Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Catch Up TV... Missed the TV Moment Everyone's Talking about? Alastair McKay Looks at the Shows You Should Have Watched (and Still Can) and Gives a Serial Update

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Catch Up TV... Missed the TV Moment Everyone's Talking about? Alastair McKay Looks at the Shows You Should Have Watched (and Still Can) and Gives a Serial Update

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Byline: Alastair McKay

DESPITE creating the 21st Best Written Television Series of all time and starring as a Russian prison warden in Muppets Most Wanted, Tina Fey operates under the radar in this country. The 21st Best Written TV Series, 30 Rock, languished on Channel 5 and petered out on Comedy Central, so the Pennsylvaniaborn comedian is known mostly from second-hand reports of her turn as Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live.

By her own reckoning, Fey got the biggest laugh of her career presenting the Golden Globes with a line she didn't write (describing Gravity as "the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more minute with a woman his own age").

All that should change with The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix). Created by Fey and 30 Rock showrunner Robert Carlock, it stars Ellie Kemper in the title role, as a "mole woman" freed from captivity after 15 years and let loose in contemporary New York. There, she is taken in by a drug dealer's lookout (Carol Kane) and has, as a flatmate, a very gay, black wannabe Broadway singer Titus Andromedon (Titus Burgess) who works as an Iron Man lookalike.

As the show is an equal opportunities satire, she gets a job working as a nanny for Mrs Voorhees, a super-rich Manhattanite whose life is an evolving parody of aspirational living she drinks Diet Water and eats paleo cake. "You look bright-eyed and bushytailed," Kimmy tells her. "No," Mrs Voorhees replies, "I got that lasered off."

Roughly speaking, the premise is Mork and Mindy crossed with Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City, executed with the effervescence of an Almodovar farce. Kimmy plays the naive alien, who is constantly amazed and slightly wrong about everyday things. She doesn't know about selfies or iPhones ("Wow! …

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