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Most Realistic Crappy New York Apartment Renters

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Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) may be unbreakable, but the same can’t be said for the shoddy basement apartment she shares with her lovably over-the-top roommate, Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess). In a refreshing corrective to TV’s “Friends problem” — where underemployed New Yorkers miraculously reside in huge, gorgeous homes — Kimmy’s pad has a shower in the kitchen, she sleeps in a glorified closet, and their gentrification-resistant upstairs landlord, Lillian (Carol Kane), insists the floor is just painted dirt. Titus and Kimmy’s rent situation may strain credulity — when Kimmy first meets Titus, he tells her he owes $950 for two months of back rent, which would be a great deal anywhere in the country, let alone Greenpoint. But in a series where “outlandish” is a through-line, let’s just be glad that a former abductee escaped her underground bunker to live in a refreshingly normal space, rather than some miraculously swank Chelsea loft. 

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