'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel': Why is Midge's family against her comedy career?
A detailed overview of why Mrs Maisel had no support whatsoever from her family regarding her choice of career
Ever since we first came across a rather shy Midge Maisel from her basement comedy club in Greenwich Village, the woman has come a long way on Amazon Prime's 'The Marvelous Mrs Maisel'. With the fourth installment of the series coming soon, Midge as well as her entire family have gone through some serious transformations.
One of the main reasons why Midge's family is hesitant and not supportive of her career could be found in their family name and fame. The Maisels reside in the Upper West Side, a rather posh and elite neighborhood. Having said that, through each season of the series, the characters have slowly broken out of their comfort zones and high-class lives.
During the first season, Midge tried hard to hide her new gig as a standup comedian, all whilst attempting to continue living her high-class, highly controlled life on the Upper West Side.
The second season focused on the history of Jewish standup comedy in the Catskills; this was when Midge’s family spent their summer at a resort. Ironically, this was also the time Midge's family was taken aback after she went public about her comedy career.
However, none of that fallout caused as big an impact as what transpired in Season 3. Midge’s father, Abe, left his tenured job at Columbia, forcing her parents to leave their lavish apartment and eventually move in with Midge’s former in-laws, Moishe and Shirley, in Queens. This was sure to have hurt many sentiments, egos, and feelings.
Since her parents are genuinely frustrated by their inability to maintain their former, rich lifestyle, they spend the rest of the season struggling to figure out what they truly want from their lives. While Abe took to making something from his writing talent for newspapers, Rose tried her best to retain relevance within their old social circles by taking on the job of a matchmaker.
The star protagonist, Midge, starts strong and even performs with the famous singer, Shy Baldwin, for the opening act of his show in Las Vegas. Susie, on the other hand, ecstatic about her success with Midge, also takes on Midge’s rival, Sophie Lennon, as a client. Sophie needs a manager as devoted as Susie has been to Midge, and wants her help to get out of comedy and delve into the theater.
Unfortunately, success isn't final. Midge soon finds herself scrambling for work after Shy gets beaten up and his show is shut down all of a sudden. In addition, Susie develops a serious gambling problem and loses all of Midge’s hard-earned income.
Just when she's got her life under control, Midge almost reveals Shy's hidden sexuality during an opening act. This costs her job and she's back to square one. Did her parents predict this? Perhaps.
However, quitting isn't in Midge's dictionary. In the trailer, we see bits and pieces of her fretting and fuming rather harshly. She so badly wanted to become a star that she just about might lose everything to get to the spotlight.
What awaits Midge in the new season? Stay tuned to find out!
Season 4 of 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' releases on February 18, 2022, on Amazon Prime.