Binge to your heart’s delight! That’s the theme again this week as Ed and Dean look at two original series from Netflix and Amazon. The two chat about plots, characters, jokes, music and just what to call original properties of a serial nature. Betcha can’t watch just one… episode… of these series… probably.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015) is brand-spanking-new sitcom from Tina Fey. Starring the receptionist from The Office, (not that one, the second one; Ellie Kemper) as a doe-eyed optimistic fish-out-of-water, the show hits with a lot of laughs. Having spent the last 15 years trapped in a doomsday bunker with a religious charlatan and three other women, Kimmy sets out to find her way in big city with the aide of her questionably talented actor, roommate, Titus Burgess and her millionaire employer, Jane Krakowski. If zany were a word people used, they would use it to describe this show. Luckily there’s also a lot of heartwarming sincerity to compliment the antics.
Mozart in the Jungle (2014) is a show whose promotional artwork tells the prospective viewer almost nothing. It does not, as the image suggests take place in a CW-like stylized 18th century Vienna. Instead our protagonists are Haley (Lola Kirke), a twenty-six-year-old aspiring oboist and Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal), New York’s hottest new maestro, living in present-day NYC. While Reign fans may be disappointed, the rest of the population can take a seat for a thoughtful, funny and fresh look at the inner workings of a major symphony orchestra. And even if you don’t listen to classical music already, the show’s terrific use of misc and reverence for the art will have you Googling Mozart and Mahler tunes for the next two weeks.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is currently available for streaming on Netflix and Mozart in the Jungle is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime.