'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Has Answered My Prayers

'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Has Answered My Prayers

Just a little Jewish girl watching a strong Jewish woman find her strength through comedy

All of my loved ones know that I’m a big television buff. I love to snuggle up in bed, watch my shows and laugh my ass off. If you are not in the know, the Winter Olympics are currently taking over television. My shows aren't on for three weeks! How am I suppose to cope?! I'm truly struggling

I’m big on dramas such as Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder. All of which are affected by the Olympics (cue the side eye emoji). Other shows I love are 9-1-1, The Resident, The OC, Gossip girl and all of the Chicago shows and spin-offs (which I cannot find anywhere to watch, and it kills me).

My favorite kind of shows, however, are obviously comedic ones. I told you I love to laugh my ass off. A few of my favorites are The Mindy Project, Parks and Rec, The Good Place and Scrubs. I guarantee you, if you get through the first few episodes and find a groove, you will be laughing harder than ever before.

There’s a mourning period I go through after every series that I watch. I swear there must be an actual vocabulary term that describes that feeling. It's one of the worst feelings in the world. It's like I’m in limbo, searching for something. I feel a bit empty; I’m not going to lie. When I’m in-between shows, you will constantly hear me asking what show I should watch next. I’m going through that period right now, and it is truly a first-world struggle.

I love television, and I have fairly little complaints other than the lack of Jewishness seen in some of my favorite shows. It is basically the reason I love The OC so much. Sandy and Seth Cohen get me good. So, when my parents began raving about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, I was ecstatic.

I love being able to relate to a family on the screen that has similar terminology that I’ve grown up with as a result of my heritage. Being Jewish is extremely important to me. So, when I see Judaism being represented on television shows that I would be able to relate to makes me excited beyond belief.

Anyway, for those of you not in the know, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is about a Jewish housewife, Midge Maisel, in the 1950s. Rachel Brosnahan nails the role of Mrs. Maisel.

In the first episode, she is left by her cheating husband and ends up finding love in stand-up comedy. The show currently has a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, has won two golden globes and receives an immense amount of praise and nominations. The show was created by the creator of Gilmore Girls, Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Honestly, there is nothing bad about it, except the frustrating and hilarious quirks of Jewish parents in the 1950s...and now (gotta love em). I could go on and on, but I don’t want to give anything away. Just do yourself a favor, log onto Amazon and watch the show. You can thank me later.

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11 Things Psychology Majors Hear That Drive Them Crazy

No pun intended.

We've all been there. You're talking to a new acquaintance, or a friend of your parents, or whoever. And then, you get the dreaded question.

"So what are you studying in school?"

Cue the instant regret of picking Psychology as your major, solely for the fact that you are 99.9% likely to receive one of the slightly comical, slightly cliche, slightly annoying phrases listed below. Don't worry though, I've included some responses for you to use next time this comes up in conversation. Because it will.

Quick side note, these are all real-life remarks that I've gotten when I told people I was a psych major.

Here we go.

1. So are you, like, analyzing me right now?

Well, I wasn't. But yeah. Now I am.

2. Ugh so jealous! You picked the easy major.

"Lol" is all I have to say to this one. I'm gonna go write my 15-page paper on cognitive impairment. You have fun with your five college algebra problems, though!

3. So can you tell me what you think is wrong with me? *Shares entire life story*

Don't get me wrong; I love listening and helping people get through hard times. But we can save the story about how one time that one friend said that one slightly rude comment to you for later.

4. Well, s**t, I have to be careful what I say around you.

Relax, pal. I couldn't diagnose and/or institutionalize you even if I wanted to.

5. OMG! I have the perfect first client for you! *Proceeds to vent about ex-boyfriend or girlfriend*

Possible good response: simply nod your head the entire time, while actually secretly thinking about the Ben and Jerry's carton you're going to go home and demolish after this conversation ends.

6. So you must kind of be like, secretly insane or something to be into Psychology.

Option one: try and hide that you're offended. Option two: just go with it, throw a full-blown tantrum, and scare off this individual, thereby ending this painful conversation.

7. Oh. So you want to be a shrink?

First off, please. Stop. Calling. Therapists. Shrinks. Second, that's not a psych major's one and only job option.

8. You know you have to go to grad school if you ever want a job in Psychology.

Not completely true, for the record. But I am fully aware that I may have to spend up to seven more years of my life in school. Thanks for the friendly reminder.

9. So you... want to work with like... psychopaths?

Let's get serious and completely not-sarcastic for a second. First off, I take personal offense to this one. Having a mental illness does not classify you as a psycho, or not normal, or not deserving of being treated just like anyone else on the planet. Please stop using a handful of umbrella terms to label millions of wonderful individuals. It's not cool and not appreciated.

10. So can you, like, read my mind?

It actually might be fun to say yes to this one. Try it out and see what happens. Get back to me.

11. You must be a really emotional person to want to work in Psychology.

Psychology is more than about feeling happy, or sad, or angry. Psychology is about understanding the most complex thing to ever happen to us: our brain. How it works the way it does, why it works the way it does, and how we can better understand and communicate with this incredibly mysterious, incredibly vast organ in our tiny little skull. That's what psychology is.

So keep your head up, psychology majors, and don't let anyone discourage you about choosing, what is in my opinion, the coolest career field out there. The world needs more people like us.

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