Emmy and now Golden Globe winner Rachel Brosnahan stars as the titular character in Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
YouTube’s algorithm recommended the pilot while I was surfing the channel and initially I was confused for the first half of the show.
In the beginning it’s about a woman in the 50’s who seemingly has everything she’s wanted, the perfect house, family that loves her, two beautiful kids and a husband she loves.
But in an instant everything changes.
The pilot did a great job of not only telling but showing each character’s motivations and beliefs.
When her husband Joel, played by Michael Zegen, explains he wants to leave her and is in fact having an affair with his secretary her ideal life comes crumbling down.
He explains she’s “too much” and though it’s heartbreaking news you see how special Midge Maisel is.
Even in the most unbelievable circumstance you can see her wit and that she’s clever and as a housewife who goes on a journey to become a stand-up comedian you can she how she’d be good at this profession.
The writing on this show is phenomenal.
There’s a way these characters talk to each other that is amazing, with Susie Myerson (Alex Borestein), the comedy club’s manager, Midge develops a shorthand with her where they can finish each others sentences which is shown in later episodes where they are seeing other comics’ act and acknowledging they both not only identify but understand why their jokes worked.
I feel this show deserves all the awards and that the Emmys should recognize this show.
Written and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) has created a world where these characters are able to flourish.
Tony Shalhoub is truly hilarious as Abe Weinberg. As Midge’s father you learn that he’s very strategic from his desires of job placement or views on compromise to his chose of friends.
This is juxtapose to Rose Weinberg who, according to Midge, wants everything to seem perfect.
Played by Marin Hinkle she’s given an air of royalty, the way she carries herself to the way she speaks.
Set in the 1950s I was curious on how the show would deal with real life issues like racism and sexism.
There’s a character named Harriet who works with Midge at B. Altman, a classy retail store, she’s an aspiring model and has been publishing in Ebony Magazine multiple times but because she’s Black it’s clear she’s limited in America not only with her career but also her job, she’s position in the Dark complexion section.
She ends up leaving to further her career in Paris because of institutionalized racism.
With sexism there’s a recurring question raised whenever other’s hear of Midge’s desire to be in entertainment, everyone asks if she’s a singer.
When scooping out other comics’ act she’s accused of being a shorthand girl sent by another comic to steal his act.
Other managers or comedy writers suggested a change in focus when they saw how beautiful she was.
There’s a brilliant episode in the first season where the show explains how far a female comic can get in the business but proposes the question, at what cost?
From the costuming and how the bountiful colors bounce off the screen to use of flashbacks to further a concept this show is brilliant and I’m glad it won the Golden Globe for Best Television Series in the comedy category.
If you haven’t seen it search for the pilot on YouTube and try out Amazon Prime to enjoy great writing played by terrific actors.