4 Shows to Watch If You Like ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’
Fear not, fans of the Emmy-winning hit series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! A new season is in production, and will likely be available this winter. However, if you need a show (or four) to pass the time until it returns, here are a few suggestions that we think you’ll enjoy.
Good Girls Revolt
Another Amazon Studios offering, Good Girls Revolt starred Genevieve Angelson (Flack), Anna Camp (Pitch Perfect franchise), and Erin Darke (who had a small role on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as Midge’s friend Mary at B. Altman) as researchers at fictitious publication News of the Week in the late ‘60s. The series is based on the book The Good Girls Revolt about the real-life events at Newsday during the time.
In the show, the women are tasked with researching (and, oftentimes, writing) the stories for the male journalists. After a young writer, Nora Ephron, shows them how unfair this is, they decide to fight back. Sadly, the series was treated poorly by Amazon; despite rave reviews, it was canceled after just one 10-episode season. Fortunately, it is still available for viewing with an Amazon Prime membership.
I’m Dying Up Here
If the stand-up comedy element of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is your favorite part, you’re definitely going to want to check out I’m Dying Up Here. The Showtime series stars Melissa Leo (The Fighter) as the owner of a comedy club, trying to make her mark in a very male-dominated industry.
Like Mrs. Maisel, I’m Dying Up Here is a period piece — it takes place in the mid-70s. It’s also based on a book about the real-life comedy scene during that time in Los Angeles, With Leo’s Goldie acting as the famed Mitzi Shore, founder of The Comedy Store. Get ready for lots of laughs and plenty of cameos from real stand-up comedians and other comedic actors. You can watch I’m Dying Up Here with a Showtime subscription.
Amy Sherman-Palladino finally won much-deserved Emmys for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, but it’s her first TV offering, Gilmore Girls, that she is best-known for. If you aren’t aware, Gilmore Girls is about a mom and daughter living in Connecticut. They’ve always scraped by on their own, but they turn back to mother Lorelai’s wealthy roots when it comes to daughter Rory’s education.
Though not a period piece, Gilmore Girls features the same fast-paced dialogue and gorgeous East Coast scenery as Mrs. Maisel. The show was a major hit on the WB (later the CW) for seven seasons. It then got a limited revival on Netflix, titled Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life, comprised of four movie-length episodes, in 2016. You can stream all of Gilmore Girls on Netflix.
Probably the series on this list most unlike The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is GLOW, a Netflix comedy about the beginning of televised women’s professional wrestling in the 1980s. However, the two shows do share quite a bit in common. They’re focused on women in a male-dominated facet of the entertainment industry, and they offer up plenty of opportunities for women to either support or fight against one another.
GLOW, which comes from the name of the events on which it was best, titled The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, stars Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, and several others as the women tasked with bringing this project to life. Marc Maron stars as Sam Sylvia, their director, and there are many other comedic actors in appearance. The first two seasons are available to watch now on Amazon. Season 3 is coming in August 2019.