Monday, July 24, 2017

Now on Netflix: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 3 (2017)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 3 (2017) - Created by Robert Carlock, Tina Fey; Starring Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess, Jane Krakowski, Carol Kane, Jon Hamm, Amy Sedaris, Tina Fey, Josh Charles, David Cross, Anna Camp, Judah Friedlander, Kenan Thompson, Ray Liotta, Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Jim Gaffigan.

By Kenny Howell

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is somehow spinning its wheels while still being really funny in its third season.

Even though the characters seem to be going different places, they still seem very much in place, almost if there progression are just little adventures that keep them coming back to the same place they started.

In season 3, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) deals with a divorce from her kidnapper Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, then gets admitted because of her excellent rowing skills to Columbia University, where she obviously struggles.

Tituss (Tituss Burgess) returns from his cruise ship job by washing up on shore in New York, deals with the fallout from his breakup with Mikey, and then sings backup on a conspiracy theorists album, including a summer hit that sings about the boobs of California, the greatest boobs of all.

Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) may have the biggest story of the season as she dates a humdrum lawyer (David Cross), whose family is part of the ownership group of the Washington Redskins. Given her Native American ancestry, she works the entire season to get them to change the name.

Season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is pretty much the same as the previous two. It's funny, the cast is very good, it tries a bit too hard at times, I wish there was less of Jane Krakowski (who basically plays her 30 Rock character), and way more of Jon Hamm, who always has the most memorable lines, whether uttered by him or about him. It is what has kept this show from being good instead of great over its three seasons. There are flashes it could be, but the same little things, and a little bit of complacency, keep holding it back.

All three seasons of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are now streaming on Netflix.

Rating: ***

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