TV REVIEW

Vibrant characters rejuvenate TV genre

BROSNAHAN PERFORMS an early scene as Midge.

Set in the ’50s, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a refreshing new comedy television series on Amazon Prime. Released in late November, the show has had glowing reviews all around. With a 96 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.9 out of 10 stars on IMDB, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and lead actress Rachel Brosnahan have won two Golden Globe nominations—best television series (musical or comedy) and best performance by an actress in a television series (musical or comedy).

Witty not only with its alliterated title, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel offers fast-paced humor with deeply colorful characters. The plot features a newly married Jewish couple, Miriam “Midge” and Joel Maisel, following their life in New York City until their marriage falls apart. Both Midge and Joel are fascinating characters, with goals and desires and overbearing parents still very much involved in their lives. As the marriage falls apart, the show focuses on Midge as she discovers her talent for stand-up comedy and faces obstacles as an aspiring “comedienne.” Rachel Brosnahan does a beautiful job portraying Midge as an ambitious, meticulous, and empowered individual. Not to mention, her comedy acts are hilarious and they instill a feeling of empathy from the audience—one that makes us want her to succeed.

The costume, hair, and makeup are what truly differentiate this show. There is no other TV show set in the ’50s out now, and frankly, it’s about time. The clothing is fabulous, and all of the characters are perfectly done up. The designers create new colorful pieces for Midge to wear in every episode. Not to mention, her hair and makeup are flawless. It’s refreshing to see a different style from time to time, and this show takes no shortcuts.

Fortunately, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was signed for two seasons, although its recent and grand success suggests an even longer life span. If you are looking for a refreshing new show, I would highly recommend giving it a try.