“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is still rough around the edges

March 6, 2015 2:04 PM

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Kimmy Schmidt is an upbeat person in a dark world. She’s not always happy, in a grating, Pollyanna-ish kind of way, but when a cloud does blot her sunshine, it takes just a few minutes—never more than 22, because this is a sitcom—for her to beam again. That might be, in part, because she spent 15 years underground. When you haven’t seen daylight for 15 years, everything looks like the sunny side of life.

Kimmy spent 15 years underground because she was recruited—forcibly recruited, i.e., kidnapped—into an apocalyptic cult with four other members. Three, like her, were young women (though none as young as her; she was just 14 when she was snatched); the fourth is the Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne...

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