The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a period comedy-drama and follows the story of Midge Maisol, magnificently portrayed by Rachel Brosnahan, a divorcee in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. After finding out her husband cheats on her, Maisel devotes her time into her comedic act in a time where woman weren’t looked upon as well as men.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. The first season premiered on March 17, 2017 on Amazon Video. The second season aired on December 5th, 2018. It has already been renewed for a third season.
In the end of the first season, Midge had been blacklisted from almost every club by Sophie Lenon (Jane Lynch), and her ex-but nevertheless, present husband Joel Maisol (Michael Zegen) had just discovered Midge’s hidden comedic talent. He becomes disappointed because he had pursued a comedic act, but he had no talent. And his relationship with Midge, which was about to be mended, is left for us to guess. It definitely leaves you hooked and begging for more. The second season is no different.
Comedy is, of course, the biggest thing about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and this season, the jokes just get better. The show starts off with Midge’s mother, Rose (Marin Hinkle), moving to Paris because she’s feeling unloved, Midge and Abe (Tony Shalhoub) follow her to bring her back home. Midge in Paris equals fashion and accessories, and Abe hilariously starts to fit in. Something the show touches up on, is sexism in the 50s. What best way to bring about the subject other than jokes that are not only funny, but true. Midge jokes, “Comedy is fueled by oppression: by the lack of power, by sadness and disappointment, by abandonment and humiliation. Now, who the hell does that describe more than women?” Midge sets men right, when she keeps getting pushed and made fun of by them.
The Maisel’s then go to the Catskills! Susie (Alex Borstein), Midge’s manager, follows her becoming the plumber of the Catskills. The show then touches on how women are also pushed aside if they aren’t married, young, or pretty enough, since Midge always used to win the bathing suit contest but now, she can’t even compete because not only is she considered old, but a divorced woman. This season, the show just keeps bringing important issues from the past that are still relevant today in the fast-paced dialogue that informs you without you realizing it, as you laugh at every moment.
Midge’s father discovers that his daughter is a stand-up comic in an awkward but hilarious episode where Midge can’t help but only tell funny, yet horrible dad jokes. She goes on and on, making people laugh, while Abe stares daggers at her, “My mother once told me that she pictured having sex with his mind on their wedding night, so she didn’t have to think about his penis. She did not say that! Some other woman said that!” I’m telling you, it’s uncomfortable and I love it!
There is also a new love interest, who shares most of Midge’s points of views, loves her personality, and joins in on her jokes. Benjamin (Zachary Levi) is obnoxious at first, but he soon becomes the perfect guy for Midge. Her relationship with Joel, went haywire after Joel decided that he can’t accept her life as a comedian, but he is still proud and happy for her. Men right? Midge then heads on the road and goes to her first television appearance on an arthritis fundraiser where Sophie Lenon screws her over again, pushing her to the last spot. Then she asks Susie, to become her manager and ditch Midge! But karma works in mysterious ways and Midge ends up landing a gig, thanks to Shy Baldwin, who after seeing her act, asks her to open for him on his six-moth tour! Midge of course says yes, forgetting about her kids, Benjamin, and her parents. The show leaves us not knowing how Midge will react when she finds out that Susie could have left her and how Benjamin will feel about Midge leaving and what will happen between Joel and Midge because before leaving, Midge sleeps with Joel, telling him, that she just wants to spend the night with someone who loves her.
This season brings a lot of Jewish jokes, uncomfortable moments, romance and loads of comedy. It’s no wonder Rachel Brosnahan won a Golden Globe Award for best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and Alex Borstein as best Supporting Actress. They deserved it. I see a bit of Gilmore Girls in this season, mostly the very last episode, which I’m having trouble deciding if I love or hate. Midge and Lorilee are two different characters but they make the same mistake (if you ever saw Gilmore Girls or just know Amy-Sherman Palladino’s writing style, you’ll know what I’m talking about). Nevertheless, the second season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a definite watch!
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Starring: Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Michael Zegen, Marin Hinkle, Tony Shalhoub, Kevin Pollak
Director: Amy Sherman-Palladino
Distributor: Amazon Prime
Audience: Mature audiences
Runtime: 1 hour
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IMDB Page: @TheMarvelousMrsMaisel
Wiki Link: @TheMarvelousMrs.Maisel
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