11th March 2015 Helen 15Comment

My February Netflix post was going to be a very humdrum whinge about how moving house and having no WiFi had conspired to rob me of the next season of House of Cards.  Then someone had the inspired idea of inviting myself and a gang from the Netflix StreamTeam to London for a day of drinks, pampering, drinks and a few more drinks to celebrate the premier of the new Netflix Show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.  So, assuming that no-one really wants to see my slightly blurry photos of London, hear about a lovely day away from the kids, work and reality, or even see my now-chipped-but-once-lovely manicure, I’ve decided to tell you 10 things I have in common with Kimmy Schmidt the new Netflix funny-girl of the moment.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

  1. Emerging after years hidden underground with a religious cult Kimmy is shocked to find the apocalypse never happened and life up top has continued without her.   I went out on Saturday night and felt much the same.
  2. Kimmy emerges from her bunker in pretty good physical condition, with very glossy hair and very nice makeup. I often look like I’ve come out from an underground lair, have very shiny hair (especially on days when I don’t get to wash it) and apparently still own some makeup.
  3. Kimmy meets all sorts of weirdos on her first night in New York.  Last week I had a twenty minute chat with a Dublin taxi-driver about the City’s BDSM scene *.
  4. Kimmy lives with a signing dancing wannabe-chorus signer who is obsessed with The Lion King. Change the soundtrack to Frozen, and that is my life.
  5. As a nanny to a Manhattan family, Kimmy answers to two snotty posh kids and a high maintenance mother. As a Dublin mother I answer to three snotty-nosed high maintenance kids.
  6. Kimmy is terrified of anyone finding out about her past as a ‘mole woman’.  I’m terrified about my kids finding the photo albums for the nineties and naughties all of which feature booze, cigarettes and plenty of cleavage.  The day those albums are discovered I lose all moral authority.
  7. Kimmy dresses like a child. The fact that my kids laugh when I ‘make an effort’ (read ‘wear something other than jeans’) suggests I too, have a problem dressing my age.
  8. Kimmy never returned her library books before heading into the bunker.  Dublin City Library may yet erect a plaque in my name. I am their most generous benefactor.
  9. Kimmy needs a friend to talk to. I haven’t finished a sentence in about 5 years. No-one has noticed.
  10. Kimmy has an endlessly sunny disposition. With wine, I too am a very positive person.

* there is a current-affair context for this conversation. I swear it. 

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt launched on Netflix on 6 March and is available to stream.  It’s a funny New York based sitcom starring Ellie Kemper as Kimmy, who fresh from life in a religious cult, comes to live in New York City.  Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers, and a couple of way-past-due library books, she’s ready to take on a world she didn’t even think existed anymore. Wide-eyed but resilient, nothing is going to stand in her way.  She quickly finds a new job (working for 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski), a new roommate (Tituss Burgess – 30 Rock), and a new beginning. 

Here’s a clip. Enjoy!


As a member of the Netflix Stream Team I have been given, free of charge, an Apple TV and a year-long subscription to the Netflix streaming service, for the purposes of monthly Netflix updates. I also get occasional and very nice treats like a day trip to London and all that booze. At all times the opinions given are independent and my own.

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15 thoughts on “10 Things I have in common with the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

    1. Thanks lady! Just back from knitting. BIL’s oven is not only dirty but also very tempremental so I wasn’t going to rely on it for baking so I knocked up ANOTHER batch of your malteser squares. I was super lazy and made them with the microwave. They went down a storm! None made it home!!

  1. Love this. With respect to no. 9, I think my situation can be summed up by the joyful message a friend left on my FB wall yesterday when I posted about how great it was that the kids were having a full day of school: “Nobody has spoken to me all day!”
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    1. Oh I fully intend on being pickled for at least the next decade or two Emily. If I keep topping up my hip flask I can be guaranteed that I’m aging gracefully (or at least oblivious to it if I’m not).
      Kimmy was funny. Not side splittingly so but certainly chuckling so! We were beautifully sozzled – but stuffed ourselves with a tasty chinese before attempting to catch that international flight home! A part of me was hoping security would intervene and ground us for the night. Sadly we made it.

    1. Ha! Well according to ‘my source’ it’s all the rage so beware!!! Kimmy’ weirdos have nothing on our homegrown talent!!!

    1. Just yesterday they got 10.60 off me. I always pay up, safe in the knowledge I completely blame my husband for failing to renew online!!

  2. Just the right time of night to read this and enjoy it to its max. I’m chuckling away here into a glass of wine hoping no one comes in.
    I have already lost all moral authority since they discovered I wasn’t great for attending school, and repeated my leaving. I also never went to my Debs, nor did I ever wish to, so I am also now deemed to be a ‘freak’.
    I think I just might go back and read it again. Loved it.
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