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Mrs. Maisel Isn't Just Marvelous, She's A Wonder

The Emmy winning series is finally back for its 4th season

Fans of the Prime Video series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel have been waiting a long time for new episodes. But now that they're finally here, I can assure you, it was worth the wait.


Season 4 Is Streaming Now On Prime Video

Any time I get invited to interview the cast of a tv series or movie, I feel incredibly privileged. But when it's the cast of a show I truly love, I'm no longer a journalist, I'm a fan geeking out.

That's how I felt when I got to chat with Rachel Brosnahan, Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub and Kevin Pollak about the brand new 4th season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Rachel, Alex and Tony have all won Emmys for their performances on the show. And they may likely do so again, for this new season.

Mrs. Maisel isn't just a tv show. It is an event. Every episode has the production value of a feature film, cross-bred with a broadway musical spectacular. From the music, to the sets, costumes, vintage cars, locations and of course that brilliant Amy Sherman Palladino dialogue. I don't know how they pull this off, but each episode is a miracle.

In preparation for my interviews, I got to watch advance screeners of the first two episodes of season 4. While watching episode 1 something happened, that blew my mind beyond the usual brilliance of this series. The episode is titled: Rumble On The Wonder Wheel. The Wonder Wheel, of course, is the iconic ferris wheel at Brooklyn's Coney Island. Many a film and tv show has been set there. But none quite like this.

Imagine using a ferris wheel, in motion, as the setting for an argument between a large extended family? Each family member riding in their own compartment. Who could or would pull something like this off? Only the brilliant writing of Amy Sherman Palladino and only the brilliant cast of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

It is, without a doubt, the funniest scene I have ever watched in all my years of binging television. You will laugh, you will cry, you will crave a funnel cake (you'll have to watch to get that last reference). And if someone doesn't give Caroline Aaron an Emmy award for her performance, there is no justice.

When I asked Rachel and Kevin about this scene during my interviews with them, they both lit up and thanked me for bringing it up. They were like kids, giddy to share this fun secret they had been sitting on for months. Rachel told me she had a phone full of photos she had taken during the shooting of this episode. Believe it or not, they filmed most of it on a soundstage, but the editing and visual effects will make you feel like you're in Brooklyn, in the early 1960's.

But the Wonder Wheel scene is only the beginning of this wonderful new season. We'll see guest stars like Jane Lynch, David Paymer, Jason Alexander and Christopher Eigeman (a reunion for the Gilmore Girls actor and creator). We'll see new romances, old romances, new jobs, old apartments, and new trails being blazed for women in show business.

There are tv shows and then there are tv gems like this series. Amazon announced yesterday, that next season (season 5) will be the final one for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Let's appreciate it while we still can. And enjoy the wonder of it all.


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