Tell me why it took me so long to start watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime. It is almost perfect, and yet I’ve deprived myself of its delights until very recently.
Without going into any details about the series, here are the things I like about it in no particular order:
1. The music. The music is wonderful and comes from more than just the late 50’s which is the time period in which the series takes place. Just in the episode Studly Doright and I watched last night we heard pieces from Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Glen Miller, and The Hues Corporation. I sing along and Studly ignores me.
2. The fashions. Oh my goodness. Midge Maisel’s wardrobe is incredible. Most of it would look ridiculous on me, but I don’t care. I want every single piece of it.
3. The relationships. Midge and Joel. Her parents. His parents. Susie and who knows? The weirdness. The dialogue is divine.
4. The humor. Well, it is a series primarily about a female comic at a time in history when women weren’t supposed to be funny, unless they had some kind of schtick (think Minnie Pearl). Midge Maisel doesn’t do schtick. And she’s outrageously funny. And irreverent.
The only thing that I don’t exactly love is the way the two Maisel children are treated. They’re almost an afterthought in the day to day lives of the Maisels. In the Catskills episode they don’t even get the baby out of the car until the the rental house is arranged to their liking, Baby? What baby? Maybe that’s part of the schtick. But then, they don’t do schtick.
So I was late to the party. I’m enjoying it now, though. It provides a great distraction when the news becomes too much.