We are binge-watching pros, and one thing we know is that what we want to watch will depend on our moods. There are those shows you’ll have playing in the background while you do stuff around the apartment and then there is the one everyone has been telling you to watch (and they’re actually right in doing so). As far as premium binge-worthy shows go, Amazon Prime Video’s Golden Globe and Emmy Awarding-winning The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is one to put on your must-watch list—and then clear your schedule for the weekend because once you start, you won’t want to stop.
Without giving too much away, the show follows witty and confident ‘50s housewife and mother Miriam “Midge” Maisel whose life unapologetically gets turned upside down when her husband leaves her as a result of his own insecurities and shortcomings. What happens next is entirely unexpected and takes Midge on a journey of self-discovery that defies expectations and traditions. While the show itself is funny and relatable in its realness, the current of questioning societal norms runs beneath the surface and forces viewers to consider how much times have changed and where we still have left to go. Here are some of the reasons you should be watching this show packed full of comedy gold.
This show is so smart and witty, not only in how the characters are developed and unfold in front of your eyes, but even in the delivery and the setup of the show. And when you consider that the show was written and produced by Amy Sherman-Palladino of Gilmore Girls fame, it’s no surprise. Mrs. Maisel has the same fast-talking tempo as its Gilmore Girls predecessor and is equal parts relatable and bold. Despite its period piece style, it has a strong feminist edge, wrapped in a witty and fashionable bow.
Rachel Brosnahan leads the charge and dazzles as the magnetic and fearless Midge Maisel. With no comedic background, her ability to nail the timing and fully transform into her role as Midge is impressive and a genuine treat to watch. Supporting cast members such as Alex Borstein, whose Susie Myers works as Midge’s tough sounding board and sort-of friend, Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle and the countless others make this show the hit that it was meant to be.
It’s the ultimate revenge story
Midge isn’t mean or vindictive in her quest for revenge. In fact, she’s not even on a quest. She just finally realizes that she’s more than the sum of her relationship—even in the ‘50s. Her best way of getting over her ex is realizing that her true potential is so much more than being just a housewife (which is totally fine if that’s your choice, but back then, there wasn’t much of one) and just going for it.
‘50s style is already a force to be reckoned with (though what women put themselves through for a tiny waist is not something be down for, thank you very much), and Midge’s sense of style even more so, thanks to inimitable costume designer Donna Zakowska. I’ll just leave this image right here. I rest my case.
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