Alex Borstein

'Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' portrays a marvelously funny woman

Midge Maisel has everything she imagined as a New York City woman in 1958: perfect husband, two cute kids and a "classic six" apartment on Riverside Drive.

Then, by chance, Midge scratches an itch she never dreamed she had when she unleashes her robust comic sensibility on the stage of a Greenwich Village nightclub.

By then, her family life is in turmoil. All the better for fueling her fledgling stand-up career, which is pushed along by the gruff barmaid who hires herself to be Midge's manager.

This is the premise of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," a lush and delightful new comedy-drama from partners Amy Sherman-Palladino ("Gilmore Girls")...