Midge Maisel is working very hard to put everything in her life in the right place, then her husband goes and blows it all up! The housewife trope may be tired, but Midge is just getting started. The series is sharp and engaging while inverting, subverting, and celebrating the 1950’s housewife. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is from series creators Amy Sherman- Palladino and Dan Palladino, the duo who most famously created Gilmore Girls.
Midge Maisel is the ultimate support to her husband’s comedy hobby making the stage the most appealing place to go when he leaves her. She walks into a room full of strangers and says everything that is on her mind – and the audience loves it! The stubborn bar manager, Susie Meyerson, from the Gaslight, observes Midge’s “set” and makes her an offer to represent her as a stand-up comic.
The first season explores how it’s possible for Midge to brace for divorce and a career in comedy. She has to hone her skills, try out new material and keep her stage life a secret from everyone. The real magic is the heightened reality that makes this show fresh and bright. The production design is colorful, yet period correct, so the world of the show feels like eye candy. The show showcases the quick and witty writing style that has become the Palladino trademark and every actor owns their scenes. Brilliantly played by Rachel Brosnahan, Miriam “Midge” Maisel, starts to embrace her independence while the expectations of her life remain the same.
The stark contrasts between the changes in Midge’s life and her inability to embrace the messy make ideal conditions for comedic explosions. As her perfect hair sits with her perfectly placed hat matching perfectly with her bag and shoes, she overshares about all those times life was not so perfect.
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