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On a whim I have rewatched Season 1 of The Amazing Mrs. Maisel over the past few days. It was at lest as much fun this time as it was the first. One of the main reasons I find the show so appealing is that Midge and her contemporaries were about the same age as my wife and I were at the time. Also, American professional class values of that era were pretty similar, regardless of location. Midge's mother tickles me to death and in some ways reminded me of my own. I admit, though, that none of my contemporaries ever opined in my presence that Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were innocent.
From the remove of the 21st Century, watching the persecution of dirty talking comedians, like the real Lenny Bruce and the fictional Midge Maisel, by overzealous police officers, prosecutors, and judges was unsettling.
The music in the show is almost as much fun as the writing. It always heightens the drama. For example, I was moved by Barbra Streisand's wonderful but sad down tempo performance of Happy Days Are Here Again, while the recently separated Midge is remembering happier times with her husband. The show is riotously funny but not infrequently melancholy too.
We are supposed to get a ten episode second season this year but so far as I know no exact start date has been announced. I await its arrival with bated breath!
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