The hit show featuring everyone’s favorite powerhouse Jewish comedian is back. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 5 is the bittersweet final season of the series. Thankfully, the fast-talking, lovable cast is in excellent form and does not miss a beat.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is one of those shows that comes around when you least expect it and sweeps you off your feet. The show follows Miriam Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), who is seemingly satisfied with her typical life in the 1950s. She is a wife and mother who cooks delicious briskets and supports her husband, Joel, who is a hopeful stand-up comedian. One night, Joel suddenly leaves Midge for his secretary. Midge then makes a decision that changes the course of her life.
I was hooked after the pilot episode. As a Gilmore Girls super-fan, I was initially intrigued by the quippy dialogue quintessential to an Amy Sherman-Palladino/Dan Palladino project. Ultimately, I fell in love with the story of a woman who loses everything, but then takes charge of her life and breaks through impenetrable barriers.
“That’s life. S*** happens. You should be a bigger man and just let it go. Well I’m a woman, so f*** that.”Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 5 is a hit
Arguably, Prime Video is currently shining as a streaming service, with hit shows like The Boys, The Summer I Turned Pretty, and Daisy Jones & the Six. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel paved the way for these successful shows. When announced that season five would be the final season, I was nervous to see whether the ending would wrap up the series satisfyingly. Fortunately, it sticks the landing.
After reaching a low point in season four on her journey to becoming a famous comedian, season five finds Midge Maisel picking up the pieces and closing in on success. Midge and her plucky manager Susie Myerson (Alex Borstein) have found a rhythm, and their dynamic of completely different but complementing personalities shines. Whether Susie is trying to get Midge out of trouble, or they are having a disagreement, their witty banter is always hilarious.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 5 does not forgo what makes the first four seasons special—namely, the clever writing and insane chemistry between the cast. It starts off with a bang and some jaw-dropping moments, and continues to tell a story that both ties in previous storylines, while creating new dilemmas.
The cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 5 stand out
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 5 has a riveting storyline and an immaculate setting, but the major standouts are the characters. The best moments come from scenes where the Maisels and the Weissmans gather for family brunch and holidays. The banter between the families harbors comedic excellence; more importantly, though, their dynamic reminds me of my own Jewish family.
Most of the series regulars reprise their roles, including Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel, Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson, Michael Zegen as Joel Maisel, Marin Hinkle as Rose Weissman, and Tony Shalhoub as Abe Weissman. Brosnahan and Borstein give phenomenal performances this season, acting with raw passion and showing the full emotional depth of each character. Fans will appreciate the deeper exploration of Susie’s and Midge’s emotional sides—be sure to get out the tissues.
Tony Shalhoub is an unexpected standout in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel season 5. His storyline and hilarious one-liners have always been a fan favorite, but the growth we see in the final season is a nice change of pace and a treat to watch.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is unapologetically Jewish
Being Jewish, it is important to me that the Jewish community is properly represented in mainstream media. There are Jewish characters and shows, sure. But a lot of the characters I grew up watching are reduced to stereotypes—or their Judaism is an afterthought. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is different.
Representation in media is essential, and while there are meaningful discussions that take place regarding representation in fandoms, proper Jewish representation sometimes gets overlooked.
There is certainly a conversation to be had about the trend of casting non-Jewish actors to play Jewish characters, however, at its core, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel features characters who don’t just happen to be Jewish— they are unapologetically Jewish. They don’t fall into antisemitic tropes, they are not portrayed solely as villains, and the show features more than an off-hand comment by a character about Hanukkah. I appreciate watching characters I love consistently visit synagogue and celebrate holidays such as Yom Kippur.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 5 continues to feature the same unapologetic Jewishness that I love about the first four seasons.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 5 perfectly wraps Midge’s story
The first four seasons of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel take Midge on a wild journey that sees her succeed and fail. She is not a perfect character—she hurts people along the way and sacrifices a lot to chase her dreams. As sad as I am to see this show end, I respect when creators end their shows on their own terms. Season five provides the culmination of Midge’s journey to fame and weaves in themes detailing her rise to the top and how it affects her loved ones.
This season is ambitious and takes storytelling risks, some of which land while others don’t. But as is the case with previous seasons, audiences can expect fantastic performances, loads of laughs, and emotional moments that’ll leave you in tears. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 5 is sure to be a fitting end to a meaningful story.
The first three episodes of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 5 release on Prime Video on April 14. Follow the Agents of Fandom on socials for the latest Prime Video news.
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- Hilarious banter between the main characters
- Fantastic performances from the cast
- Risky storytelling pays off
- I don't want this show to end!