What’s an Upper West Side girl like you doing in a nightclub like this? If you’re The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, you are earning big laughs—and a bevy of awards. Now going into its fifth and sadly final season, Midge Maisel is ready to make it to the big time on her own terms when the new season premieres. Not caught up on the runaway streaming smash yet? Then stay tuned for a quick catch-up on what to know, why to watch, and where to get a fix before The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel takes its final bow.
- When Does Season 5 Premiere: Season 5 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel premieres on Friday, April 14.
- Where to Watch: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel streams on Prime Video.
- Where to Watch Past Seasons: Seasons 1 – 4 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel are on Prime Video.
How To Watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is an Amazon Studios production, meaning it’s currently only available through Amazon’s Prime Video service. However, that makes it free to all Amazon Prime subscribers to watch seasons 1 – 4 now. If you aren’t an Amazon Prime member yet, they offer a free 30-day trial, and then subscription options include:
- A video-only plan for $8.99 a month
- Monthly Amazon Prime rate of $12.99, including all Prime benefits
- Annual Amazon Prime rate of $119, including all Prime benefits
(Look for the small print, there are also discounted plans for students and members with valid EBT or Medicaid cards.)
Episodes can be streamed on the Amazon website or watched through any device that hosts the Amazon Video app, including Roku, Apple TV, Tivo, as well as smart TVs, gaming consoles, and mobile devices. Shows and movies can also be downloaded for offline viewing in-app.
Trailer for Season Five
All About The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
True confession: I first saw the pilot of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in March of 2017 on a cross-country flight. I downloaded it on impulse in the airport terminal, as I frequently load up my Prime Video app with a few options for long flights. Amazon had just that week released a handful of pilots for new fall shows. By the time I was done those 56 minutes, I was charmed, delighted—and devastated that I had to wait indefinitely for more Midge Maisel, played by the hilarious Rachel Brosnahan and the triumphant return of creator Amy Sherman-Palladino.
Before it even debuted that fall, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was picked up for two seasons, and it reached 94% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes in its first season. Three seasons later, it has racked up dozens of awards, including numerous Golden Globes and Primetime Emmy Awards, particularly for its strong ensemble cast, as Best Comedy Series, and of course for its stellar costume and production designs.
Rachel Brosnahan stars as Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a 26-year-old, Bryn Mawr-educated, Jewish wife and mother in late-1950s New York. Her picture-perfect life is everything she wanted until her less-than-perfect husband Joel (Michael Zegen) announces he’s been having an affair and walks out of their luxury apartment. Midge’s sudden spiral takes her to the stage of the Gaslight Café, where she discovers her own voice, to big laughs, and starts on a new path as a stand-up comic.
The show was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, who also writes and directs much of the series, and every episode is imbued with her trademark energy, wit, and patter, beloved by fans of Gilmore Girls and Bunheads. The creator says The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel was inspired by memories of her father, a standup comedian based in New York City, and her admiration for Joan Rivers and other early female comics.
In addition to the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel scored Sherman-Palladino Emmy awards for both Directing and Writing for a Comedy—and she made history as the first woman to take home both in its first season. Several acting Emmys have gone to Rachel Brosnahan and co-star Alex Borstein, who plays the tough-talking but big-hearted Susie Myerson, who spots Midge’s talent at the Gaslight Café and encourages her new career path. The show’s cast is an A-list of TV and film character actors, from guest stars Wallace Shawn and Jane Lynch, to Marin Hinkle, Kevin Pollack, and the ever-wonderful Tony Shaloub as Midge’s Columbia University professor father, Abe Weissman. Fan-favorite Zachary Levi (Chuck, Shazam) held a recurring role in season 2, and Luke Kirby, a regular guest star since the pilot as famed comedian Lenny Bruce, finally racked up an Emmy Award for the role.
The show has frequently been recognized for its marvelous wardrobe, which lights up the screen and is even sometimes a target for humor itself. The mileage that Susie gets out of the glossy, matchy perfection of Midge’s style and abundance of drool-worthy ensembles is priceless.
Since the beginning the show has chronicled Midge and Susie’s struggle against the male-dominated comedy world, and Midge’s own traditional gender-roles family upbringing. And while Midge isn’t always perfect–she is impulsive, and frequently clueless to some of the subteltees around her, a problem that got her booted from a dream gig and both her and Susie in hot water–at the end of the day, it is about a woman finding her own in a shifting world. As Brosnahan said in her first Emmy speech, “One of the things I love the most about this show…[is] that it’s about a woman who is finding her voice anew. It’s something that’s happening all over the country right now. One of the most important ways that we can find and use our voices is to vote.”
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