Making a case for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at the Golden Globes


The Golden Globes air on Sunday and I believe The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel deserves a few awards for its second season.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is still riding high from a solid and successful second season. Released just about a month ago, the Amazon Prime comedic series is still receiving acclaim from both critics and viewers alike.

But does this season and the stars of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel deserve all the hardware that comes with a fantastic television show?

Absolutely. Here’s why.

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The show is so much more than a show about a female comedian. We’re not watching a bunch of stand-up routines. Sure, the stand-up is hilarious, but that only makes up about 10 percent of the show.

The rest of the show is funny, too. It also has engaging storylines, interesting characters, at times, drama, and a whole lot of heart. It also has BRILLIANT writing and whimsical production quality. And it’s hard to keep that up after having done it so successfully in its inaugural season.

But the gang turned out a second season of more of the same, only with more depth and more complexity that only intensified, especially in the back half of the season.

Stacked up next to its fellow nominees (Barry, The Good Place, The Kominsky Method, and Kidding – all shows I watch), Maisel wins the Golden Globe for Best Television Series, Comedy because it’s an all-around, fully-formed comedy.

Again, the actors in Maisel literally bring the show to life and I believe had anyone been cast as Midge Maisel, the show wouldn’t work. It makes last year’s Best Actress, Comedy winner, Rachel Brosnahan, a worthy winner.

I believe Brosnahan’s chances of winning this time around are smaller given the field: Kristen Bell for The Good Place, Candice Bergen for Murphy Brown, Alison Brie for GLOW, and Debra Messing for Will & Grace. Specifically, Bell and Brie may give her the biggest challenge. And the Hollywood Foreign Press loves Bergen.

Alex Borstein, who plays Susie Myerson, received her first Golden Globe nomination this year. But unfortunately, she’s up against supporting actresses in dramas and limited series. Pitting comedic and dramatic performances against each other isn’t always cut and dry. In fact, Borstein is the sole comedic actress nominated in the category, up against Patricia Clarkson for Sharp Objects, Penélope Cruz for The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Thandie Newton for Westworld, and Yvonne Strahovski for The Handmaid’s Tale.

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Borstein is still a frontrunner and deserves to win because she’s the only person who can deliver one-liners better than Midge.

All shall be revealed on the 76th Golden Globes, Sunday, January 6 at 8 p.m. on NBC.