On December 5th, everyone’s favorite Upper West Side, Jewish, female comic is back. Taking place in the ’50s, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel follows house-wife Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), who becomes a stand-up comic after her husband leaves her. From Amy Sherman-Palladino, who brought use Gilmore girls, Mrs. Maisel is hysterical with it’s endless stream of whit. Coming on the heals of eight Emmys for its first season, season two drops on Amazon on December 5th, and judging by the five episodes they released to the press, it’s better than ever.
When we last saw Midge, she was doing her damnedest to make it as a female comic, even as she was black-balled, and her personal life up in flames. Season one ended with her pulling off a successful gig, and her husband choosing not to get back together with her after finding about her double life. In season two, Midge still hasn’t told anyone in her life about her new career as a comic – a conflict that builds to a head this season as Midge becomes more successful, and it becomes harder to keep a secret.
Midge and separated-husband Joel still love each other, and are even amicable with each other, but struggle getting used to being single. This is especially true as everyone heads off to the Catskills for the summer, and people gossip incessantly about the couple, badger them with invasive questions, and try to set them up with new people.
Between balancing her family, a day job, comedy, and now, dating, Midge’s life is more hectic than ever, which is great fodder for her stand-up acts, which are funnier with each passing episode. Unlike last season, where Midge occasionally bombed, here she seems to have figured out how to find her footing even when she’s feeling a little rocky up on stage – even in the most trying of circumstances.
While the first episode of the new season is quite an unusual episode of Mrs. Maisel, the show quickly recovers in episode two, and every episode (at least of the five I’ve seen) are dynamite from then on. If you’ve been waiting for season two with baited breath, you can breath a sigh of relief, because yes, season one is just as good as season two, maybe even better.