When I mention the idea of trauma in relation to Netflix, I am not talking about the idea that Netflix’s asking of whether or not you are still watching the program you have been bingeing for an entire weekend can be psychologically damaging when you look at the clock for the first time.
No, I am talking about one of Netflix’s original series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which was created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock (of 30 Rock fame) and stars Ellie Kemper from The Office and the Emmy-nominated Titus Burgess.
The comedy is centered around a group of women who were kidnapped and held captive underground because of a supposed apocalypse before being rescued and reintroduced to a society.
Because the show is a comedy, it does not always tackle the potential emotional trauma that could stem from the situation Kimmy Schmidt and the other “Indiana mole women” were held captive within head-on like a drama might, but it does deal with trauma on occasion.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, commonly known as PTSD, is dealt with on the show most typically through the interactions Kimmy experiences with the person who held her captive, portrayed by Jon Hamm, and some shocking moments of levity are also provided in these scenes.