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'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' premiere fan recap: Indiana Mole Woman takes NYC

Season 1 | Episode 1 | “Kimmy Goes Outside!” | Aired Mar 6, 2015

The world has missed the comedic genius that is Tina Fey and her 30 Rock writing partner, Robert Carlock. Well, the world might have just got a little brighter, thanks to the debut of their Netflix original comedy series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The first episode gives fans witty writing that embodies the brilliance of 30 Rock, with elements of late ’90s early ’00s nostalgia, and a spin on the independent woman taking on the big city.

Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) has been trapped for the past 15 years in a bunker as a member of a doomsday cult, after being kidnapped by a crazy old white dude, Reverend Richard. Kimmy and her three “sisters” are finally freed, and discover that the world as they knew it still exists. Labeled the “Indiana Mole Women,” the ladies head off to New York City to take part in an exclusive Today Show interview with Matt Lauer. After the interview, Kimmy comes to the realization that she cannot go back to Indiana. Instead, she chooses to stay in New York City. With a purple JanSport backpack filled with cash, Kimmy begins a cute montage about experiencing the Big Apple for the first time.

Kimmy may have been living underground for 15 years, but she does know that if she wants to stay in NYC, she is going to need to find an apartment. This task brings her to the door of landlord Lillian (Carol Kane), who is renting out a room within the apartment of Titus (Tituss Burgess), who is not to thrilled with the idea of a roommate. Failing to show proof of employment, Kimmy does not get the apartment. Now she’s off on a journey to find a job.

Kimmy heads to her new favorite place, Dylan’s Candy Bar, to apply for that job. While in the middle of her pitch, Kimmy witnesses a little boy stealing some candy. Putting on her “stranger danger ranger” hat on, Kimmy brings Buckley (Tanner Flood) back to his fancy brownstone. Enter the self-centered Manhattan housewife, Jacqueline Voorhes (Jane Krakowski), who offers Kimmy a job as Buckley’s nanny on the spot. Kimmy is ordered to report for duty tomorrow at 6 a.m.

On a high from landing a job, Kimmy heads back to Lillian and Titus to get her room. Because she has a job (and whipped out some cash from that purple JanSport), Kimmy is now officially Titus’ roommate. After realizing that Kimmy is “Indiana basic,” Titus collection two months’ worth of back rent, this month’s current rent, and a security deposit. Pumped and ready, Kimmy wants to go out dancing to celebrate her new job. With her JanSport on her back and light-up Skechers on her feet, Kimmy and Titus hit the club.

Kimmy is having the time of her life butt-dancing, and a guy almost kisses her! But her life comes crumbling down when she discovers her backpack, filled with all her cash, was stolen. Kimmy spends the whole night trying to get back home. She shows up very late to her first day of work and is fired on the spot.

Kimmy heads back to apartment and confides in Titus. She admits that she is an Indiana Mole Woman who now has no money and no job. Titus gives Kimmy back all her cash, and tells her to buy a bus ticket back to Indiana. He was once like Kimmy, after being rejected 20 times from the Broadway production of The Lion King. Now Titus now dresses up as a knock-off Iron Man in Time Square. This city will break Kimmy just like it broke him

Kimmy heads off to the bus station. She about to board the bus when her strawberry milk spills in her bag and gets all over her copy of The Baby-Sitters Club. While cleaning out her bag, Kimmy notices a rat in the trash can. This leads to a flashback of Kimmy in the bunker. It would seem that Reverend Richard was never able to break Kimmy—and Kimmy won’t be broken now. Kimmy head off to Time Square and confronts Titus, which leads to this epic moment:


Kimmy is staying in NYC—and Titus will sing again! The two hold hands and starting singing “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King while all of New York City ignores them.

Season one of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is now streaming on Netflix.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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