Miss Maisel has Arrived!

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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]?
Have you have your Christmas decorations up yet?
Do Americans do mince pies?

Happy December y’all!¬† Wow what a year for a Gilmore Girl fan!

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Rich

Rich originally began contributing to GIlmore News as 'Dairyman' in 2013, a reference to the character Dairyman Dick in Tess of the D'Urbervilles, (call me Rich). Here in the UK we were late to the Gilmore party and I don't remember what made me watch my first episode - the one where Lorelai picks Rory up from the police station after she and Logan steal a yacht - but I remember watching it again immediately. And then again. Thankfully, the next show was on the next day and I watched that one three times too. And then the boat one again. I couldn't believe the dialogue was so quick and so funny and I pretended to myself that I was only watching it so I could figure out who I was more keen on - the mom or the daughter. I swore that Aaron Sorkin must have been involved but I couldn't find his name attached anywhere, even on the internet. So I watched and loved and laughed and cried and the day after the series finale, they ran the entire show from the beginning again and Rory turned into a baby so then I was all about Lorelai. Lauren Graham is astonishing ("Mother: Breathtaking") and the show was - and is - lightning in a bottle. It's a treasure for those who watch and get swept up in it, like I did and like the readers of Gilmore News. It's heartbreak and chicken soup, family dysfunction and blind optimism, lighthearted romanticism and balls-out brilliant. Thanks to Arieanna and gilmorenews.com for letting me squat and allowing my inner Gilmore Geek out for air. I worry how it would otherwise manifest.

3 thoughts on “Miss Maisel has Arrived!

  • December 1, 2017 at 7:08 am
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    I just watched the amazing second episode of Miss Maisel and it’s like someone only just told Amy where the gas pedal is. The laughs are ridiculously fast, the quips are smart and quotable and I feel 200% more Jewish than before I watched it. It’s great and the cast are blistering. Watching Midge struggle finding herself despite – or because – of her personal chaos is wonderful. With Lenny Bruce as her Clarence Odbody and Alex Borstein as her Mr Miyagi, it’s set to be a hiliarious journey.

    Amazon Prime in the UK also just started screening This Is Us. I also watched the first episode on the grounds that Jess was in it and goodness me, who’d have thought five years ago that an online bookshop would be churning out TV this good? So now I’ve got THAT on my to do list too.

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  • December 6, 2017 at 8:28 am
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    It was so amazing!!! I loved it from start to finish. When is season 2 airing? This is the perfect show to get your Gilmore Girls fix without actually watching GG.

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  • December 6, 2017 at 8:28 pm
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    Since I do not stream it’s a moot point, but if Joan Rivers is the inspiration for the character not particularly interested even from the ASP viewpoint. Also noticed today in TV Guide that Hulu is having a Sutton Foster stream-athon including the long lost but not forgotten Bunheads.

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