When it first aired three years ago, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, the first Amazon Prime series to ever win Emmy Awards, offered us a portrayal of a woman as someone who is humane, flawed, and relatable through its titular heroine Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) as she tries to build a new life as a stand up comic after finding out that her husband has been cheating on her.
The biggest issue of the season, however, comes from the way Amy Sherman-Palladino approaches Midge’s upbringing as a white, rich, straight cis-woman who is oblivious to her own privilege. Whether it’s WWE news or something from across the sea, let’s talk shop. Yes, the Palladinos try to repair that blind spots by adding one Asian and two African-American characters in the story while challenging Midge’s parents Abe (Tony Shalhoub) and Rose (Marin Hinkle) to face the consequences of their ridiculously insular actions in season two.
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They still have a maid and plenty of expensive dresses as if the show refuses to acknowledge the idea that poverty is a real issue, not something that they can just toy around whenever it feels convenient. ‘The Fiend’ Vs Seth Rollins: The Worst Hell In A Cell Match Of All Time, 5 Things That Need To Happen On SmackDown After The Draft, 10 Agatha Christie Books To Read On Her 100th Publishing Anniversary, 10 Books About Witches That Will Put A Spell On You, 12 Ghost Stories To Freak You Out This Halloween. But sadly after episode two, the season chooses to keep coming back to something that is far less compelling than these conflicts like Midge’s divorce and Jewish upbringing.
Unfortunately, unlike Fleabag or Enlightened — two other comedy shows that successfully reshaped the portrayal of women in TV — which dare to dig even deeper into the darker flaws of their heroines, Mrs. Maisel fails to sustain its complexity in the show’s third season because it’s too afraid to leave the comfort zone that’s already built, resulting in the show not only beginning to lose plenty of steam, but also start to look very tone-deaf at addressing the issues it wanted to tackle in the first place. For the first two episodes, season three spends time examining these differences between Susie and Midge, delving into how Midge’s actions have a direct impact on Susie’s well being. Frankly, it’s just ridiculous for a show taking place in an era where a civil rights movement was happening and aspired to smash gender inequality in showbiz, to be this oblivious. Some of the coverage you find on Cultured Vultures contains affiliate links, which provide us with small commissions based on purchases made from visiting our site.