There’s a lot to love about Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; witty, fast-talking characters who are as lovable as they are flawed, some hilarious quotes to remember, beautiful retro vintage aesthetic, and a colorful, vibrant and energetic New York of the 50s.
Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Emmy-winning comedy-drama centers on Miriam “Midge” Maisel – beautifully played by Rachel Brosnahan – an energetic, sharp, Jewish girl who had her life perfectly mapped out: go to college, find a husband, have some kids, and throw the best Yom Kippur breakfasts in Manhattan.
When we first meet her, she is a dutiful mid-20th-century housewife, living up to the standards of the patriarchy with joyful dedication, obsessively measuring her thighs every day and sneaking out of bed early in the morning to do her makeup so she can trick her husband into thinking she woke up like this.
But her life takes a surprise turn when her husband suddenly leaves her for another woman. Midge is then left with no choice but to reevaluate her life and decide what else she’s good at. It is only then that she discovers she has a knack for stand-up comedy and pursues a career in it – and going from housewife to stand-up comic is a wild choice to everyone but her.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is “about a woman finding her voice,” Rachel Brosnahan had told The Guardian back in 2018, after season 1 was aired.
Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of the show is that it presents a highly ambivalent portrait of female empowerment. There is no “loud” feminism in Midge’s world as someone would expect. “This performance of woman and housewife is something that makes her feel good, it’s very genuine for her,” Brosnahan explains, echoing the show’s refusal to judge her for taking pleasure in cleaving to society’s demands.
The TV show premiered on Amazon Prime in November 2017. If you haven’t watched it yet, it should definitely be on your radar!
Where to watch: The first three seasons of The marvelous Mrs. Maisel are available on Amazon Prime. The 4th season has been filmed and should be out this year, though no official release date has been announced yet.