The Marvelous Mrs Maisel: the very best of TV | Maureen Good

Being home-bound for the past few months gave me the opportunity to rediscover some of my favourite TV shows and movies.

Top of this list was the popular amazon prime show, ‘The Marvelous Mrs Maisel’. This is the story of Midge Maisel, a housewife turned comedian in 1950s New York City, and is enthralling in its humour and its superb storytelling.

The commitment to detail in costume- and set-design to build an accurate (and visually pleasing) portrayal of the 1950s is commendable and is only fitting for such an expertly woven storyline, which balances comedy and drama without any trace of self-indulgence.

This modern take on the life of a 1950s Jewish housewife, rather than feeding into stereotypes, presents the audience with strong female leads (and fantastic character development for both male and female characters), and invites the audience to reflect on contemporary social inequalities by cleverly incorporating elements of 1950s discrimination within the jokes, bringing to the fore current discussions through this dissonant temporal framework, yet without ever falling into condescension.

The likeable quality of the characters enables the writers to seamlessly weave this subtle social commentary within the broader story of their relationships, be it that of Midge and her ex-husband, of her old-fashioned parents in various hilarious mise-en-scène, or of Midge and her headstrong manager Susie.

In this remarkable series, both form and content come together in a comprehensive unit to generate an outstanding emotive force which both moves the spectator and stands out against so many other contemporary comedies.

So, if you’re looking for a new show to binge-watch this weekend, hop on over to Mrs Maisel and be prepared to be swept off your feet!


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