We analyzed the keys to the success of the series 'The wonderful Mrs. Maisel' (Amazon Prime Video), an award-winning comedy set in the late 1950s about a New York housewife turned into a great monologist.
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A PROTAGONIST WITH CHARISM
Rachel Brosnahan is the actress who plays Midge Maisel, an Upper East Side New York housewife with two late-1950s children who takes a major toll on her life when Joel (Michael Zegen), her husband, abandons her for his secretary. From there, Mrs. Maisel will discover that she was not as free as she thought and that she knows how to connect very well with the public with her comic monologues. A passion that he will carry out with the help of Susie (Alex Borstein), who is in charge of a room where artists perform every night and who sees in it a diamond to be polished.
House of Cards fans remember Brosnahan well for her role as Rose, a prostitute who was used by one of Frank Underwood's advisers (Kevin Spacey). In addition, this actress born in 1990 in Milwaukee (Wisconsin) has participated in other series such as The Blacklist or Crisis in Six Scenes , the comedy that Woody Allen signed for television, and in films such as Love is stronger than the bombs , The hour decisive or Patriot Day .
You only have to look at the credits to realize that the details have been very carefully in this production. As for the soundtrack, you can find songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra , The Mills Brothers, Louis Armstrong or Barbra Streisand. And, if we talk about costumes, this series from Amazon Studios shot entirely in New York stands out for the colorful creations that the protagonist wears and that have been designed by Donna Zakowska, a costume designer (John Adams series) whose work has been awarded with an Emmy. Bill Grom ( Boardwalk Empire series , Vinyl ) is the art director.
The release that Midge Maisel experiences when she assimilates that her husband has left her after falling in love with her secretary is the first blow of effect that offers a story in which the female characters have a prominent presence . In the #MeToo era , this series has been lauded for its bravery in tackling the problems many women suffered in the middle of the last century. Above all, when they were relegated to housework by their husbands, whom they had to adore despite their constant protests. Chapter by chapter, we see how Midge immediately connects with men thanks to her great sense of humor and an empathy that makes her emerge gracefully from difficult moments such as the arrests she suffers after being accused of a public scandal.
HUMOR WITH A LOT OF RHYTHM
As soon as the series begins, we see Midge grab a microphone at her wedding banquet and drop some depth charges in the form of jokes that surprise the audience, mostly Jews. And in that first chapter we also attended the christening on the stage of the protagonist when she manages to get smiles from the public present in a night room. Those two moments are just the prelude to countless performances, in which Madame Maisel brings out aspects of her private life without shame, including more than a taunt on the Jews and their customs. One of the virtues of the series is that the 50-minute chapters are made very short. Seasons 1 and 3 include 8 episodes, while the second has 10.
Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of the series, has recognized that Mrs. Maisel's character is inspired by comics like Joan Rivers and Totie Fields. But we must not forget about the secondary ones that surround the protagonist. Sherman-Palladino, who triumphed with The Gilmore Girls at the beginning of the century and had previously worked in Roseanne , has achieved that Alex Borstein , eternal secondary in a host of series such as Slacker Cats or Shameless , has become a well-known face thanks to her role as Susie, the discoverer of the talent that the protagonist treasures. Michael Zegen, who plays Midge's ex-husband Joel, also had a long history ( The Walking Dead and Boardwalk Empire series ) behind him, as did the actors in charge of giving life to Midge's parents: Marin Hinkle (seen in movies like I Am Sam and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ), who steps into the shoes of neurotic Rose and Tony Shalhoub ( Men in Black II , Monk series ) as the irascible Abe. Nor should we forget Kevin Pollak ( Usual Suspects ) as Moishe, Joel's father.
At the 2018 Emmy Awards, when the attention was focused on Game of Thrones , another series stood out until it almost took away the limelight . That night, The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel made history with her first season by earning 8 awards: Best Comedy Series, Leading Comedy Actress (Rachel Brosnahan), Supporting Comedy Actress (Alex Borstein), Comedy Direction, Comedy Script, Cast for Comedy, Editing and Music Supervision. A year later, the second season was rewarded with eight other awards. At the Golden Globes, the series won in 2018 in the category of Best Comedy and Rachel Brosnahan won the award for Best Actress in Comedy or Musical. A year later, in 2019, Brosnahan would repeat in the category of Best Actress.
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