Review: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
I spent my holidays’ binge-watching “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” The series takes place in the late 1950s. Miriam “Midge” Weissman meets Joel Maisel in college and gets married. They have two kids, a luxury apartment, and Midge’s parents in the apartment above them.
Their lives are focused on Joel starting a career as a comedian, at the Gaslight Night Club. Midge’s brisket is the bribe to get Joel a decent time slot. We watch Joel have a successful first show, but his comedy act belonged to a famous comedian. Midge confronts Joel about it, and the next night, Joel bombs trying to do an act using his material. This moment leads to a breakup of their marriage, the revelation that Joel has been cheating on Midge with his secretary (the infamous Penny Pan), and Midge’s drunken monologue at the Gaslight. That night made her an overnight success. The club’s manager, Susie, believed Midge would be a star and set out to make that happen.
Season one took Midge on a journey of self-discovery. Season two took Midge through some harsh revelations, at the Catskills. In season three, we see Midge’s rise to stardom while on tour with Shy Baldwin. Her act at the Apollo sends her on an impactful fall to earth. Her manager, Susie, took several big gambles with overwhelming losses. Both women learn a lot about the business and each other.
This series hooked me during the final scene of season one’s first episode. Rachel Brosnahan, who plays Miriam Maisel, is a dynamic actor and has excellent chemistry with Alex Borstein, who plays Susie. Season three ended with a career-ending moment for Midge. I am looking forward to season four.