Fresh Air critic at large John Powers reviews the new Amazon series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel:
“What counts as material and how you use it lies at the heart of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the delightfully zippy new Amazon series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel Palladino — a team best known for The Gilmore Girls and Bunheads. Set in a brightly-colored version of late '50s New York — the soundtrack is bursting with show tunes and Sinatra — it’s a backhanded riposte to the old canard that women can’t be funny.
When we first meet Miriam Maisel — played by Rachel Brosnahan — she’s in her bridal gown and addressing her wedding banquet. She turns her speech into a piece of impromptu stand-up, complete with jokes about the food not being kosher.
But while Miriam clearly has a mouth on her, she’s content to be the comfortably Upper West Side wife of Joel Maisel — that’s Michael Zegen — who works in an office by day but, by night, goes down to the Village to try to make it as a comedian.