So, I was in between TV shows, eagerly awaiting the arrival of series two of The Crown. I had a few days to spare and Mr C suggested, based on a random tweet he’d seen, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, available on Amazon Prime. I’d sort of forgotten I even had access to Amazon Prime content, but looked this one up. It only took maybe half an episode before I was hooked. What an incredible show, and here are five reasons why:
- Fantastic female characters. Flawed but brilliant, inspirational but human, this show is stacked with great, relatable female characters. Midge naturally captivates every scene she is in, but I have so much love for Susie and even the parents – who don’t quite have the open-minds you’d hope for but are very representative of their time.
- The sets and costumes. Really, truly gorgeous imagery is presented in every single episode. Midge’s outfits are beautiful from the dress she wears for an important occasion, to the more down to earth leisure wear. It’s also interesting to see the changes happening in fashion, from bulky dresses to slim-line and more revealing.
- The comedy scene. I don’t know much about being a stand up comedian, but I loved living the life through a newbie’s eyes. From Midge writing everything incessantly in her notebook, to worrying she can only perform drunk, to learning how to hone her craft, it’s really an insightful piece into the effort and self-doubt that goes into performing on stage.
- The smaller insights. Alongside the more obvious stories and episode arcs, I loved the sneaky little looks at life in the 50s. The scene where Midge and her friend take an exercise class was a wonder to behold. The posters on the wall of the department store staff room were also fascinating. It’s the smaller details that add up to a really rich whole.
- Great scripts. It’s exactly what you’d expect from some fast talking Jewish families in New York, and it’s brilliant.