Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s new series for Netflix, Unbreak­able Kimmy Schmidt, is a strange combination: it’s a show about surviving religious and sexual abuse and also a relentlessly upbeat feminist comedy. Kimmy (Ellie Kem­per) and three other “Indiana mole women” were kidnapped and im­prisoned for years by the outwardly charming but evil cult leader Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm). As the series begins, they have been freed from their underground bunker and are traveling together on a talk show circuit.

At one point an interviewer asks one of them how the reverend managed to kidnap her. She explains that he was a customer at a restaurant where she worked, and he “invited me out to his car to see some baby rabbits, and I didn’t want to be rude so . . . here we are.” The talk show host responds, “I’m always amazed at what women will do because they’re afraid of being rude.” Fey does this combination of funny and devastating better than anyone.

Kimmy doesn’t want to be known as an  Indiana mole woman, so when her friends return to Indiana, she stays in New York City, takes a job as an assistant to the unhappy and wealthy Jacqueline (Jane Krakow­ski), and finds a roommate, Titus (Tituss Burgess), a failing actor who needs Kimmy to help pay the rent.