Kimmy Goes to Church

Jenny, Liz, and I are fans of Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but it was with fear and trepidation that I started watching the episode titled “Kimmy Goes to Church.” The show satirizes everything, and to a satirist, the church is a target rich environment. It was touch and go throughout much of the episode, but the climax of the show produced this line, delivered by Kimmy Schmidt, the main character, in front of the gathered congregation:

“So … I guess real religion is about knowing we’re not perfect but trying to be better. Together.” —Kimmy Schmidt [1]

There are three key points about the nature of the church in the quote above:

  1. We know we’re not perfect.
  2. We’re trying to do better.
  3. We’re doing it together.

Drop any one of those points and the whole thing falls apart. [2]

Note: Unless you already watch the show, I don’t think there is much of a point in watching this episode. I don’t think it would make any sense at all to someone unfamiliar with the backstory.


[1] Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, writers, “Season 3, Episode 9: Kimmy Goes to Church,” in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Netflix, May 19, 2017, http://www.netflix.com.

[2] I know, I know there are a lot of other ways the whole thing can far apart.