'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Is A Much-Watch For Comedy Lovers

by Zakiya Jamal

The 2018 Golden Globes nominations were announced last week and some of the nominees may be new to you. For instance, Amazon's new comedy show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, was nominated for Best Comedy Series and its star, Rachel Brosnahan, was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. If you've never seen the show and don't have Amazon Prime, you may want to know if The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is on Hulu, so you can binge the first season. Unfortunately, there's only one place you'll find this new hit marvel.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is exclusively on Amazon Prime and that's the only way you'll be able to watch it. Similar to other streaming services, like Netflix and Hulu, it's very unlikely that Amazon will ever let the series appear on another streaming platform, but you never know. For now though, if you want to give the show a watch, you'll need to get Amazon Prime or know someone who has it. And based on its Golden Globe nominations, it's definitely worth a look.

The show is created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who is responsible for TV gems such as Gilmore Girls and Bunheads. The show stars Brosnahan as Miriam "Midge" Maisel, who goes from housewife to stand-up comic, after her husband unexpectedly leaves her.

In typical Sherman-Palladino fashion, the show definitely has a feminist feel to it as Midge searches for a way to make it on her own, going up against her parents (who ask her what she did to make her husband leave), and a society that feels a woman's place should be in the home. Starring alongside Brosnahan is Sherman-Palladino's longtime favorite, Alex Borstein, as Midge's friend and manager, Susie. If you've watched any of Sherman-Palladino's shows you'll definitely recognize Borstein, as she had multiple roles in Gilmore Girls and the revival, A Year in the Life. She also made a couple appearances in Bunheads.

Additionally, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel stars Marin Hinkle and Tony Shalhoub as Midge's parents, and Michael Zegen as her husband, Joel. While the show very clearly promotes the idea of a woman doing things for herself, the series has also been helmed for its unapologetic and realistic portrayal of Jewish life.

Just from the trailer alone, in which Midge jokes at her wedding that there's shrimp in the egg rolls, making the Rabbi almost have a fit, the fact that Midge and her family are Jewish is also a big part of the story. Sherman-Palladino herself is Jewish, and of her work in the past, this is the first time she's really made that a big part of any of her projects, which is something her fans (and critics) are really appreciating about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. When the show first released, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency even praised the show for making "the characters' Jewishness an integral—but not overdone—part of their identities."

The show has a lot of layers and elements, and deals with everything from gender roles, feminism, sex, religion, family, and so much more. Plus, it's just really funny. While it's definitely clear it's a Sherman-Palladino creation, especially with all the fast talking and familial drama, even if you've never seen one of her shows before, this is the perfect place to start. It may place in the '50s, but Midge's jokes are timeless and she herself is a very relatable character.

So if you haven't seen it yet, definitely check it out. It was nominated for a reason, after all. Plus, it's already been renewed for a second season, so you'll definitely want to catch up before more episodes come out. And after you binge the first season, you can tune in to the 2018 Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m. EST to see if The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel walks away with any awards.

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