting weirder and funnier.
  21. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Mar 3, 2015
    80
    On its own, the show’s concept might have just been a throwaway 30 Rock subplot; what sustains it is how it applies the concept of unbreakability beyond Kimmy. Each character is a survivor.
  22. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 4, 2015
    75
    The humor is one reason the show works, and the cast, especially Kemper, is the other.
  23. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Mar 26, 2015
    70
    Like many newbie sitcoms, Kimmy Schmidt stumbles, at times, to find its tone--and, with thirteen episodes launched at once, it doesn’t have the freedom to rejigger itself.... When it comes to jokes about trauma, however, the show takes more risks.
  24. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Mar 6, 2015
    70
    The rest of the show is built around her, and it’s her performance that is able to make the show’s softer parts work, even as the show’s best moments showcase her skills.
  25. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Mar 2, 2015
    70
    While Kemper’s mood can grate, she’s working from a very logical base. There’s the Elizabeth Smart innocence that suggests this does have legs. How long they can maintain the guise is anyone’s guess.
  26. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 6, 2015
    67
    As a character with a sartorial preference for canary yellow, Kemper's Schmidt comes into focus intensely and immediately. She pops off the screen, and pleasingly so. Her series, less so.
  27. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 5, 2015
    60
    Perhaps Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt will eventually find a way to be a show worthy of all this talk and expectation, rather than the B-/C+ attempt at a network show that Fey and Carlock have delivered. There’s not much special about it, so far, except the lucky circumstances of its survival.
  28. Reviewed by: Josh Bell
    Mar 4, 2015
    60
    There are plenty of typical sitcom misunderstandings and miscommunications, and some of the humor is disappointingly tame coming from Fey and Carlock. But the looming darkness is what makes Unbreakable worth watching.
  29. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Feb 18, 2015
    60
    The net effect, though, has a slightly tired feel to it--or at least, one that doesn’t feel wholly worthy of Netflix’s premium-TV niche. Indeed, in terms of laughs, the show essentially peaks in its first few minutes.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 299 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 23 out of 299
  1. Mar 7, 2015
    10
    Absolutely loving Kimmy Schmidt. Can't wait for Season 2! FYI: I am a fan of Community, Parks and Rec, Don't Trust the B---- in Apt 23, andAbsolutely loving Kimmy Schmidt. Can't wait for Season 2! FYI: I am a fan of Community, Parks and Rec, Don't Trust the B---- in Apt 23, and love Last Man on Earth so far. Full Review »
  2. Apr 20, 2015
    5
    This show really puzzles me. It seems like its target audience is adults, but the style of humor is reminiscent of something on the DisneyThis show really puzzles me. It seems like its target audience is adults, but the style of humor is reminiscent of something on the Disney channel. It's quirky, full of energy, and occasionally very funny, but I generally don't appreciate intentionally bad puns, which this show relies on heavily. The characters are also extremely one-sided and animated. I understand that's part of the effect they're going for, but honestly, every character annoys me to some extent, and they're all just really, really stupid. Maybe it's just my preference, but I think comedy is best when it exaggerates real life while still maintaining some level of believability. This show, however, relies too much on extreme caricatures of real people making inane decisions. I'm sure some people find that hilarious, but most of the time I think it's cringeworthy. Full Review »
  3. Mar 7, 2015
    8
    Netflix picks up another winning original series. The humor is almost as "unbreakable" as it's protagonist. The jokes are diverse and occur atNetflix picks up another winning original series. The humor is almost as "unbreakable" as it's protagonist. The jokes are diverse and occur at an almost non-stop rate. Not all of them knock it out of the park, but I still found myself laughing a lot.

    The characters and situations are odd. That not only amplifies the humor, but the charm as well. These first 13 episodes have been a real treat and I can't wait for more in the future. The repetition of the lessons it tries to teach is noticeable and I wish certain characters would have stuck around longer (humorous side-characters leave just as quickly as they arrive), but that doesn't stop this from being a great first outing for Kimmy Schmidt. There's plenty of charm and laughs to find with this show.
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