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Brokaw: ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ a delight to the very end

By Francine Brokaw - Special to the Daily Herald | May 17, 2023

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“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is streaming now on Amazon Prime.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” finishes its successful run with the ongoing fifth and final season. This is a little different than the others as it brings viewers up to date with the characters and, as it hops back and forth between past and present, the whole picture emerges over the last several decades.

Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) is on her rise to success, but it comes with a lot of ups and downs as she bumps up against the establishment and various “rules.” Even though they are divorced, Midge and Joel (Michael Zegen) have a great friendship and rely on each other as they continue with their individual lives.

Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein) continues with her witty banter — she could have been a standup comedienne too — as she grows her agency and mingles with the big names in show business. Abe and Rose Weissman (Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle) are still working on their jobs as they continue live in the same apartment with their daughter and two grandchildren. This is a strange family, to say the least, but they manage.

Moishe and Shirley Maisel (Kevin Pollak and Caroline Aaron) still cannot understand exactly what their former daughter-in-law does, and even when she has a big name beside her, they just don’t get it.

Returning this season is Luke Kirby as Lenny Bruce, the real-life legend with his own ups and downs, and Reid Scott is Gordon Ford, a Johnny Carson-esque late-night host.

So, while Susie keeps plugging away trying to set up Midge with her “big break,” everyone continues as usual.

The way the season is structured makes for a good finish to the series and ties up everything in a neat little bow. Mrs. Maisel has had a good run on Prime Video and with this series finale, it will go down as one of the network’s most successful original series.

The quick talk and continual jokes make the series what it is. The actors do a phenomenal job and Brosnahan and Borstein deserve every accolade they’ve been given. They are, quite frankly, funny, irreverent and a joy to watch.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” continues with new episodes until the final installment is dropped on Prime Video on May 26.


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