Gilbert Speaks on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”

2 Jan

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My husband bought a new television. It is huge, and it is a smart, which means that we can now get Amazon Prime. I am proud to admit that I’ve become a Prime Zombie. There are many great original series on Prime, but The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has to be my number one favorite.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

It’s 1958, and Midge Maisel is a Upper West Side Jewish housewife with two children. Although Midge is recovering from a break up with her unfaithful husband, they are on friendly terms. While Midge’s day job is spent alternating between telephone operator and salesperson at B. Altman, a New York department store, she cleverly keeps her job as a stand-up comic from her parents.

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Rachel Brosnahan plays Midge Maisel, Tony Shalhoub plays her father Abe Weissman, and Michael Zegen plays her husband, who does all in his power to win back his wife, while keeping his parents’ business from going under. The most interesting character in this series is Midge’s agent, Susie Myerson played by the fabulous Alex Borstein.

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Although Rachel is the star of the show, Tony Shalhoub and Alex Borstein have become my favorite characters. Tony’s Abe brings back pleasant memories of his Monk character, while Borstein’s Susie goes through some hilarious situations to book gigs for her client while dodging her bookie’s hitmen. When Midge decides to spend three months at the Catskills for the summer, Susie is forced to pretend she is hotel’s plumber in order to find available gigs during the long summer vacation.

Conclusion

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel fills the gap left when Seinfeld went off the air. Midge’s family is as funny as Jerry’s and George’s parents, with Susie being a tougher version of Elaine. There are two seasons to watch on Amazon Prime, and I intend to watch every episode. I love the series, and you will too.

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