BoJack runs away from it all, and BoJack Horseman collides with a wrenchingly tragic past

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After BoJack Horseman’s season three finale, I had a lot of questions about where things were going to go. BoJack had, at the final moment of “That Went Well,” lost everything that he cared about. His biography was an expose of his awfulness, his movie was a digitally altered reinvention of the story he cared about,…

Kimmy Schmidt finally chooses herself over others in poignant “Kimmy And The Trolley Problem!”

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s third season hasn’t been as cohesive as its second, at times spinning too many plates and then just letting them fall. The show has great continuity, especially when it comes to its ever-expanding web of recurring jokes, but several of the season’s most interesting developments haven’t…

On Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Google keeps the past from ever really going away

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In “Kimmy Googles The Internet!,” Titus and Kimmy both attempt to grow up, but they base their efforts on misconceptions of what it means to be an adult. Titus believes that being an adult means dating someone mature, so he tries to make things work with Reuben, who he views as an adult because he has a baby, he takes…

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt continues its nuanced conversation about trauma

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While the first couple of episodes have moved Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s characters in new directions, “Kimmy Can’t Help You!” recenters on the show’s core, tapping into the initial premise by bringing some of Kimmy’s past back to the surface. The episode goes dark, delving not only into Kimmy’s trauma and the…

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s second season ends with a literal emotional roller coaster

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The whole season has been building to the reunion between Kimmy Schmidt and Lori-Ann Schmidt. Even before we knew how big of a role Lori-Ann plays in Kimmy’s deep-seated attachment issues, it was clear that Kimmy was on a path toward reconciliation this season. Ultimately, she doesn’t really find that reconciliation…

On Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, no one’s problems have easy solutions

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I always love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s episode titles. They’re succinct, to the point summaries of what Kimmy does in the episode. But as with the show itself, there’s so much under the surface. Because every title ends with that emphatic exclamation point, they embody the zippy energy of the sunshiney protagonist.…

Jacqueline finally lends a stretchy, sticky hand on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Ellie Kemper has one of the best faces on television. I’m not talking about her looks. I’m talking about her amazing ability to say so much without saying anything at all. Face actor isn’t really the right term, but that’s what I’m always tempted to call her: a face actor. Kemper’s always on, even when Kimmy isn’t the…

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