It’s the late 1950s and Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she has ever wanted — the perfect husband, two kids and an elegant apartment on New York’s Upper West Side. Her seemingly idyllic life takes a surprising turn when she discovers a hidden talent she didn’t previously know she had — stand-up comedy. This revelation changes her life forever as she begins a journey that takes her from her comfortable life on the Upper West Side through the cafes and nightclubs of Greenwich Village as she makes her way through the city’s comedy industry on a path that could ultimately lead her to a spot on the “Tonight Show” couch.
Have you watched this show yet? If not, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Midge Maisel is a wife and mother in late 1950’s New York. She comes from money and her husband comes from money. They live in luxury on the Upper West Side and dress to the nines.
Midge’s husband, Joel, has dreams of being the next Bob Hope. He goes to the Gaslight theater (in Soho I believe) to a club where you can showcase your act. Midge makes her famous brisket to help her husband get prime time slots. The only problem – Joel’s not really that funny.
After a big fight and a lot of alcohol, Midge herself ends up at the Gaslight on stage and starts her “act”. She’s really just venting about her life, but the audience loves her. She swears on stage (women apparently weren’t allowed to swear in the late 1950’s [thank god that law changed]) and Midge gets in trouble.
Midge catches the eye of Susie, the manager of the Gaslight (played brilliantly by Alex Bornstein). Susie is convinced Midge has a gift and wants to represent her. Susie works to get Midge gigs at both the Gaslight and other locations around the city.
In addition to the stand-up comedy aspect, there is also a family dramedy included here as well. Midge’s parents are very strict Jewish parents, as are her in-laws. There are back stories with her parents, Joel and Susie.
What’s really brilliant about this show, however, is the writing. Rachel Brosnahan as Midge is amazing and she was very deserving of her Golden Globe. She’s so likable as this character and you pull for her from the beginning. She’s also incredibly funny.
This show is just incredibly amazing and I would recommend any watch it.