Is “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Ending Too Soon?

Matthew Loffhagen
(Photo: Netflix)

Boo. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is coming to an end, and I can’t help but feel like blaming Netflix for not giving us more of the popular comedy.

According to Netflix, season four will be split into two chunks, with half the episodes dropping at the end of May, and the other half coming at a later date. Once these episodes are available, that’s it. There will be no more.

If you’re anything like me, your kneejerk reaction to this news is probably some form of anger. “Kimmy Schmidt” is a solid, enjoyable comedy that doesn’t require a tremendous budget, so why can’t Netflix keep things going longer?

Wasn’t Netflix’s original content division essentially created to help provide new episodes of quirky comedies that were cancelled before their time?

Kimmy Schmidt
Source: Netflix

I suspect that there’s method to the madness on display here. While “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is a popular show, Netflix is searching for newer, bigger, more appealing ways to draw in new audiences.

Presumably, “Kimmy Schmidt” simply isn’t noteworthy enough to keep the lights on, season after season, while the streaming platform searches for the next “Stranger Things” or “13 Reasons Why”; essential programming that keeps bringing in new audiences.

This is a natural downside to the Netflix model. Once people have signed up for the service, they’re probably going to stick around, so there’s not too much need for longrunning shows. Instead, flashy new content is what grabs people, and Netflix will probably be increasingly making this a priority in future.

This as a concept is enough to make me furious, but there may also be something else at play here.

A Good Time To Die?

“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is a show that’s being made by a lot of talented people – not least Tina Fey, who gets the lion’s share of the credit for coming up with this series in the first place.

I can understand that, with such a hot cast and crew, there’s probably a lot of other opportunities for new projects that are being shelved or delayed while the show airs.

I can conceive of a situation where many of the writers, directors, and actors involved with this show might want some space to try new ideas. Perhaps they’ve done everything they feel they can with the premise of a woman adjusting to modern life after time in an underground bunker. Maybe it’s time to make something new instead.

Netflix Kimmy Schmidt
Source: Netflix

If this is the case, I can’t help but applaud the decision to end the show. As much fun as “Kimmy Schmidt” might be, I’d rather it die young than live long enough to see itself become “Big Bang Theory”.

If this decision is being made at the creative level, I’m going to begrudgingly support it.

If “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” is ending because Netflix doesn’t think it’s profitable enough, I’m less impressed.