“The success of Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt‘s hilarious first season was hardly a surprise given the caliber of the people behind the camera (30 Rock‘s Tina Fey and Robert Carlock co-created the comedy) and in front of it (Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess, andCarol Kane), and so it’s equally unsurprising that the series is every bit as funny, if not funnier, in its second season.
Because the show’s first season was filmed for NBC prior to it being sold to Netflix, Kimmy’s first 13 episodes in New York played out much like a broadcast sitcom in terms of format, and that hasn’t changed in Season 2, which can only be considered a good thing.
Though some of this season’s episodes run a bit longer than the standard 22 minutes of most broadcast comedies, Fey and Carlock have chosen to stick with what they know, which means structuring episodes that build toward traditional but now non-existent act breaks and keeping it as squeaky clean as Kimmy herself. The show’s second season falls fully in line with the idea that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and as the name suggests, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt isn’t and has never been broken. It’s still the same series in Season 2, but one that’s even more sure of itself.
With the trial of Jon Hamm’s Richard Wayne Gary Wayne concluded (“We put a mad man in jail together!”), the series has moved on to the next chapter of Kimmy’s life in New York. This version of the City that Never Sleeps is still just as ridiculous and strange as it’s ever been, partly evidenced in a storyline in which Kimmy tries to get fellow Mole Woman Gretchen to make her own life decisions, which leads to the latter doing coke with a junkyard Elmo and getting a giant chest tattoo in a public bathroom before leaving and forming her own cult…”