THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, Final Season – Review by Susan Granger

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Are you ready for the fifth and final season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel?

If you haven’t been watching, this witty, wisecracking dramedy revolves around a bright ‘n’ beautiful Manhattan wife and mother, Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), who, after discovering her husband Joel (Michael Zegen) cheating, marches into an East Village comedy club, grabs the microphone and electrifies the audience with an impromptu rant.

Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino with her husband, Daniel Palladino, the concept profiles a Jewish woman who thinks she ‘has it all’ by 1950 standards only to discover she’s one helluva comedian.

It became the first TV show on a streaming platform to win an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series; subsequent seasons amassed 66 Emmy nominations with 20 wins.

Battling rival Sophie Lennon (Jane Lynch) and boosted by Lenny Bruce (Luke Kirby), the first four seasons chronicle Midge’s journey as she pursues a career in the male-dominated stand-up comedy profession, aided by her intrepid manager, Susie Meyerson (Alex Borstein). In a flash-forward segment, it becomes obvious that Susie also becomes a major player – being ‘roasted’ at the famed Friars Club.

There was a major cultural shift for women and families during the 1950s and 1960s. While Midge is still living on the Upper West Side with her two young children and neurotic parents, Abe and Rose Weissman (Tony Shaloub, Marin Hinkle), she lands a job as a writer for a late-night TV talk show.

“Midge was like a female Lenny Bruce in the sense that she’s stream-of-consciousness and talking about her day-to-day,” explains Alex Borstein. “She’s extremely forward-thinking as a divorced woman raising kids.”

Tying up the plot’s loose strands in the last episodes, it become obvious that resilient Mrs. Maisel has hit the ‘big-time’ – but what does that really mean – for her and those around her? What are the consequences of her choices? And what has she sacrificed?

On the Granger Gauge of 1 to 10, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season Five is an insightful, unabashedly poignant 8 – streaming on Fridays on Prime Video.

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Susan Granger

Susan Granger is a product of Hollywood. Her natural father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a director and producer at R.K.O., M.G.M. and Columbia Pictures; her adoptive father, Armand Deutsch, produced movies at M.G.M. As a child, Susan appeared in movies with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Margaret O'Brien and Lassie. She attended Mills College in California, studying journalism with Pierre Salinger, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Phi Beta Kappa, with highest honors in journalism. During her adult life, Susan has been on radio and television as an anchorwoman and movie/drama critic. Her newspaper reviews have been syndicated around the world, and she has appeared on American Movie Classics cable television. In addition, her celebrity interviews and articles have been published in REDBOOK, PLAYBOY, FAMILY CIRCLE, COSMOPOLITAN, WORKING WOMAN and THE NEW YORK TIMES, as well as in PARIS MATCH, ELLE, HELLO, CARIBBEAN WORLD, ISLAND LIFE, MACO DESTINATIONS, NEWS LIMITED NEWSPAPERS (Australia), UK DAILY MAIL, UK SUNDAY MIRROR, DS (France), LA REPUBBLICA (Italy), BUNTE (Germany), VIP TRAVELLER (Krisworld) and many other international publications through SSG Syndicate. Susan also lectures on the "Magic and Mythology of Hollywood" and "Don't Take It Personally: Conquering Criticism and other Survival Skills," originally published on tape by Dove Audio.