Everyone is talking about Netflix's newest original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which premiered on the movie and TV streaming platform March 6. Talk to anyone who has seen the show, and the first word that pops out of his or her mouth will probably be "Unbreakable!" sung in the style of the show's opening theme song.
Watch Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, and you'll see what I mean. The theme song comes later on in the first episode of the sitcom, which follows the title character as she leaves the 15 years of her life spent in an apocalyptic cult to make it in on her own in New York. After a S.W.A.T. Team frees the so-called "Indiana Mole Women," a news crew interviews an innocent bystander whose responses get turned into a viral-worthy "Bed Intruder"-type song Antoine Dodson himself would approve of.
I, for one, can't stop singing the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme song in my head, and I can't stop thinking about it either. That's probably because there's much more going on behind it that you can't adequately appreciate in just 30 seconds. Here's five things you never noticed about the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme song.
1. The Theme Song Was A Family Affair
Jeff Richmond is an executive producer and the composer for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He's also the husband of Tina Fey, the co-creator of the show. Of course, he helped Fey and co-creator Robert Carlock create the title sequence with a very special guest artist.
2. This Is Why It Sounds So Much Like "Songify The News"
As I previously mentioned, the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme song sounds a lot like those auto-tuned news song parodies that went viral a few years ago. That's probably because the Gregory Brothers, the people behind such auto-tuned gems as the "Bed Intruder" song, Charlie Sheen's "Winning" ditty and Jimmy McMillan's ode to "The rent is too damn high," took the original interview scene written by Fey and Carlock and turned it into the theme song you see today.
3. Walter Bankston Will Be Your New Favorite Character
Walter Bankston is the neighbor interviewed by reporters in the opening credits sequence of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, who basically sings the theme song. Walter is played by comedian Mike Britt, who has appeared on Comedy Central and VH1's Best Week Ever. His musical and soulful delivery of the script enhances the theme song so much. Here's hoping we get to see even more of him in Season 2.
4. There's More Than One Version Of The Theme Song
If you can't get enough of hearing the whimsical singing of "It's a miracle," you're in luck. There are actually a few ways to experience the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt theme song online. In addition to the renditions featured in the first episode of the series and the regular 30-second credit sequence that opens every episode, the Gregory Brothers have also recorded an extended version and a cover version, which you can watch above, according to WIRED. Business Insider also points out that one Tumblr user created a remix of the theme song with the show's end credits music.
5. It Has Something In Common With The Americans
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt & The Americans exist in the same universe, according to their title sequences: pic.twitter.com/5ru01Qb0Ms
— Jared Currier (@JaredCurrier) March 10, 2015
Get your conspiracy theories ready, y'all. On Tuesday, Jared Currier pointed out on Twitter that the stock footage of that girl hula-hooping in the title sequence of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt also appears in the opening credits for the FX drama The Americans, which follows two Soviet secret agents as they spy on the American government. Coincidence?! Probably.