When you’re waiting for the next season of a series to come out, time seems to move slowly. Sure, there’s tons of content out there, but not everyone has access to every streaming platform, and how do you decide what’s worth your time? For fans of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, who have to wait until late 2019 for Season 3, we suggest checking out these other incredible Amazon originals.
Good Girls Revolt (2015-2016)
Though it’s set slightly after Mrs. Maisel in time, Good Girls Revolt is another period piece about women in New York fighting against the status quo. The series portrays the women of News of the Week, a newspaper in which, like so many others at the time, men were the only reporters. Women were relegated to the position of researcher — meaning they were doing most of the work but getting none of the credit.
Taking place in 1969 during the women’s liberation movement, several of the women band together to sue News of the Week. Sadly, the series was canceled after just one season, so we never found what happened to them — but fortunately, the real-life story on which it was based (of Newsweek) delivered a happy ending.
If you haven’t heard about Fleabag, the jumpsuit, and the hot priest, chances are you’re not on Twitter. Season 2 of this series from Phoebe Waller-Bridge (who provided the voice for L3-37 in Solo: A Star Wars Story) came out in 2019, and fans are both praising it and lamenting that it’s set to be the final one (despite years between airdates, Fleabag consists of just two six-episode seasons).
The series follows Waller-Bridge’s unnamed character as she navigates her personal and professional life after the death of her best friend. She frequently deals with her difficult family, consisting of her neurotic sister Claire, Claire’s crude American husband Martin, and their father and godmother (who is in a relationship with their father). And then there are the love interests… but you’ll have to tune in to find out more.
Transparent (2014-2017, movie pending)
If the culturally Jewish experience of Mrs. Maisel was up your alley, then Transparent might be a show you enjoy. The four-season series stars Jeffrey Tambor as Maura, a transgender woman whose late-in-life transition is a surprise to her three adult children. However, the Los Angeles-based family comes together to support each other through many ups and downs.
Transparent was initially set to end after five seasons. But after the sexual misconduct allegations against Tambor came to light, the final season was reworked into a movie musical. There’s no date yet for the film, but we do know that Tambor will not be involved.
Truthfully, Mrs. Maisel doesn’t have much in common with Catastrophe, but both are incredible in their own way. Catastrophe is a much less stylized series, following American advertising executive Rob Norris who hooks up with a London school teacher, Sharon Morris, while in town on business. As it turns out, she’s now pregnant, and they decide to try and make it work, despite being very different.
Like Mrs. Maisel, Catastrophe relies on comedic and poignant dialogue. The show’s leads (actually named Rob and Sharon) are also the writers and creators, and there’s an honesty to the characters that is rarely seen on TV. Also, Carrie Fisher had a recurring role in the first three seasons, her last before her death in 2017.