Not since Mad Men
has a show both glamorized a time period and exposed its flaws. Amazon
's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel nails the vintage whimsy of the 1950s, from the jaunty music to Midge's marvelous outfits, full of A-line dresses, pencil skirts, and oh-so-many hats. However, while Midge's wardrobe and personality may be bursting with exuberant color, the decade she lives in seeks to pigeonhole her. By day she's the quintessential '50s housewife, but by night she's an ace comedian who performs in secret, largely out of fear for what her family and friends will think. Those around her also grapple with the disparity between their prescribed societal roles and their true identity.
The 1950s was definitely a decade that embraced labels. In this respect, it's similar to Harry Potter
's Hogwarts, the wizarding school that formally divides students based on personality and abilities. The Sorting Hat places