The “Mad Divorcee of the Upper West Side,” Midge Maisel, is back and more marvelous than ever in season two of Amazon’s Golden Globe and Emmy-winning original series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
The entire cast has returned, including Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner, Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel, Emmy winner Alex Borstein as Midge’s manager Susie Myerson, Michael Zegan as Midge’s ex-husband Joel, Tony Shalhoub as Midge’s father Abraham “Abe” Weissman and Marin Hinkle as Abe’s wife Rose.
Midge’s conflict in season two is maintaining her new double life as a housewife and comedian. She has been keeping her comedy life from close friends and family because she fears what they might think.
She still goes out each night without telling anyone, but it soon becomes very difficult to keep her secret. Midge runs into many close calls, including when one of her friends spots Susie high in Midge’s bathtub.
Susie begins to find more gigs for Midge at new venues other than their usual pub, The Gaslight, taking her comedy career to the next level. Midge feels more confident being on stage and continues to defy her housewife persona by competing with male comedians.
What sets season two apart from its predecessor is the new adventures the protagonists take. The show expands its borders outside of Manhattan to places like Paris and the Catskills as viewers get the chance to follow the duo on tour as Midge climbs the ladder of fame.
There is also more character development. Viewers get to see more crazy family drama between the Maisels and Weissmans, and how each family is still trying to overcome the aftermath of the divorce. There are also more moments centered around Midge and Joel as parents interacting with their two children, Ethan and Esther.
Of course, there is what viewers have been waiting for since they finished season one: more stand-up. Midge’s career has become more than just poking fun at her divorce. She hypnotizes each audience with her natural comedic ability, whether it is taking digs at her male counterparts or even making prank calls live on the set of a telethon for arthritis.
Another amazing aspect taken from the first season is the timeliness of the soundtrack featured in each episode. While some songs are not actually from the ’50s, there are many notable artists like Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and Louis Armstrong that set the mood of each scene and give the series that mid-twentieth-century feel.
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” season two is nominated for three Golden Globe awards for best television series – musical or comedy, Brosnahan for best performance by an actress in a television series – musical or comedy and Borstein for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series.
The series is the perfect reason to sign up for Amazon Prime for those who may be skeptical about the streaming service. Both seasons are now available for streaming and will make viewers keep reaching for the tissue box for all 18 episodes. One can expect to cry, either it be due to the show’s sad moments or because they are unable to stop laughing.