What to Watch: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

If you’ve ever loved a comedian – whether that’s as a S.O., a friend, a family member – you know what it’s like to support their comedy dreams. The biggest show of love you can have for a comedian is attending an open mic.

Miriam “Midge” Maisel is a novice comic’s dream supporter. She attends all of her husband’s open mics, helps him write new jokes, brings friends to his performances, and makes brisket to bribe the host for an earlier time slot. She’s also a great wife: keeps a good home, raises two kids, and goes to her husband’s open mics. She has it all – until secrets start coming out and her life as she knew it is shaken to its core. By the end of the pilot, she finds herself on stage doing stand-up and commanding the room, getting bigger laughs than her husband ever did.

Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls) has created a beautiful and unapologetically Jewish show. I mean, the Maisels are preparing to have the rabbi over for breaking fast of Yom Kippur. Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) is absolutely charming as Midge Maisel. Within the first five minutes, you know exactly who she is and her history up to this moment. She’s deeply in love with her husband Joel (Michael Zegen, Rescue Me) and her support is unwavering, not a surprise given the year is 1958. Tony Shaloub (Monk) and Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men) play her frustrated and concerned parents.

Alex Borstein (Getting On) plays Susie Myerson, an employee at the comedy club, who sees Midge’s act and encourages her to continue. Susie compares Midge to Mort Sahl, a comparison Midge does not find herself worthy of, especially during her time of crisis. Susie says she’s right about this, just as she’s right she’s going to be alone the rest of her life. Then she delivers the line that hit me right in the feels: “I do not mind being alone. I just do not want to be insignificant.”

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is hilarious, endearing, and an absolute joy to watch. I cannot recommend it enough. You can watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime.

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