The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: What The Critics Are Saying
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The Amazon original is a witty, charming, and 'Jewishly' neurotic delight.

One of the more surprising television offerings this holiday season is "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," a comedy set in 1950s New York City about a Jewish housewife who becomes a stand-up comedian after her marriage falls apart. It seems a bit of an idiosyncratic premise, but thanks to creator Amy Sherman-Palladino (also creator of "Gilmore Girls), the show really works. It's even more relatable if you're Jewish, although that's certainly not a prerequisite to appreciate the show humor. 

The pilot streamed on Amazon TV last year as part of the company's model of ordering full seasons based on whichever pilots get watched the most. Clearly, audiences took to the series like apple sauce to a latke because season one is now available in full. But how do the critics feel about it? Have they found their beshert in Miriam "Midge" Maisel (played by Rachel Brosnahan of "House of Cards" fame) or are they kvetching like an alter cocker?

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"Amazon Prime is lucky to have signed Sherman-Palladino and to have ponied up for a two-season commitment for 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,' because it’s obvious from the four episodes I’ve watched that Brosnahan is giving a superb performance and that Amy Sherman-Palladino knows exactly where she’s going with the stories she and Dan want to tell. I know some of you are going to say, 'Aw, gee — does this mean no more new 'Gilmore Girls' on Netflix?' To which I respond: Hold your horses. 'Gilmore Girls' can wait — wait for 'Mrs. Maisel' to burrow its own distinctive blend of comedy, drama, and romance into your heart and mind." -Ken Tucker, Yahoo TV

"Overall, the new Amazon series focuses on finding the “marvelous” in Maisel in spite of the “Mrs.” It’s not about a romance or a family or even a newly single mom — not really. It’s about how a woman’s dedication to marriage above self can bog down her potential. It utilizes its stories of romance, family, and a newly single mom to elevate women who have thrived despite institutionalized oppression." -Ben Travers, Indiewire

"That moment, and every subsequent moment when Miriam throws caution to the wind while holding a mic in her hand, is when 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maiselreally comes to life. Brosnahan, best known as the victimized Rachel in 'House of Cards,' ignites every fire inside as Miriam, a woman who may value domestic life but is, at heart, an opinionated whirlwind who’s finally liberated when she’s running her mouth off in front of a roomful of New Yorkers." -Jen Chaney, Vulture

"TV doesn’t exactly need another show about what it takes to succeed in the comedy business. 2017 alone has given us HBO’s 'Crashing,' Showtime’s 'I'm Dying Up Here' and 'White Famous,' and TV Land’s 'Nobodies.' 'Mrs. Maisel' has a unique period setting (though it’s only about 15 years earlier than 'I'm Dying Up Here,' that’s several generations apart in terms of the evolution of the form) to set it apart, but the main asset it has is the writing of creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, the mind behind 'Gilmore Girls'." -Alan Sepinwall, Uproxx

"Sherman-Palladino's trademark rat-a-tat banter feels extra-stilted funneled through this nice Jewish girl and her extended circle, until everyone sounds the same -- as if they're participating in a Catskills comedy skit. That doesn't mean there aren't funny lines and solid sequences, like one involving Shalhoub and Pollak in a later episode, only that the nature of the dialogue yields diminishing, bordering-on-monotonous returns." -Brian Lowry, CNN

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