There is an insanity and weirdness to the new Netflix comedy series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," one of the best new shows of the year.

Created by the "30 Rock" brain trust of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, the series stars Ellie Kemper ("The Office") as the unbreakable title character, who had been trapped for years in an underground lair of a doomsday cult leader along with a few other women.

They all escape and try to get back to their lives. Kimmy, barely educated and directionless, decides to move to New York City.

To do what? Unclear at first, but she's determined -- unbreakable, if you will.

She finds a home, sharing an apartment with Titus (Tituss Burgess), a gay singer who works as an Iron Man knockoff in Times Square. Her landlord is a space case, played perfectly by Carol Kane.

She lands a job as a nanny for Jacqueline Voorhess ("30 Rock's" Jane Krakowski, playing a similarly aloof character) to take care of her bratty son.

These are all fully developed characters operating in their own self-centered worlds, bouncing around New York City with their own kooky objectives. The show is offbeat, brilliantly written and so much fun. But weird.

Thankfully it is on Netflix, which has a longer leash for its shows, and not its original NBC home where it would likely have struggled to not be canceled after a handful of episodes.



3.5 stars

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" streams on Netflix starting Friday.