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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel 

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2017– )
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A housewife in 1958 decides to become a stand-up comic.
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Top Rated TV #88 | Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 70 wins & 141 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Rachel Brosnahan ...  Miriam 'Midge' Maisel 27 episodes, 2017-2020
Alex Borstein ...  Susie Myerson 27 episodes, 2017-2020
Michael Zegen ...  Joel Maisel 27 episodes, 2017-2020
Marin Hinkle ...  Rose Weissman 27 episodes, 2017-2020
Tony Shalhoub ...  Abe Weissman 27 episodes, 2017-2020
Nunzio Pascale ...  Ethan / ... 22 episodes, 2017-2019
Matteo Pascale ...  Ethan / ... 22 episodes, 2017-2019
Kevin Pollak ...  Moishe Maisel 19 episodes, 2017-2019
Matilda Szydagis ...  Zelda 19 episodes, 2017-2019
Brian Tarantina ...  Jackie 17 episodes, 2017-2019
Caroline Aaron ...  Shirley Maisel 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Joel Johnstone ...  Archie Cleary 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Bailey De Young ...  Imogene Cleary 13 episodes, 2017-2019
Cynthia Darlow ...  Mrs. Moskowitz 11 episodes, 2017-2019

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Set in 1950s Manhattan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a 60-minute dramedy that centers on Miriam "Midge" Maisel, a sunny, energetic, sharp, Jewish girl who had her life mapped out: go to college, find a husband, have kids, and throw the best Yom Kippur break-fasts in town. Soon enough, she finds herself exactly where she had hoped to be, living happily with her husband and two children in the Upper West Side. A woman of her time, Midge is a cheerleader wife to a man who dreams of a stand-up comedy career, but her perfect life is upended when her husband suddenly leaves her for another woman. Utterly unprepared, Midge is left with no choice but to reevaluate her life. When she accidentally stumbles onto the stage at a nightclub, she discovers her own comedic skills and decides to use this newfound talent to help her reinvent her life. The series follows the trajectory of Midge's journey as she pursues a career in the male-dominated, stand-up comedy profession, and transforms from uptown... Written by kolnoaMograbi

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Comedy | Drama

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On October 10, 2017, the official trailer for the first season was released. On August 9, 2018, a teaser trailer for the second season was released. See more »

Goofs

Characters repeatedly refer to Cafe Wha? (famous as being the location where Jimi Hendrix was discovered) in Season 1, which takes place in 1958; however, Cafe Wha? opened in 1959. See more »


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16 Tons
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Written by Merle Travis, also claimed by George S. Davis
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14 November 2017 | by Songwriter_90210See all my reviews

This.

This is what it a real comedy series should be. They've also found a real charmer in Rachel Brosnahan, who's not just lovely and energetic, but genuinely funny. A cast of bright characters with great writing rounds out this great show. The other guys could learn a thing or three from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

This fresh-feeling comedy, the brainchild of Daniel Palladino & Amy Sherman-Palladino leaves almost nothing to be desired. This is a full-bodied comedy series that really grabs your attention and never lets it go. Everything from the camera work, to the sets, to costuming is very well done and does a more than adequate job in immersing you in a lush, colorful, mid-century snapshot of 1960's New York.

Miriam "Midge" Maisel, the matriarch-in-training of her young nuclear family, exceeds by every measure to be the wife she believes her husband deserves. She dotes on him, cares for his emotional well- being, and is perfectly happy. Until changes happen that sets her on a path she's not sure she's able to handle.

I can name, both with TV shows and movies, many where the focus was to witness the genesis of a stand-up comedian, or where we look into the life of a seasoned comedian, or view the last bits of a comedian's career. Usually the actor portraying the comedian (or even sometimes an actual comedian portraying one) just isn't funny. We see the story taking pains to make us believe they're hilarious by cracking up the on screen audiences, winning awards or accolades, and receiving praise. It never really works, because unless you can make ME, the real audience, believe he or she is funny, it hasn't done its job.

Rachel Brosnahan is funny. Her timing is perfect. And obviously the jokes have to be good, so the writers are no slouches either, but the material goes nowhere unless you have the right person delivering that dialogue. They've found her. Effortlessly, Brosnahan delivers line after line of well written material with a confidence, brashness, and stereo-typically New York swagger that has you saying "yeah, I can see her doing stand-up". That's rare, and that's very special. De Niro couldn't do it in "The Comedian". Sally Field couldn't do it in "Punchline". Heck, Adam Sandler couldn't really pull it off well in "Funny People". And it has FUNNY in the name for Christ's sake!

The rest of the cast is a manic pleasure, and the show has done a great job with who they've cast to be her family. Tony Shalhoub wasn't in the pilot much, but now that the rest of the episodes have become available for streaming, I see that he stands out with great dialogue he was given and an intensity I hadn't before seen in him. It works. As well, Marin Hinkle who plays Midge's mom, does a wonderful job in the role. We see her character expand exponentially from the pilot with the new episodes.

Every fall that rolls around, I get excited to see the shows and which ones I think will swim or sink, and I believe we have a winner here.

What may seem to be a standard, formulaic "dramedy" really has a feel of its own. There are comparable shows in level of quality, but as far as I'm concerned, none just outright better. I hope it maintains its quality and has a nice, long run.


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