For Gilmore Girls fans who miss the fast-talking characters created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is just what you need.
It is fast, nostalgic, real, and most importantly, hilarious. Sherman-Palladino was able to create the same amount of magic with Midge Maisel as she did with Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Midge is fresh, smart, independent, loud, and true to who she is. This character isn’t just your typical 1950s housewife, and she isn’t scared to be herself. She’s loyal to her husband, even after he leaves her, and to her family.
If you want to enjoy an hour-long laugh-so-hard-you-pee-your-pants comedy, start streaming The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon now.
Sherman-Palladino is notorious for her strong female leads. After Gilmore Girls, many wondered what she would write next. Midge Maisel, played by the fabulous Rachel Brosnahan, is the next Lauren Graham if there could be another Lauren Graham. She just exudes confidence onscreen and honestly, if she did stand-up comedy, I would be first in line to watch her perform.
Through the hour-long eight episodes of season one, Miriam “Midge” Maisel discovers her true calling: stand-up comedy. She’s the perfect Jewish housewife living on the Upper East Side of New York City. She loves her children, her parents live two floors above her and she is always there to help her husband Joel. She even cooks brisket so he can get the best time slot to help catapult his comedy career, which is going nowhere.
After Joel flubs onstage one night, he tells Midge he’s leaving her after having an affair with his 21-year-old secretary. While it seems like the end of the world, this anger towards Joel sends Midge straight to the comedy stage where she shines.
Just like every other up-and-coming comic, Midge has to deal with haters, her first flub, being blackballed and not being taken seriously. While moving back in with her parents, taking care of her two kids, and even getting her first job, nothing can get her down.
If you want to be taken back to the “glory days” of the 1950s while also watching a hilariously strong woman, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is your next binge-watching obsession.
You also cannot forget about the supporting cast. Just like Gilmore Girls, Sherman-Palladino doesn’t miss a beat. Alex Borstein is the best rough-and-tough manager as Sally Meyerson. She is constantly being mistaken for a man, but she doesn’t care. She deeply cares about Midge and making her a great comedian while also being the Ying to her Yang.
And just like Lorelai had Emily and Richard, Midge has Rose (Marin Hinkle) and Abe (Tony Shalhoub). They are what you would imagine Jewish parents from the 1950s would be. They bring life to Midge’s doom and gloom life. Many times her parents are the ones that make me laugh besides Midge herself. Sherman-Palladino knows that when you have a fabulous supporting cast, your show can’t lose and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a winner.