First, the adjective in the title of the Amy Sherman-Palladino-created series is more than apt, and the Beat Generation-set dramedy starring Rachel Brosnahan is well worth a binge. Second, what was Jeff Bezos’ streaming service thinking scheduling Mrs. Maisel for next week? As I say in my video review above, I know Spike Lee’s excellent She’s Gotta Have It is debuting on Thanksgiving on Netflix. However, if any other show had food coma relief baked into it, it would be this firecracker. I mean, even the great Lenny Bruce (as portrayed by Luke Kirby) makes an appearance, and that’s almost never a bad thing.
Timing aside, Mrs, Maisel is just so many variations on delightful, which may be why Amazon picked it up for two seasons right off the bat. With elements that Gilmore Girls fans will enjoy, the series co-starring Alex Borstein, Michael Zegan, Marin Hinkle and Tony Shalhoub is also exactly the kind of offbeat and smart show Amazon does so well, like with Transparent, Patriot and One Mississippi.
In that sense, Mrs. Maisel is similar to Netflix’s rather fantastically focused yet wide-ranging Godless, which debuted today. That limited series Western created by Scott Frank and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh features Jack O’Connell, Jeff Daniels and Downton Abbey alum Michelle Dockery, the latter a gun-wielding widow in a besieged 1880s mining town run by women. What these two very watchable shows share are plenty of surprises and the welcomed tendency to spin the viewer around narratively, constantly redirecting where you should be putting your attention.
So, check out my video review of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and see what you should order for holiday dessert next week. And give the seven-episode Godless a look today, too. Happy Thanksgiving!