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Do Jewish caricatures go too far in ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’?

Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson and Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel in Amazon's
Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson and Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel in Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"
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On Sunday, Rachel Brosnahan took home a Golden Globe for her role in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Brosnahan plays Miriam “Midge” Maisel, a Jewish comedian in late 1950s Manhattan when women were near invisible in the world of stand-up.

But while the Amazon show (now in its second season) has received critical praise, a number of Jewish viewers say the comedy gets Jewish culture completely wrong.

Paul Brownfield wrote in the Los Angeles Times that the comedy “fails to grapple with the realities of the moment in Jewish American history it portrays” and its tone is but of “the shtick, the stereotypes, the comforting self-parody.”

But the world of comedy is full of stereotypes and caricatures of all backgrounds. If you’re of Jewish descent and have watched the series, what were your reactions? Are comedies obligated to be culturally accurate all the time? We want to hear your thoughts. Call us at 866-893-5722 or comment below.


Paul Brownfield, magazine writer and former TV critic for the L.A. Times; he wrote the piece, “Shtick, stereotypes, and self-parody: How ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ gets Jewish culture wrong"

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