With every man show, like the Punisher out there, I gotta keep my reviews in check, so it is only fair that I watch more of a woman’s show, that way there is a balance not only to what I watch, but the reviews my audience reads. Therefore, I decided to check out THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL on Amazon for several reasons. One: my wife was interested in watching the show. Two: I was interested because they people that wrote and directed all 8 of these episode happened to have created another favorite show of mine, Gilmore Girls (don’t judge, fuck you, it’s a good show). And three, the story intrigued me a lot. Needless to say, with all of these ingredients, I highly enjoyed and highly recommend The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as it is another Amazon series winner, and my favorite since Bosch.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is about a housewife (played to perfection by Rachel Brosnahan) whose husband leaves her for his secretary and so she decides to become and we see her progress into a masterful stand up comedian. Her husband was a stand up comedian and basically only leaves her when she figures out that he steals his act from Bob Newhart and when he tries to do his own stuff he is actually pretty terrible. She gets a manager in Susie Meyerson (played by Alex Borstein who gives the performance of her career) from a local place called The Gaslight after she just goes up to a mike there and starts ranting after her husband leaves (her husband did his stealing acts there). Then her story takes her to dealing with her parents in the midst of a possible divorce, her living situations, trying to find the right balance in her act, dealing with her kids time with her husband, and running into her husband when he is still seeing his secretary. All in the midst of trying to get into stand-up stardom. It’s a very meaty, fast paced, and wonderful 8 episodes.
Just like Gilmore Girls, the dialogue is quick witted, and very fast paced. And it feels real, which is the most important thing. I like how she just doesn’t get to stardom immediately either. Season 1 (I really hope there is a 2) takes its very sweet time, and you may be be surprised where she actually is by the end of the 8 episodes. The acting in this also takes the series to another level. Brosnahan and Borstein is what make this show so good. Their banters to each other and other people are memorable and will have you laughing harder than a lot of comedies that are on the air right now. Tony Shaloub also makes a nice turn as Maisel’s father. I was kind of getting sick of him as Monk and his turn here as a nervous over bearing Jewish father is quite unique and refreshing.
And the stand up acts here are the best. Brosnahan flows through them so naturally, you would think she is an actual stand up comedian and not just a terrific actress. The style,mood, and cinematography of the 50s time period this is in is right on point as well. If I had any complaints it is the fact that they really don’t focus on the relationship ship between her children and her that much and them being flung from parent to parent. Maybe that is a dynamic they could explore and beef up more in Season 2.
I called this a woman’s show earlier. It is and it isn’t. This show could be enjoyed by all sexes and any age from 16 and up. Especially if you like great acting and terrific dialogue. The fact that it is only 8 episode too makes everything very tight and everything flows perfectly structurally. I haven’t seen Transparent at all, but with this, Transparent, and Bosch, Amazon is become quite the contender when it comes to original television programming. This is a must watch if you have the time as well.