The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. It's an Amazon TV series, set in late-1950s New York City -- or a kind of Technicolor version of it. "Midge" Maisel has a perfect-looking life: two kids, lovely apartment, plenty of money, rising-young-executive husband who does standup comedy on the side -- until it all falls apart and she ends up behind the microphone, channeling a kind of Joan Rivers/Phyllis Diller vibe. The whole thing is just a little bit bigger and better than life -- colors brighter, dialog snappier, issues more clearly drawn and all the characters just a bit more "there" than anyone ever is.
In look and feel, it's an edgier version of an old color Hollywood movie -- a good old Hollywood movie. I keep expecting a street scene to turn into a musical number; not gonna happen, that's not where this bus is going. Well worth watching, though language (and one short scene in the pilot) is occasionally not family-friendly. The expectations that frame Midge's life -- family, home, marriage, success -- are very much the ones I grew up with decades later and half a continent away, cultural differences notwithstanding. Some of the grumpier menfolk may find it a little bit too girl-power-y or overly glib; but it's worth looking at if you like pow-pow-pow sharp repartee, nicely-drawn characters and bit of escapism into a place that, for all the grit, is just a little more glittering than reality.
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