“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” traffics in Jewish stereotypes with characters straight out of central casting

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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ gets Jewish converts totally wrong
by Alexandra Pucciarelli
January 2, 2019

Since it came into our lives last year, I’ve had mixed feelings about “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Its jokes sometimes feel like the kind of things we say among other fellow Jews, but not to the rest of the world…One of its more discomfiting aspects (besides the mostly non-Jewish staff and cast — a subject for a different article) is the character of Astrid, Midge’s sister-in-law and recent convert to Judaism. In the newly released second season, she is treated as the butt of a joke rather than a whole person with a full life. READ MORE

LOS ANGELES TIMES Shtick, stereotypes, and self-parody: How ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ gets Jewish culture wrong However “Jewish” Sherman-Palladino wants the show to be, “Maisel” fails to grapple with the realities of the moment in Jewish American history it portrays. Which is ultimately what leaves me queasy about its tone — the shtick, the stereotypes, the comforting self-parody. The stereotypes aren’t that comforting anymore.

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