Prime Original The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
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Lauren Wallenfels

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, an Amazon series created by award-winning Jewish creator and writer Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls, Bunheads), is about a 1950’s housewife named Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan). The series focuses on Midge’s life and especially her pursuit of stand-up comedy. Midge is even more exciting as a character because, in case you couldn’t guess by her name, she’s Jewish.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a great show that really highlights women’s ability to be on their own, be quirky, outgoing and different rather than just a typical housewife. While Midge does possess some of the typical “Jewish Mother” stereotypes, such as tending to the children, cooking and cleaning, she is also very much a go-getter.

Throughout the first season, it’s easy to tell Midge isn’t afraid to speak her mind and do things differently from what is expected of her. This is difficult because both she and her husband come from traditional Upper East Side Jewish families who expect a lot from them. Midge’s family want a traditional idea of success for her, and that doesn’t include being a comedian. When Midge decides to pursue a career in stand-up comedy after her marriage seems to be falling apart, she’s forced to move back in with her parents. While it certainly wasn’t expected or necessarily accepted, Midge moves into her childhood bedroom in a way that is convincing and confident, almost as if it was her decision all along and not a product of her failing marriage.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is quite entertaining and funny, but it can also teach the viewer a lot. As a young woman, it taught me to go against what is considered normal and stand up for myself. It reminded me to do what is best for me even if it doesn’t follow the expectations of my family or society.

In addition to the fact that the show is overall entertaining, Maisel is an Amy Sherman-Palladino creation, which means it’s filled with witty conversations and lovable characters. In the end, the combination is nothing short of fantastic.

If you have the opportunity, check this show out and see why everyone’s talking about Midge. It’s already won many awards, including five Emmys and two Golden Globes, and the second season, which comes out Dec. 5, is expected to bring just as much joy and intrigue as the first.