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YMMV / The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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  • Award Snub: An odd case as the first season did spectacularly well at the Emmys, winning eight of its nine nominations. However, that single loss was for Tony Shalhoub, causing many to shout that he deserved it too.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Joel. While his character matures a lot over the course of the show and he becomes a much nicer and less insecure person overall, a substantial portion of the fanbase still dislikes him because of his cruel behavior toward Midge in the earliest episodes and his continued tendency to treat her with a certain degree of entitlement. Anxiety over the possibility of him ending up back together with Midge is likely also a factor, as a lot of viewers either prefer her with someone else or just would rather see Midge end the series single. On the other hand, he also has die-hard fans who are rooting for him and Midge to finally work things out.
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  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Midge/Susie and Midge/Lenny are both substantially more popular than the canon pairings of Midge with either Joel or Benjamin. The first is a Les Yay ship in a show with an ostensibly straight main character and no out-and-out LGBT representation; the second, due to one side being a Historical Domain Character, can safely be considered a permanently Anchored Ship.
  • Genius Bonus: In season 2, Midge gets recommended a therapist who "did wonders for Sylvia Plath." Plath would famously commit suicide in 1963.
  • Hollywood Pudgy: Susie, as played by the short and buxom Alex Borstein. The second episode of Season 2 has her compare her measurements to the very slender and proportionate Midge (to curse Midge's thighs measuring as 18 inches) and has the just-as-tiny Imogene refer to her as "a potato".
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  • Informed Flaw: Penny Pan. In the first episode, Midge rants about Joel leaving her petite and well-proportioned self for a woman whose ankles are the same width as her calves. We later see Penny and she doesn't have cankles. She is however very oblivious and mediocre in personality and intellect, which Midge remarks.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Wallace Shawn as Herb Smith in "Doink," and Rufus Sewell as Declan Howell in "Look, She Made a Hat".
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: The way Midge now puts everything else in her life as an afterthought to her comedy, job, and social life is somewhat understandable and a good story line for the Values Dissonance. However not everyone has accepted how little interest she shows in her children. It got to a point that Rachel Brosnahan had to set the record straight and remind everyone that Midge's life as a mother is not the primary focus of the story.
    • Others have not only backed up Brosnahan's remarks, but have also pointed out that Midge's role as a mother has to be taken into context, as the show is set in the late 1950s, a time when children were expected to barely be seen and definitely not be heard. And that those complaining about Midge being a bad parent are missing the point of the show, which is Midge finding independence and an identity outside of what her peers expect of her.
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  • The Woobie: According to this article, Astrid can qualify. She is often the one-dimensional punchline of jokes regarding her status as a convert to Judaism (which the article states that many in the community are still suspicious of converts even in 2018...) and doesn't seem to be presented with much identity outside of the Convert and her attempts to have a baby, she is a token and she tries very hard to be accepted by her in-laws, taking Challah baking to impress a mother in law who doesn't eat bread.

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