TV Review: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017-)



Miriam “Midge” Maisel is an upper middle class Jewish housewife living on the Upper West Side of New York City in 1958. She has it all until she doesn’t. She loses her husband, her apartment, and her privileged life (or some of it), and she is soon led into the world of stand-up comedy

The Bad News:

I am really heard-pressed to find anything wrong with this because I love, love this show! But if I were to say one thing, it’s that the 1950s it depicted looks all too shiny and glamorous. I wonder how heated racism or anti-Semitism were in the 1950s because in Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, everything looks all too cushy. I know that the point of this show is not historical accuracy. But still, you know, sometimes, you’d want some degree of authenticity.

The Good News:

  1. Rachel Brosnahan who plays the titular Mrs. Maisel is such a joy to watch her take on the world with such confidence and buoyancy.
  2. Love the feminism here. It’s not a narrow-minded view of feminism, or the heavy-handed kind, where you get angry, man-hating women. Take for example Midge Maisel, she is a housewife. Most often people would assume housewife=submissiveness. But Midge shows that you can be a housewife without being submissive. You can support your husband without being a doormat. You can be assertive without being an angry man-hater.
  3. Love the fact that the women here are actually very kind to each other, as opposed to the usual trope of too many girls = backstabbing or catfighting.
  4. Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson aka The Manager, is golden. Her verbal sparring skills lives up to the high standards of a Palladino fast talker.
  5. Plot is engaging and gives satisfying twists and turns.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Watch this if:

  1. You like strong and kind female characters
  2. You love the music of the great Babs aka Barbara Streisand
  3. You love 1950s fashion (because the costume design here is amazing!)
  4. You like to watch something that is less gloom and doom, and more bright and cheery.
  5. You love your fast-talking Palladino ladies

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