29-year-old Kimmy Schmidt adjusts to life after her rescue from a doomsday cult in Indiana where she and three other women were held for 15 years. Determined to be seen as something other than a victim and armed only with a positive attitude, Kimmy decides to restart her life by moving to New York City, where she quickly befriends her street-wise landlady, Lillian Kaushtupper, finds a roommate in struggling actor, Titus Andromedon, and gains a job as a nanny for the melancholy and out-of-touch socialite, Jacqueline Voorhees. With their help, Kimmy struggles to adapt to an unfamiliar world and jump-start the adult life that had been taken from her.
Imprisoned by a cult leader as a teenager, Midwesterner Kimmy is freed after 15 years. The first thing she decides to do is move to New York.
Kimmy has to throw an acceptable kids' birthday party to keep her new job with the filthy rich Voorhees family.
Kimmy and Jaqueline try to hide their pasts, while Titus lies to Lillian about money so he can spend it on headshots for his future.
Kimmy has an eye-opening experience when Jaqueline introduces her to her plastic surgeon. Titus auditions for a Spider-Man musical.
Kimmy's bunker-mate Cyndee visits New York with her new boyfriend, Brandon, whom Titus promptly outs. Charles makes his move with Kimmy.
Kimmy's GED class isn't as educational as she'd hoped. Lillian helps Titus shoot a music video in Jaqueline's house.
Jaqueline asks Kimmy to help her plan a dinner party where Jaqueline can confirm if her husband, Julian, is cheating on her.
Kimmy studies for her math GED exam with her classmate Dong, while Jaqueline changes her mind about getting divorced.
Kimmy's 30th birthday party isn't quite the fun celebration of adulthood she wants it to be.
Kimmy is torn between two guys and trying not to act like a fool. Titus finds a different kind of acting coach.
Titus can't stop watching the trial of Kimmy's charismatic kidnapper on the Internet, while Kimmy turns to exercise to avoid testifying.
Kimmy and Titus go back to Durnsville, Indiana so Kimmy can testify against the Reverend Wayne, but the trip doesn't go very well.
Kimmy is stuck in Durnsville. Jaqueline gets back in touch with her roots when she and Lillian drive to Indiana to find Kimmy.
Titus's ex-wife sues him for spousal support. Kimmy still has feelings for Dong. Jacqueline's Sioux family gets fed up with her.
Kimmy helps Jacqueline put her life back together after the divorce. Titus donates his old clothes and makes a connection with a construction worker.
Titus develops a one-man show about his past life as a geisha. While Jacqueline tries to make Julian jealous, Lillian battles gentrification.
Kimmy stages an intervention when ex-mole woman Gretchen joins another cult. Titus takes Mikey the construction worker on his first gay date.
Kimmy needs to study for the GED, but she's worried about Dong getting deported. Jacqueline puts Buckley on Dyziplen to treat his hyperactivity.
Hipsters invade the neighborhood when Titus rents his apartment on Airbnb. Kimmy finally reaches her limit with Jacqueline's self-centered attitude.
Jacqueline's gala plans hit a snag when Deirdre Robespierre throws a party the same night. Kimmy stops to pee at a bar and meets a cute Army vet.
On Fake Christmas, Kimmy and Dong take a trip to the Poconos, and a Jewish family claims that Jacqueline's prized Mondrian is rightfully theirs.
A drunk Uber passenger convinces Kimmy to stop repressing her emotions. Meanwhile, a broken R. Kelly cassette tape pushes Titus over the edge.
Kimmy has her first therapy session with Andrea, but it's Lillian who helps her get in touch with her anger. Mikey comes out to his family.
A celebrity psychologist with a TV talk show drives a wedge between Kimmy and her former bunker-mate Cyndee. Titus gives a teenage boy dating advice.
Kimmy tries to help Andrea with her drinking problem. Jacqueline dates a pro bono lawyer for his money. Titus and Mikey talk about moving in together.
While Kimmy reunites with her mom at Universal Studios, Titus heads to Miami. Jacqueline invites Russ and his family to Thanksgiving dinner.