How to Watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
A new season of Prime Video’s acclaimed The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is coming Friday, Feb. 18—here’s how you can see the series.
Set in late-’50s New York City, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a Prime Video original comedy-drama that premiered in 2017. Over its three seasons, the series has won more than 50 awards, including several Emmys and Golden Globes. A delayed eight-episode fourth season is finally set to premiere on Friday, Feb. 18, with two new episodes being released weekly through March 11.
The story: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s title character, Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), is a content Manhattan housewife with no career aspirations. After learning her failed comedian husband has had an affair, she angrily downs a few too many drinks and performs an impromptu stand-up set of her own at a local comedy club to spite him.
But then Midge’s drunken rage becomes a revelation: Her confessional, if raw, style goes over big with the crowd, inspiring her to become a comedian herself—a bold and difficult move for a woman in the 1950s, and her family will not be on board with it (when they find out, that is).
Thanks to series creator/writer Amy Sherman-Palladino (Gilmore Girls), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a fizzy, fast-paced comedy full of rapid-fire dialogue, appealing characters, and knockout period set design and costuming (Midge has more outfits than could realistically fit in a Manhattan apartment). But the show doesn’t shy away from heavy dramatic moments and commentary on 1950s classism, sexism, and racism.
How to watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is available only on Prime Video, with three seasons (26 one-hour episodes) currently streaming. If you’re already an Amazon Prime member or subscribe to Prime Video as a standalone streaming service, you can watch the entire series for free.
Amazon Prime Video plans and pricing
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Between the two, we prefer the Prime Video with Amazon Prime membership plan, as it gives you access to Prime Video and the Amazon online shopping experience (free shipping) for only a few dollars more.
Final take: Catch up with Mrs. Maisel
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is one of Prime Video’s most popular and instantly identifiable original series, and with good reason: it’s a quick-tongued, colorful blast of 1950s nostalgia that reflects many cultural issues modern America still faces, and Rachel Brosnahan is a comedic/dramatic force of nature.
But that’s not to sleep on the supporting cast: Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle, Kevin Pollack, and Jane Lynch round out a fantastic ensemble, and they have the shelves of awards to prove it. Even the series’s “real-life” period-specific character, controversial comic Lenny Bruce (played by Luke Kirby), comes off as a genuine person rather than a historical gimmick.
Despite its funny, glossy trappings, though, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel probably isn’t for the whole family. Explicit language and nudity (after giving her first stand-up audience an eyeful, Midge is arrested for indecent exposure) are sprinkled throughout the show, which would earn it TV-MA status if it were rated (it’s not).
CableTV.com’s take: We’d highly recommend streaming The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s three current seasons before the fourth premieres Friday, Feb. 18—set up a TV tray and get to it.