‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ season 3 reviews: Does ‘happily nuts’ Netflix comedy deserve Emmys?

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” returned to Netflix for its third season on Friday, May 19, following two seasons that earned a combined 11 Emmy nominations, including two in a row for Best Comedy Series. And the reviews for this new batch of episodes indicate that it’s not less worthy of a return engagement with TV academy voters. As of this writing the show has a MetaCritic score of 82 and 91% freshness on Rotten Tomatoes.

Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, “Kimmy Schmidt” is founded on a dark comic premise: the title character (Ellie Kemper), after having spent decades of her life imprisoned in a bunker by an doomsday-cult leader, tries to adjust to her new life in New York City, and this year she’s going to college. It’s a “damn good” storyline that focuses less on her past and instead shows an “invigorating interest in the future.” It’s a “beautiful mess” with a “”bright, kooky universe.” It’s “happily nuts” and “among the sharpest and brainiest on television.”

Are you planning to binge season three of “Kimmy” all at once? Have you watched the whole thing already? Check out some of the reviews below and make sure to join the discussion on this show and more with your fellow TV fans in our forums.

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Melanie McFarland (Salon): “‘Kimmy Schmidt’ remains a live-action animated farce populated with outlandish characters interacting with a slapstick-happy world as if it were created by Tex Avery … Don’t worry about its underlying themes too much because three seasons in, the humor in ‘Kimmy Schmidt’ is still among the sharpest and brainiest on television.”

Verne Gay (Newsday): “And so, based on six episodes for review, ‘Kimmy’ remains ‘Kimmy,’ which is about as good as the news can get for fans. The third season adds a few more twists, a couple of turns and a double reverse flip or two … For fans, the news is all good. ‘Kimmy’ is as ‘Kimmy’ was. Which is to say happily nuts.”

Ben Travers (IndieWire): “Through six episodes, season three has shown far less reliance on the past and an invigorating interest in the future … We’ve covered a lot of her arrested development, and now it’s time to see what kind of story an adult Kimmy has to tell. So far, it’s a damn good one.”

Julia Selinger (Slant): “As it returns for a third season, the series, co-created by Fey and Robert Carlock, remains as much of a beautiful mess as ever. Its bright, kooky universe is stuffed with enough zingers to fill an entire season of CBS programming, but its airy, absurdist jokes fall short of truly exploring and critiquing the weightier topics introduced throughout the season.”

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