Amy Sherman-Palladino’s newest show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is available now to stream on Amazon Prime.
All eight shiny episodes of the first season are available as of yesterday (Nov 29), each running about an hour long. Something I love about this current generation of TV shows is the short season lengths. Gone (mostly) are the days of 24 episode seasons where only the first and last shows demonstrated any semblance at all to plot while the interim was inane filler. In the best case this means quality television and the worst case is we spend less time watching nonsense. S’all good.
For the uninitiated, Midge Maisel is a dutiful 1950s housewife to a third-rate stand-up comic in New York. At the time, there was no such thing as a female stand-up comic and well I’ll just leave that hanging there. Check out our David’s insightful review of the pilot or better still, watch the show!
In the titular role that – like Lorelai Gilmore – must have been insanely difficult to cast, Rachel Brosnahan sparkles. She’s smart, silly and sexy in a part that demands character, charm and comic chops. Supporting cast is fab and reviews are very positive. Currently rating at 4.9 out of 5 on Amazon UK, 8.7 out of 10 on IMDb and 80% on Metacritic.
For your delectation and because you are Gilmore geeks, crossover cast from Gilmore Girls include Alex Borstein (harpist Drella and the faaabulous Miss Celine) and Brian Tarantina (Bootsy) as series regulars. Jane Lynch (Glee’s Sue Sylvester) has a cameo and in Gilmore Girls was a nurse at the hospital, one of the few who did not wither before the full force of Emily. Bailey De Young (Ginny from Gilmore Girls’ sister show Bunheads) also appears – yay! The full cast list is pretty stellar, including (and I’m basically picking every fifth name from the IMDb page) Tony Shalhoub, Kevin Pollak, David Paymer, Nate Corddry, Wallace Shawn, Gilbert Gottfried etc. With music by our Sam Phillips (Gilmore Girls)!
Miss Maisel was written and directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino with the exception of one episode (Mrs X at the Gaslight) which was written by Sheila R Lawrence and directed by Scott Ellis. Get on it.
Have you been looking forward to Miss Maisel?
Will you be watching it when it reaches [your choice of streaming / hard media]?
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Happy December y’all! Wow what a year for a Gilmore Girl fan!