In season three of Unbreakable Kimmy Schimdt, the Netflix comedy went out of its way to up its absurdity quotient. That included an elaborate parody of Beyonce’s Lemonade, a brutal critique of the NFL and the Washington Redskins, and — perhaps most left field — a flashback-fueled subplot that incorporated a cruise ship, cannibalism and Dionne Warwick. Beneath all that ridiculousness, the show earnestly tackled gentrification, racism and — as it has from the start — the psychological and social aftermath of forced captivity. It’s enough to attract top-tier talent. Jon Hamm, Laura Dern, Daveed Diggs, Amy Sedaris and Fey herself were among the season’s guest stars, joining mainstays Kemper, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski and supporting actor nominee Tituss Burgess.
The line of dialogue I’m most proud of this season is …
TINA FEY Titus saying, “It’s just one of the many ways in which I’m stronger than Beyonce.” His delusion knows no bounds.
ROBERT CARLOCK Maybe Ray Liotta talking about retirement and then looking at a picture of a sailboat and saying, “Someday … I’m gonna see a real sailboat.”
The most challenging scene to write this season was …
FEY The scene where Kimmy meets the reverend’s [Hamm] fiance, because it was a tricky tone line to walk and also because we wanted it to be good enough for Laura Dern.
CARLOCK It’s always important to knock Kimmy down from time to time; she can’t just march through the world like Pippi Longstocking. The world is still mean, after all. But those scenes are always tricky, and this season especially, her failures with college and crossing guarding, etc., really piled up in the final episode. We knew she’d get her nose up by the end, but the road there was a challenge.