Tina Fey’s Netflix hit returns for a third series this week; here’s everything you need to know

In the Trumpian Era, we could all do with a dose of whatever Kimmy Schmidt is on, the life-grabbing eternal optimist who wouldn’t let a little thing like being kidnapped and held hostage in a basement by a Doomsday obsessed madman for fifteen years get her down. So it’s with great relief that we welcome Netflix’s Emmy-nominated Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt back for a third season this week, with all 13 episodes landing on May 19. Here, with spoilers for season two liberally included, is what we know about the new season so far.



What’s the plot of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3?


We last saw Kimmy making up with her mom and receiving a phone call from the incarcerated Reverend Wayne to tell her that they need to get a divorce – turns out that if Elvis can marry you in a shed in Vegas, the marriages the reverend staged in the bunker were just as legally binding. This is set to bring about a fascinating power-switch in season three; maturing out of her more garish outfits and into the application process for a college education, Kimmy decides to make their marriage a chain around the neck of her former captor.


What about Titus and the rest of the central cast?


Well, Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) is still busy embracing her (somewhat controversial) Native American heritage and trying to get the Washington Redskins to change their name, Lillian (Carol Kane) remains vigorously opposed to the grinding wheel of gentrification, going full Trump as she fights to stop the arrival of an organic grocery store and Titus (Tituss Burgess) returns from his short-lived career as a cruise ship entertainer insisting he didn’t resort to cannibalism.


Are the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3 trailers funny?


As hell. When Titus isn’t taking to his construction worker boyfriend Mikey’s car with a baseball bat in the style (and wild-ass yellow dress) of Beyonce’s ‘Hold Up’ video, Kimmy’s rejecting a new boyfriend’s 50 Shades Of Grey-style sexual consent form because “thumbs are for hitchhiking and being Fonzie”. Check them out.





Who are this season’s guest stars?


Laura Dern is the big name cameo this season, playing the reverend’s new wife-to-be who turns up demanding Kimmy push the divorce through, Daveed Diggs turns up as Kimmy’s new college friend and the likes of Ray Liotta and Maya Rudolph crop up over the thirteen episodes.


Will there be more controversy?


Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt came in for criticism in its first series when it emerged that Jacqueline, played by a white actress, was secretly a Native American. The writers unashamedly played on the controversy in season two and this year they’re taking on another tricksy topic liable to set the internet spinning – gender identity. Kimmy runs into some college students using modern gender politics terms and gets confused, but AV Club reports that “the conclusions drawn about those characters are leavened by some surprising insight, a dose of sympathy”, so that’ll appease everyone then. Popcorn…


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