After four seasons on Netflix, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has ended its run. The absurdist comedy starring Ellie Kemper followed the eponymous character, a young woman who has to adapt to the year 2015 after spending the last 15 years locked away in a bunker with just three other women, completely unaware of the outside world. Despite its popularity, the series has reached an end, and here’s what you need to know about it and how that decision was made.
When did Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt start?
The series began airing in 2015 on Netflix. It begins with Kimmy and her “sisters” from the bunker having been discovered and set free. The “Indiana Mole Women” travel to New York City to appear on a talk show, and Kimmy decides to stay and make a life for herself in the big apple.
For the first three seasons, 13 episodes were released in the spring each year. The final season was split into two six-episode halves, the first premiering in May 2018 and the second in January 2019.
Tina Fey created the show
The comedy may have been the biggest hit with fans of 30 Rock, and that’s no coincidence. Following the NBC sitcom’s cancelation in 2013, Fey began work on the new series. Fey created the show alongside Robert Carlock, who she worked with on 30 Rock, for NBC, which then sold it to Netflix.
Star Ellie Kemper was already well known
Kemper was attached to the series from the very beginning. Many may recognize her from her role as Erin on The Office, another NBC sitcom. This show also wrapped up in 2013, leaving her free for a new project.
Kimmy Schmidt definitely made a bigger star out of Kemper, though much of her work is in animated children’s programming. Kemper was the voice of Crackle on several episodes of the Disney Junior series Sofia the First, and voiced Katie in The Secret Life of Pets and its upcoming sequel.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt earned critical acclaim
From the moment it began airing, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt drew positive commentary. All four seasons were nominated for at least two Emmys nominations, specifically Kemper for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and her co-star, Tituss Burgess, for his Supporting role.
The final season was announced to be the last just prior to the release of the first half in May 2018. The cancelation may or may not have been a mutual decision reached by Tina Fey and Netflix.
An Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt movie?
Despite the end of the series, there could be more of Kimmy, Titus, and the gang in the future. Fey, Carlock, and the cast are not ruling out a one-off Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt movie in the future. Carlock told the Hollywood Reporter, “We believe there are more stories to tell, and hopefully there will be an announcement about that soon.”
However, if it doesn’t happen, Kemper is happy with how things wrapped up. “I am so happy with how these stories ended,” Kemper told CNN. “Every character sort of finishes his or her journey in a really satisfying way. That felt really nice to leave on that note.”