I have just finished watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and I cannot wait for Season 4.
What is The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel About?
The show starts in 1958 and is about Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), an upper-class Jewish American housewife who lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She has been married to Joel Maisel (Michael Zegen) for four years and has the couple have two children. Joel works at a plastics company and on the side fancies himself as a stand-up comedian. He performs at the Gaslight Café and copies other well-known comics material for his act. He is not good and rather mediocre at best. After a very bad performance, he leaves his wife and children as he thinks he is a failure and not to mention that Joel is also having an affair with his secretary.
Midge reacts to Joel leaving by getting drunk and going to The Gaslight Café to let off some steam. She ends up on stage telling the audience all sorts of personal stories and letting them know that her husband has just left her, and also packed his stuff in her suitcase! She swears and then flashes her breasts when she says, “Would you leave this?”, and gets promptly arrested for her language and for nudity. (In 2021, what Midge did wasn’t an arrestable offence but in 1958 it was).
Miriam moves in with her parents, Rose (Marin Hinkle) and Abe (Tony Shalhoub) and gets work at B. Altman (A high-end department store) at the cosmetics counter.
Midge realises she is good at comedy and would like to become a stand up comic. Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein) who works booking talent at The Gaslight Café sees that Midge is talented and has great potential to become a famous comedian. Susie becomes her manager and they both start working on Midge’s act.
The show is now the journey of how Midge navigates the world of work and comedy and also being a single mother. She is constantly pressured by her family to give Joel another chance but Midge has been deeply hurt by Joel leaving and believes she is better on her own.
I just love shows set in a different era, I like how the sets are styled to match the year, clothes, hair and makeup are also fabulous as they really make you feel like you are indeed in the late 1950s and early 1960s. I really admire the set decorators and costumiers that create a whole world, they are beyond talented.
The Fashion from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Midge Maisel wears some really stunning outfits and so does her mother Rose. I just adore seeing what Midge wears in each episode and how her manager Susie Myerson complains about how fancy her clothes are and of course not right for the clubs they frequent.
I learnt from the show that you can match your shoes to your handbag, not your dress or skirt. Although the colours of the handbag and shoes did compliment the dress colours, I would have not thought to do this. One outfit Midge wore was a purple dress and she had a green handbag and green shoes that had purple stripes on them, and it looked amazing!
Women’s Rights and Independence
Even though the show is set in the late ’50s and early 60’s it is rather modern with regards to Midge and Joel’s relationship post-marriage breakup. Midge works during the day, goes to clubs in the evening to do her stand up comedy and is the mother to two children.
In the third season, she goes on tour to open for Shy Baldwin (LeRoy McClain) and Joel looks after the kids. It is the early 1960’s and many who learn that Joel is the primary carer for the kids are shocked. It is pointed out that Midge shouldn’t be travelling and should be a full-time mother to her children. This arrangement is very modern and embraces Midge’s new freedom to have her own career, and eventually buy back her apartment so that she can be an independent woman and make her own decisions for herself and her children.
Her parents finally come around to the fact that their daughter is walking a different path and embrace her new career and the fact that she has not remarried after separating from Joel.
Looking forward to Season 4
If you are a fan of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel you will be very happy to learn that Amazon has renewed the show for a fourth season…. what fantastic news, and I cannot wait to learn what happens to all the characters.
Currently cast and crew have been filming the fourth season in New York.
Filming has been stalled due to COVID so we might see the new series hit Amazon possibly end of 2021.
Make sure that you check out the The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as I’m sure you will love it as much as I do. You can watch all three seasons and either binge watch or watch a few each week.
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