Why The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Is Ending After Season 4

Kimmy at work in Season 4

It's a very exciting time for fans of Tina Fey's TV comedies. Because after waiting a year since the last set of episodes the fourth and final season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has arrived on Netflix. Well, some of it. Season 4 will be split into two parts, with the second half arriving January 25, 2019. This is a big departure for Kimmy, and news that Season 4 would be the show's last definitely surprised Netflix subscribers. Showrunner Robert Carlock recently opened up about the decision to end the beloved comedy, revealing that it became clear organically in Season 4 that now was the right time.

We came into the season not necessarily thinking that way. But in the past few months, we've been thinking that [the series] is heading toward its conclusion.

It looks like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is going to end before it ends up overextending and become stale. While it's depressing to say goodbye to the absolutely ridiculous characters created by Tina Fey, it's a relief knowing the acclaimed series can end on a high note.

Robert Carlock's comments to THR show how everyone involved in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has allowed the show's fascinating journey to lead its process. In addition to ending the series in Season 4, the show had an interesting journey to television. Tina Fey originally filmed Season 1 for NBC, before it was sold to Netflix and given a renewal order. This explains the act breaks in the first season that seemed perfect for a commercial.

Fans of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt are no doubt dreading saying goodbye to the characters, a sentiment that Robert Carlock seems to share. In fact, he revealed that although Season 4 will be the final set of episodes on Netflix, he'd like to create one last finale in the form of a movie. As he said,

We now have a shorter runway than we originally thought we would and don't want to overstuff it and rush it. And there are things that I think would be fun to hold off for kind of a big epic finale in feature form.

While this is far from a confirmation, news of a Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt movie sounds like the perfect way to continue playing in the world of the show, without having to stretch those final ideas into a full 13 episode season. Plus, there has already been a certain precedent set within Netflix. After its cancellation, the Wachowski drama Sense8 was given the opportunity to film a finale movie, in order to wrap up the story for fans. HBO also did something similar with its series Looking.

The first six episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's fourth season are streaming on Netflix now. Be sure to check out our summer premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus our Amazon premiere list and superhero premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single episode of your favorite show.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.