It is wonderful! It is marvelous. The costumes! The costumes are so Audrey Hepburn. The music is so Broadway. The street scenes are so New York! The humor! The humor is so funny! I love it!
The only caveat I have is that if you have tender ears, the language may be too coarse for you. But, then considering the current administration is also from New York, maybe it's just a sort of New York accent.
If, however, that is of no concern to you -- it is wonderful!
1958 New York City -- our vivacious, innocent (relatively,) enthusiastic heroine has graduated from Bryn Mawr, has been married to Mr. Right for four years, has two children (one of each,) and lives in a palatial apartment on NYC's Upper West Side (just a couple of floors down from her parents.) She follows the correct beauty regime, has the right kind of friends, is a wonderful cook, and is very supportive of her husband's dream to be a stand-up comedian.
What could go wrong?
Oh, my goodness. I want to tell you so bad. But I have this thing about spoilers. Suffice it to say, everything that goes wrong is surprising and great material for a stand-up comedy routine. And I don't mean HIS. Kudos to the creator and writer Amy Sherman-Palladino along with Daniel Palladino.
Rachel Brosnahan is our Miriam "Midge" Maisel. She's already received a Critics' Choice Award and The Golden Globe as Best Actress for her performance in the series. And she is perfect.
You will be forgiven if you alternate between remembering Audrey Hepburn and Marlo Thomas's That Girl. Add a dash of Marabel Morgan's The Total Woman and a great dollop of Joan Rivers and you've got The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
There are even shadows of Downton Abbey -- The Weissmans (Midge's parents -- he's a professor at Columbia and she's a doyenne) did not raise their daughter to work!
Is she an exaggeration? I don't know. Maybe. Probably. But I do remember that my own mother did not grow up expecting to work outside the home. And, although we lived in a very small town in the middle of a fly-over state, she always dressed to go into The City. That meant hat, gloves, and matching bag and shoes.
Oh and the characters around the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! The most perfectly WRONG kind of friends.
First and foremost Susie, played by Alex Borstein, who does not live on the Upper West Side, didn't go to Bryn Mawr, and who grew up in a family that didn't give a damn what she did. But Susie gets Midge. She recognizes talent when she sees it. She can imagine a STAR.
Borstein was nominated for a Critics Choice Award as Best Supporting Actress.
And Lenny Bruce! Yes, THE Lenny Bruce.
When I asked my daughter Grace and her friend if they knew who Lenny Bruce was. That drew blank looks.
"Was he a writer?" she asked.
Books and writers. Bookstores and libraries. These are the things that I've raised my children with.
"No!" I said. "He was a comedian!"
She and her friend Spencer broke into the lyric from Rent's La Vie Boheme, "Lenny Bruce. Langston Hughes. To the stage!"
That got a blank look from me. I have seen Rent and I do like it. But I don't know the lyrics, for heaven's sake.
Spencer immediately googled Lenny Bruce on their phone. "He was prosecuted and convicted for obscenity."
"Yes! Yes! That was him," I cried. "A comedian."
They had no idea.
"You probably don't even know who Bella Abzug was, do you?" I accused. "Feminist? Congress Woman from New York?"
"No but we know who Shirley Chisholm and Betty Friedan were," they responded.
At least that's something. However, none of these women have anything to do with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
I did suggest that perhaps Grace and Spencer were not old enough to enjoy the series.
Grace pointed out "You enjoy Downton Abbey and you're not that old."
Well, that did rather burst my bubble. Having spent my fervor, I admitted a couple of anachronisms that a good editor would have caught. Things that should not have been in the scripts because they didn't exist yet. Keeping in mind the story is set in 1958. There were musical nods to later Rock and Roll.
And "Midge mentions 'pantyhose' which we didn't start wearing until the mid-60s," I said.
"Remember girdles and garter belts?" I asked.
More blank looks.
Maybe not as old as Downton Abbey, but oh my. When did I get this old?
Watch it with Google close at hand. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is available on Amazon Prime.
P.S. The second season starts filming in March. (Filming? They probably don't use film anymore. "Starts production" I should say to cover whatever it is they do these days.)