***POTENITAL SPOILERS AHEAD***
I’m going to try my very hardest not to give away any spoilers but my obsession with this programme can not be contained any longer….
Set in New York in the 50’s, a Jewish (it’s important to the story ok) housewife continuously supports her husband with his dream to be a stand up comedian. One day, after completely bombing on stage, he confesses that he is leaving her for his secretary.
Obviously very confused and very upset, Midge questions her husband but he is adamant he is leaving. So she does the one thing anyone would do in this situation – gets drunk!
Whilst very intoxicated, Midge goes downtown to the comedy club she often goes to with her now ex-husband Joel where he usually preforms his comedy act, but gets up on stage herself, and low and behold… she’s a natural!
My First Thoughts
After seeing it advertised on TV I just knew I had to watch it, the only problem is that its an Amazon Prime Exclusive.
For some reason, I had in my head that Amazon Prime was £80/month (Only because my mum accidentally signed up when it first started and was charged this for 3 months before realising and cancelling it) so I would never have signed up.
One day, purely because I had nothing else to watch, I got myself a free trial for Prime so that I could watch the programme, before cancelling the trail. In fairness, I thought it would be a little longer than 8 episodes so I wasn’t quite expecting to watch the entire thing in the space of a month.
The first episode – although very funny – is a little slow. Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand the importance of it, it introduces you to all of the characters and acts like a bit of a back story to show how Midge gets into comedy, but if you’re thinking the comedy will be instant from the get go, you’ll be disappointed.
Whenever suggesting the show to people, I always suggest they ride out the first episode, watch it because you have to, and trust me when I say it will be worth it.
Why I Love It So Much
I always say I was born in the wrong decade. I truly believe I was meant to be in a time when women stayed at home to look after the children (although you’ll soon realise Midge doesn’t do very much of this), while the men go out to work. I absolutely love anything based in the 50’s so straight away I was hooked.
It wasn’t till I got into it more and noticed I was in stiches more often than not. I knew it was going to be a series I loved.
As you go through the episodes and seasons, the jokes get funnier, the storylines get juicer and the character development is even better. It’s one of those shows where you feel as though the family are your own and you can’t help but love them all.
Why I Think You Should Watch It
There’s something in the series for everyone, a character everyone can relate to, and someone you know all too well. They really made sure there was a bit of everything, those people that every family has.
Although some of the jokes and scenes are a little rude at times, it adds more comedy.
The kind of vibe I get with the pace of the programme is it’s a little like Gilmore Girls, probably because it’s written by the same person, Amy Sherman-Paladino. I think this probably influenced me to watch it a little more because of my love for Gilmore Girls and I’m glad I did!
It’s not one of those programmes you have to really concentrate with, its an easy, lighthearted watch for all to enjoy (just maybe not with kids).
If you have watched it, I’d love to hear your opinion in the comments!! And if you have any other series you’d recommend I’d very much like to hear them also!!