Is Mrs. Maisel based on a true story?

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a wonderfully hilarious series on Prime Video. Is it based on a true story? Here’s what we know about the inspiration behind the series.

Sometimes, a storyline just seems too good not to be true. Fictional stories tend to draw inspiration from true stories. However, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel isn’t based on someone called Midge Maisel.

The character is completely fictional. Her individual story is fictional. That doesn’t mean there isn’t some real inspiration behind some of the storylines. Nor does it mean that none of the other characters aren’t real people.

Inspirations for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Midge is her own character. She is completely made up, but she is inspired by a number of comedians and not just female ones. Amy Sherman-Palladino, the creator of the series, has shared that one of the inspirations is her own father, Don Sherman, according to Digital Trends.

However, the biggest inspiration is Joan Rivers. Like Midge, Joan got her comedy career started in the 1950s at the Gaslight Cafe. Rivers is also a Jew and a New Yorker, two identities of Midge.

There’s a bigger connection between Rivers and Midge. It’s all about Lenny Bruce. Yes, Lenny Bruce was a real comedian, and Rivers has often said that he helped her get her career started. We’ve seen him support Midge throughout the series.

A story many of us can relate to

Something that I love about Mrs. Maisel is the way that it’s a story we can all relate to. Even in today’s world, we can appreciate the fight Midge has for her career. The 21st century isn’t that far away from the 1950s, especially when you factor in a pandemic. Yes, women do have it better and easier, but there are still plenty of people trying to prevent us from closing that gender pay gap.

Midge is a woman who figures out who she is after the end of her marriage. Instead of begging her husband to take her back, she stands up on her own two feet and figures out what she’s going to do next. She works through the heartbreak and anger and figures out that she has a knack for something that her ex-husband wished he could do. We get to see her find her passion and succeed as a strong single woman, making it clear that we really don’t need a man.

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4 premieres on Prime Video on Feb. 18.