Episode Title: Pilot
Original Air Date: March 17, 2017
Episode Number: 1×01
It’s 1958 Manhattan and Miriam “Midge” Maisel has everything she’s ever wanted – the perfect husband, kids, and Upper West Side apartment. But when her life suddenly takes a turn and Midge must start over, she discovers a previously unknown talent – one that will take her all the way from the comedy clubs of Greenwich Village to a spot on Johnny Carson’s couch. From the creator of Gilmore Girls.
This is one of the pilots that Amazon is testing and I watched it because it has Rachel Brosnahan whom I have been a fan of since her House of Cards days and because I have heard quite a lot of great things about the pilot since it premiered a day before.
Rachel did not disappoint. She was winsome, funny, brilliant, has great comedic timing, and pulled off Amy Sherman-Palladino’s dialogue with aplomb. You can’t help but fall in love with Midge. Really great character in the making here and a lot of potential for Rachel to break out in a big way if Amazon orders this show to series.
Midge’s impromptu standup act was very funny and I loved that Suzie saw everything and is now looking to partner with Midge and get something started with her. I laughed when Midge went to Suzie’s apartment and it was so tiny that when Suzie pulled out her bed, the door wouldn’t open fully.
Joel was a loser and Midge will be better off without him. He and Penny Pan can go and enjoy their pathetic lives together.
Always great to see Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle so it was a blast seeing them play Midge’s parents.
I really hope Amazon does right and tells ASP to go ahead and write more episodes because they want to make a commitment to this show.
These lines cracked me up:
“Holy fucking Christ balls!”
“That’s a lot of health issues.”
“It’s easier to be happy when you’re pretty.”
“It’s downtown. If you have underwear on, you’re overdressed.”
“I don’t mind being alone. I just don’t want to be insignificant.”