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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime)

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I've never seen a single moment of Gilmore Girls or Bunheads, so Amy Sherman-Palladino is a total blank for me.  But this show is absolutely wonderful.  If you want a definition of "star-making performance," just watch Rachel Brosnahan take the lead role by the throat and completely own it.  And Alex Borstein stands right there with her going toe-to-toe.  It's a show about stand-up comedy that actually has funny stand-up, it's a love letter to late '50s NYC (with a less cynical eye than Mad Men's look at the same era), and it makes some smart story choices (such as Midge's rise through the comedy ranks not being the effortless cakewalk a pure wish fulfillment show would have it be).  There are some great supporting performances from Tony Shalhoub, Kevin Pollack and Marin Hinkle, and Luke Kirby takes what could have been a clumsy cameo as Lenny Bruce and imbues it with some genuine personality.  The eight episodes just flew by, and the season ends on a note both bittersweet and triumphant (I've watched the finale twice now).  Can't recommend this highly enough.

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I've never watched Gilmore Girls but I did watch and love Bunheads (after it had been cancelled. That show was maybe two years too soon and definitely on the wrong channel), and I loved every second of this.

 

You've hit just about everything, but special mention has to go to just how stunningly shot the whole series is. I kind of gasped the first time we went to Abe's classroom.

 

I also really want to see the ventriloquist guy's whole act because I was laughing harder than Midge and Susie at that bit.

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I've never watched Gilmore Girls but I did watch and love Bunheads (after it had been cancelled. That show was maybe two years too soon and definitely on the wrong channel), and I loved every second of this.

 

You've hit just about everything, but special mention has to go to just how stunningly shot the whole series is. I kind of gasped the first time we went to Abe's classroom.

 

I also really want to see the ventriloquist guy's whole act because I was laughing harder than Midge and Susie at that bit.

 

Oh my god, yes.  I still don't know if that's a deliberate bit or if he's being serious.

 

And you're right, this looks GORGEOUS.  They're also nailing the music choices, even the swerves into anachronism they take over the end credits.

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Glad you posted this, I was curious about this series.

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We're two episodes in on this and, yeah, its great.  I could see its becoming something really special as the season progresses.

 

I hope Alex Borstein's character grows on me as the season goes.  I dunno, she feels the most like a "character" right now.  Its early so she's still sort of just an outfit and attitude.  I expect she'll grow on me as the season progresses and we get to know her better.

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They do some nice growth with her as the season goes on.

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Really enjoying this so far, I think 7 episodes in. It's very writer-ly, and the dialogue often sounds much more like a live play than a film (surely on purpose), but it's a ton of fun. Not sure I agree with Richard about the stand-up stuff actually being funny, but I know that's gotta be next to impossible to pull off properly. 

 

I find myself catching the occasional anachronous dialogue bits, too - "nerd alert", "perp walk", "livin' the dream", but that's being nitpicky. It's a star turn for Rachel Brosnahan, she's worthy of admission all by herself.

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I've been looking to pull the trigger on this if I can get my wife on board.
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This show is a joy from tip to stern. I'm biased, granted - I love Gilmore Girls, I'm a sucker for this period in NYC history (love the way they worked in Robert Moses) and fashion, and I work close to a lot of the Greenwich Village locations, and I've been a huge Rachel Brosnahan fan since House of Cards*. But I wasn't prepared for just how thoroughly charming it is, and so much of that comes from not just the dialogue, but the acting. This was the first time I'd been aware of Alex Borstein, but man, it is a joy to watch Tony Shaloub and Kevin Pollack share scenes together. We're about five episodes in, and this is already in my best TV of the year.

 

The stand-up stuff is fascinating to watch, too. I'm really enjoying the subtle way they're weaving in real-life comedians and history. The guy playing Lenny Bruce is amazing at how he's not doing a character. Perhaps it's because of the 50s Village setting, but I see a lot of similiarities with this and INSIDE LLWEYN DAVIS, which is a much sadder, but just as affectionate, work. 

 

Oh, and watch Gilmore Girls. It's worth it. 

 

*If you like her here, she's got tremendous range, which leads me to recommend MANHATTAN, which appeared on WGN and is one of the most underrated shows of the peak-tv era; Brosnahan plays a housewife dragged to the middle of nowhere as her husband works on the Manhattan Project, and, as a result of that isolation, discovers she's gay. It's low-key, nuanced work and the show around her is just as good. 

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