1. Raising Hope
Number of Episodes: 88 (no longer airing)
Created By: Greg Garcia
Summary: Twentysomething, awkward Jimmy Chance (Lucas Neff) looks like a low life until one night, he gets lucky with a serial killer. Well, that serial killer gets pregnant, and Jimmy has to raise the baby with help of his, um, eccentric family.
Why ‘Kimmy’ Fans Would Love It: This show has the same sweetness and kindness that Kimmy has about her. Both the Chance family and Kimmy get into uncomfortable situations and handle them awkwardly, sure. But in the end, they come out as kind of heroes.
Best Episode: “Don’t Vote for This Episode” (Season One, Episode 22)
2. New Girl
Number of Episodes: 72 on Netflix (still airing)
Created By: Elizabeth Meriwether
Summary: Adorkable teacher Jess Day (Zooey Deschanel) goes through a rough breakup and moves into a Los Angeles loft with three guys. Imagine how that’s going to go. Just do it.
Why ‘Kimmy’ Fans Would Love It: Jess and Kimmy are both fresh-faced, genuinely kind people who love the world, despite all the crap in it. They’re sweeties and funny to boot.
Best Episode: “Virgins” (Season Two, Episode 23)
3. The Office (U.S. Version)
Number of Episodes: 192 (no longer airing)
Developed for American Television By: Greg Daniels
Summary: A mockumentary following dysfunctional yet endearing paper company, Dunder-Mifflin, in Scranton, PA.
Why ‘Kimmy’ Fans Would Love It: It features Kimmy Schmidt herself (Ellie Kemper) as receptionist Erin Hannon in seasons four through nine! Plus, it’s consistently hilarious.
Best Episode: “Threat Level Midnight” (Season Seven, Episode 17)
4. Gilmore Girls
Number of Episodes: 153 (no longer airing)
Created By: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Summary: Independent, single mother Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) raises her super brainy daughter Rory, runs an inn, and lives in the fast-talking small town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut.
Why ‘Kimmy’ Fans Would Love It: Strong, female role models everywhere!
Best Episode: “Friday Night’s Alright for Fighting” (Season Six, Episode 13)
5. How I Met Your Mother
Number of Episodes: 208 (no longer airing)
Created By: Carter Bays and Craig Thomas
Summary: Ted (Josh Radnor) sits on the couch and recounts the tale of how he met the mother of his children (No, really?) going back to his days as a single guy in New York City in desperate search of true love.
Why ‘Kimmy’ Fans Would Love It: You can imagine how Kimmy would react to the series shocking plot twists after she missed it, living in the bunker for 15 years.
Best Episode: “How Your Mother Met Me” (Season Nine, Episode 16)
6. Arrested Development
Number of Episodes: 68 (stopped airing in 2006; renewed by Netflix in 2013)
Created By: Mitchell Hurwitz
Summary: The Bluth family is super rich yet extremely dysfunctional and only get more dysfunctional when patriarch George (Jeffery Tambor) is sent to prison. Middle son Michael (Jason Bateman) is the only one sane enough “to keep them all together.”
Why ‘Kimmy’ Fans Would Love It: It has the same, extremely smart and snappy humor as Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Best Episode: “Marta Complex” (Season One, Episode 12)
7. Parks and Recreation
Number of Episodes: 112 on Netflix (last season just finished in February 2015)
Created By: Greg Daniels and Michael Schur
Summary: Highly motivated, lover of Pawnee, Indiana Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) works at City Hall with one goal – to make her city the greatest city in the world. With a little help from her friends, we dare say Leslie accomplishes that goal.
Why ‘Kimmy’ Fans Would Love It: Leslie, like Kimmy, is a hard worker who just wants to make the world a better place… and at the same time, both ladies make the world a much funnier place.
Best Episode: “Li’l Sebastian” (Season Three, Episode 16)
8. Saved by the Bell
Number of Episodes: 103 (no longer airing)
Created By: Sam Bobrick
Summary: A group of high school friends in the late 80s and early 90s tackle day-to-day school issues and more serious ones, staying close all the way.
Why ‘Kimmy’ Fans Would Love It: Please, you know this was Kimmy’s jam when she was a kid.
Best Episode: “Rockumentary” (Season Three, Episode 22)
9. Family Ties
Number of Episodes: 168 (no longer airing)
Created By: Gary David Goldberg
Summary: Two liberal parents of the 60s and 70s adjust to the conservative 80s while raising four children – the oldest of them, Alex P. Keaton (Michael J. Fox) constantly agreeing with the conservative agenda.
Why ‘Kimmy’ Fans Would Love It: Because Kimmy would love it. She would really appreciate all the love this family has for each other, even in political disagreement.
Best Episode: “My Name Is Alex” (Season Five, Episode 23)
10. 30 Rock
Number of Episodes: 138 (no longer airing)
Created By: Tina Fey
Summary: Socially awkward yet terribly funny Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) is head writer at a fictional, NBC sitcom where lots of really, really weird things happen.
Why ‘Kimmy’ Fans Would Love It: If you love one show by Tina Fey, you’ll probably love them both.
Best Episode: “Black Tie” (Season One, Episode 12)