When Mrs. Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) discovers that her husband, Joel (Michael Zegen) has cheated on her, she doesn’t mope, she doesn’t cry, she goes straight down to the club where her husband has been failing as a stand-up comic for months, and absolutely kills it…you know as any 1960s housewife would.
From the very start of, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” as Midge delivers a series of zingers at her own wedding, it’s pretty clear that Midge is no ordinary housewife. And if it’s not love at first punchline, well then frankly…
Mrs. Maisel aka Midge is a fabulous, fierce, opinionated woman, who up until this point has spent her life focused on what she thought she was supposed to—getting married, having children, and making a comfortable home for her family. And she’s pretty good at it.
But when the floor drops out from under her life, that’s when she truly shines, and when this story soars. Not only because of her stand-up ambitions, championed by her manager, Susie (Alex Borstein), but because Midge continues being the same curious outgoing person that she always was, but even more so. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll learn (and not just about some truly bogus laws that existed at the time).
It will probably come as no surprise that this gloriously feminist piece of television was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, the woman who brought us “Gilmore Girls.” But before you back away from what has (infuriatingly so) become a four-letter word, let me finish…
Yes, there is clearly a message here about the ridiculous double standards and limitations that woman faced and, in many ways, still face, and Midge’s stand-up provides the perfect platform (literally) to pick those inequalities apart. For instance, the extraordinary efforts that Midge (pre-breakup) goes to maintain an illusion of perfection are utterly soul-crushing to watch (when did she sleep?).
However, seeing as this is the work of Amy Sherman-Palladino, it’s no surprise that what makes this show truly shine is its depth (Just the Gilmore Girls did not a Stars Hollow make). That includes both a stellar ensemble (Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle, Kevin Pollak, Caroline Aaron, and I could be here for days, because it’s a parade of excellence) but also in its deep respect for each of its characters and the stories they have to tell together.
No one is written off as one-dimensional. No one. Even the cheating husband is a redeemable character. Everyone has value, no one is treated as a less than. And although Midge is undeniably a superhero, even she isn’t perfect, and I’m not just talking about the times she bombs on stage. She’s learning about stand-up and about standing up on her own, something that she has clearly always excelled at.
If you were drawn in with the promise of “Gilmore Girls” glory, you will not be disappointed, and that includes some familiar faces and the whip-smart, lightning-fast dialogue we all know and love with some new faces and new places to enjoy. Top it off with some truly well-chosen music, and I cannot put into words how joyful this show is. You’ll just have to see for yourself…
Remember when the summer use to be a slow time for news and politics. Congress would go on vacation, and the news cycle would cover…I’m not going to lie, I’m having some trouble remembering what life was like before about six months ago.
Between the Twitter decrees and the inappropriate Jamboree campaign speeches, it’s all gotten a bit overwhelming. Yes, I do realize both those things have only just happened in the last few days, but this kind of head-scratching chaos has become the new normal. And frankly, it shouldn’t be.
However, amidst all the noise, it’s important to remember that for most of us life will go on. Yes, there are currently some, to use our President’s word, “disruptions” that are incredibly distracting. They can make you lose sight of the big picture, but I promise it’s going to be okay.
So, this What to Watch Wednesday, I thought I’d take a look back at a few shows that aired before the current chaos. Partly to provide a necessary distraction, but also as a reminder that the world keeps turning and changing. Right now it may feel like we’re moving backwards, but I assure you the majority of us are moving forward. Read the rest of this entry
After nearly a decade we finally know the final four words the show’s creators wanted to conclude the series with…except for a lot of us don’t. Read the rest of this entry
It’s been one week since we entered into some bizarre parallel universe. I know, time flies when you’re hoping it was all a horrible dream.
That being said, last week’s disruption may have distracted some of us from what lies ahead. Read the rest of this entry
With T-minus two weeks until Election Day, today’s reminder that there is life after 11/08/2016 was a welcome distraction. To those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of viewing the official “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” trailer, feel free to scroll to the bottom now. Read the rest of this entry