Move over Netflix, Amazon Prime hit it out of the park again with their latest original streaming show, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.
Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) is a Jewish housewife living in New York City in 1958. Her husband, Joel, is a businessman who moonlights as a struggling comedian. Midge supports Joel, providing feedback about his sets, but becomes disillusioned when she discovers that Joel has stolen one of his best routines from Bob Newhart.
One night, after a particularly rough performance, Joel confesses to Midge that he has been having an affair and leaves her. Midge goes to her family for support but primarily receives criticism for choosing to marry Joel.
After getting drunk, Midge returns to the comedy club where Joel performs and impulsively goes on stage, delivering an impromptu set about her predicament which the audience finds hilarious. After baring her breasts in an attempt to demonstrate how attractive she is, Midge is arrested and taken to jail on a morals charge.
The next morning, she meets Lenny Bruce (Luke Kirby), who is also being bailed out of jail. Bruce warns Midge that the comedy business is terrible, but Midge takes his warning as encouragement and teams with Susie (Alex Borstein), a comedy club employee, to hone her act.
Reception for Season One was very good by critics, receiving a metascore of 80 as of December 6 with 26 critics aggregated.NPR highlighted the effectiveness of the comedy in the show, writing “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel isn’t aiming for realism. It’s a heroic fantasy. And Midge’s humor, one might say, is the ultimate version of staircase wit. Recklessly honest, she says what female comedians would’ve said half a century ago — if they had only been free to say it.”
With reviews like that it is easy to see why this has become an instant hit! If you have not checked out the pilot yet, I encourrage you to do so, and when you are done take a look at another Prime original, The Man in the High Castle.