By CLAIRE EKAS, Design Manager |
If you are anything like me and adored “Gilmore Girls,” then I have some delightful news for you. Dan and Amy Sherman-Palladino have crafted another fast-talking, quick-witted T.V. series, the Amazon Prime Original “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
Set in the late 1950s, the show centers on Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel, a young, upper middle-class Jewish housewife living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She is married to Joel Maisel, a businessman and an aspiring comedian who steals his material from other comedians.
Midge’s life seems to be playing out exactly as she planned until Joel leaves her for his secretary early on in season one. This comes as a complete shock to Midge and she quickly and almost haphazardly turns to comedy herself and quickly works her way up in the world of comedy.
Midge is more than just a female comedian in the 1950s. She is a strong, independent (for the time) woman that has no problem living her own truth.
I find her personality extremely relatable although it quickly becomes obvious she doesn’t fit in with her contemporaries anymore.
Although season one is mainly about Midge finding her place in the world again, season two turns its focus on the rest of the characters, which I found entertaining.
Midge’s parents have marriage qualms, her in-laws struggle with money and Joel wallows in self-pity.
Toward the middle of season two, Midge starts to learn to love herself again when she must tell her family that she is a female comedian and they don’t take the news well.
The whacky storyline and outrageous characters are just parts of what makes this show amazing.
Its set and costume design are also something to marvel at. Fans of “Mad Men” will get a huge kick out of the brightly colored attire, the seemingly endless number of hats Midge owns and Wes Anderson style color palettes.
I highly recommend this show because there is truly something for everyone to enjoy throughout the first two seasons. Mrs. Maisel is indeed marvelous.