The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel returns to Amazon Prime Video on December 5th.
[Ed. Note: Being that TV and City is on a bit of a hiatus, this article has not been edited.]
By Ariba Bhuvad
Mrs. Maisel is BACK! And she’s sassier, cuter, and fiercer than ever before. It’s been about a year since the first season, and it felt like the time in between dragged on. But now the series is back for season two, and everything about it is perfection. Even the best of shows struggle to have a successful second season, but The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel does it effortlessly.
Critics were given the first five episodes to review, and they were such a blast to watch. Immediately, you’re drawn into Midge’s life and the glorious madness of it. However, there is a stark difference between the Midge we first met and the Midge we see now. She’s more confident, independent, and not afraid to tell it how it is. In fact, she’s exactly the type of character that we need in television–inspiring, badass, and relentless.
At the risk of sounding cheesy, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has managed to be even more marvelous in season two. And the reason behind it is the familiar backdrop of New York City, but even more so–the new backdrop of Paris. Yes, Paris. I won’t give away why the story takes you there, but I promise you’ll feel inspired to pack your bags and move there. Season 2 focuses a lot on Midge’s journey as a comedian, and how she is expanding her reach in that world. As expected, Rachel Brosnahan kills it as Midge and proves that the Emmy she won for the role was well-deserved.
And while the story is all about Midge, the showrunners do a great job incorporating all the characters–including Midge’s manager, Susie (Alex Borstein), Midge’s ex, Joel (Michael Zegen), and Midge’s parents, Abe (Tony Shalhoub) and Rose (Marin Hinkle). Collectively, they all play a larger role in season two and are the comedic soul of the story. I couldn’t imagine the series being what it is without them. And if you thought you loved them in the first season, you’re in for a huge treat this time around!
So what is it about season two that is so truly marvelous? Well, I already mentioned Paris, but I’ll say it again, Paris. Then there’s the underlying plot of season two which will lead Midge down a path she wasn’t quite expecting. And then there’s just the inspiration of it all. Here we have a female living in the ’50s going against the norms of her time to live her best life. There’s something about Midge that everyone can relate to, and an allure that only Brosnahan can bring to the character.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll ooh, you’ll aah. You’ll basically feel all the feels and feel that warm, fuzzy feeling the instant you start season 2 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It was well worth the wait, and you’ll enjoy every moment of it, just as much as you did with the first season. I promise.
I give The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s second season an A.