Amy Sherman Pallidino, the creator of The Gilmore Girls brings us another Emmy Award-winning hit series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
In this Amazon original series set in the late 1950s, a woman’s place was at home supporting her man. That’s why Midge Maisel was at home making pot roast to help her husband, Joel a part-time aspiring comedian get a prime at ‘The Gaslight‘, a Greenwich Village comedy club.
Do you know how long it takes to make a pot roast? Hours, seriously…hours in a hot oven.
Miriam (Midge) Maisel
Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) stars as the vivacious and funny (and marvelous) Midge Weissman-Maisel. Midge is a college-educated woman, during a time when a woman only went to college to find a good husband. And she found Joel.
Midge is the perfect 1950’s housewife. They have two lovely children and live in a gorgeous upper Westside high-rise apartment in New York City. Midge has a closet full of fabulous clothes. She goes to bed every night in full makeup (including false eyelashes) just to please her husband. The children are always fed, put to bed and dinner is on the table just as Joel arrives home from work.
What else could a woman want?
A faithful husband who is not having an affair with the dumbest secretary in the world would be nice.
It would also be great if he didn’t decide that flopping at the comedy club is no reason to pack a bag and leave the night before the Rabbi is coming to dinner. Bad timing!
That is where the story starts for the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She drinks a bottle of wine, heads down to Greenwich village and takes the stage at The Gaslight with a hilarious (and a bit raunchy) comedy routine.
The Husband – Joel Maisel
Joel Maisel (Michael Zegan) has a boring day show working for his father manufacturing business. But his dream is to be a famous comedian, along with the lines of Bob Newhart, Lenny Bruce or Joel’s problem is, he NOT funny. But Midge has a sharp wit and she is naturally funny.
Professor Abe Weissman, Midge’s father
I loved Tony Shalhoub in Monk. He has an understated style, but he’s very funny. Tony Shalhoub won an Emmy Award for his role of Abe Weissman, Midge’s father. He is a mathematics professor at Columbia University. Abe is a man with deeply entrenched habits and is not happy when anything disrupts is routine.
The Lovely Rose Weissman
Marin Hinkle plays Midge’s elegant, helpful mother and Abe’s long-suffering wife. Rose is busy trying to please everyone. She wants her family to be happy.
Enter Susie Meyerson
After she sees Midge’s drunken, but hilarious comedy routine at the Gaslight, Susie Meyerson thinks Midge actually has ‘the goods‘. Meaning she could be a female comedian. Sounds silly now, but back in the olden, golden 1950s, there weren’t many women stand up comedians.
Alex Bortstein plays Susie, the wannabe manager who reluctantly helps guide Mrs. Maisel through the seedy, late-night world of comedy clubs.
Also starring Kevin Pollak as Joel’s dad, Moishe Maisel, Luke Kirby as legendary 1950’s comedian, Lenny Bruce, and Jane Lynch as Sophie Lennon.
Emmy Award Winner
- Outstanding Comedy Series
- Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Rachel Brosnahan
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Alex Borstein
- Outstanding Writing and Directing for a Comedy Series – Amy Sherman-Palladino
- Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – Jane Lynch
- Outstanding Period Costumes – For all of the gorgeous 1950’s outfits.
Catch up with Seasons 1-2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime
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*Adult language, nudity, and adult situations. Some scenes of drug use.
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