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    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is back with more quality laughs, healthy positivity

    Still from the Netflix Original Series “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” season two.

    The second season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” premiered Friday with 13 new episodes about Schmidt’s life in New York after being kidnapped and kept in an underground bunker for 15 years.

    Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) is an optimistic adult with a child-like outlook on life who gets excited about things like eating candy for dinner or working in a store where it’s Christmas every day. She lives with Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess), a gay actor looking for work and love in New York. Schmidt’s passionate landlord Lillian (Carol Kane) and her sometimes friend Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) make up the cast of oddball characters.

    Unlike most sitcom characters, this show is filled with people who have actual problems. Schmidt’s still affected by the events in her past and she starts going to therapy to deal with this. Although her therapist has some problems of her own, the two try to help each other as best they can. Andromedon almost ruins a new relationship because he’s afraid the guy will leave him and he’ll get hurt. Later, Andromedon writes and performs a one-man show about his past life that results in learning to never read the comments section on the internet.

    Lillian fights for what she believes in, mainly wanting things in the neighborhood to remain the same and avoid the influx of annoying hipsters. Jacqueline, possibly the most messed up of all, chases after rich guys to replace her ex-husband so she doesn’t have to admit to not having money any more. The dysfunctional characters all work together to help each other out, even though they each have their share of problems along the way.

    “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is a fun, music-filled show with the catchiest theme song ever (It’ll be weeks before you get it out of your head). Everything is happy and bright, even Schmidt’s wardrobe. The show looks like an adult version of everything I wanted in fourth grade, including cat sweaters and sneakers with wheels. Even the episode titles are fun, like “Kimmy Goes on a Playdate!” and “Kimmy Meets a Drunk Lady!” For Schmidt, the world is a beautiful place where people are nice and ice cream fixes problems (which it 100 percent does).

    The show focuses on the lives of Schmidt and her friends in New York and while it may not have much action or romance, the characters make the show a must-watch. Schmidt can get a little annoying at times, with all of her positivity and niceness, but she really cares about everyone. She repeatedly proves this with her crazy antics, like having a fake Christmas with Andromedon and Lillian to make up for the Christmases she missed in the bunker. Andromedon is completely relatable too, with his constant singing, his struggle to find a job and his sentiment, “I’ve decided to live as a bed from now on.”

    If you’re looking for an amusing show with great characters and bright colors, check out “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” It’s a great show about friendship and life. With only half-hour-long episodes, you can watch the entire season in a day. By the first few episodes, you’ll be singing along to the theme song every time. Seriously, you’ll never stop singing that song.

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