Shows like 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' to add to your watch list
From 'Gilmore Girls' to 'Girls5Eva,' here are shows like 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' that you should binge next
Love all things Midge Maisel? If you're looking for more shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to add some pluck to your regular viewing habits, these series have all of the fashion sense (those Mrs. Maisel outfits spark serious closet inspo), female friendships and funny dialogue that you love about the Amazon original.
The series, which debuted its fourth season on Friday, February 18, follows the story of Miriam "Midge" Maisel, a 1950s New York housewife who accidentally becomes a professional stand-up comic.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is the brainchild of Amy Sherman-Palladino, who also created Gilmore Girls and Bunheads and was the first woman to win in the comedy writing and directing categories at the Primetime Emmy Awards. Naturally, if you're a fan of Maisel, you'll likely enjoy Sherman-Palladino's two other titles, and we think you'll get a kick out of these other binge-ready series, too.
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Shows like 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' to watch:
1. 'Gilmore Girls'
This one's a no-brainer: if you like spirited brunettes with quick wits and quicker mouths, you'll love Gilmore Girls, a seven-season charmer starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel as coffee-loving mother-daughter BFFs in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut. Streaming on: Netflix
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is no stranger to flamboyant musical numbers, and if it's more choreography you want from an Amy Sherman-Palladino outfit, this ballet-focused ABC Family series will give you just that. Broadway great Sutton Foster stars as a former Vegas showgirl who ends up in a small California town teaching ballet alongside her mother-in-law (Gilmore Girls' Kelly Bishop). Streaming on: Hulu
Female empowerment? Check. Fabulous retro costumes? Check. A backstage pass to showbiz drama? Check! Starring a standout female cast led by Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin, this three-season Netflix series (which initially was picked up for a fourth and final edition but, alas, COVID ruined things) tackles the wild world of 1980s women's professional wrestling. Streaming on: Netflix
4. 'Mad Men'
If even more midcentury lewks are what you're after, opt for one of the most fashionable TV shows to ever cross the small screen: Mad Men. Along with sparking serious sartorial envy, the period drama tells the story of Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Roger Sterling (John Slattery) and fellow New York City admen while they navigate the rapidly changing world of America in the 1960s. Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video
5. 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'
Like Sherman-Palladino's Maisel, this four-season musical dramedy, which ran on The CW from 2015 to 2019, is the creation of another Jewish female showrunner: Rachel Bloom. Along with creating, writing and directing the series, Bloom stars as Rebecca Bunch, a New York lawyer who relocates to California to pursue her summer camp ex-boyfriend. Fantastical song-and-dance numbers ensue. Streaming on: Netflix
A more modern take on standup comediennes, the HBO Max series stars an Emmy-winning Jean Smart as Deborah Vance, a legendary, Joan Rivers-esque stand-up comic that enlists the help of a young, sardonic comedy writer (Hannah Einbinder) to punch up her Las Vegas stage act and bring her old-school material into the 2020s. Streaming on: HBO Max
Another musical-comedy charmer, this Peacock series from Meredith Scardino centers on four women (Sara Bareilles, Busy Philipps, Paula Pell and Renée Elise Goldsberry) who made up the 2000s girl group Girls5Eva and are now planning a comeback. These tunes will get stuck in your head. Streaming on: Peacock
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