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The Amazon Original series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is back for its second season! The show takes place in New York City in 1958, is part Mad Men-esque in its mid-century setting, part La La Land in its theatricality – minus the singing, though it often feels like song and dance might break out any minute. These elements combined may seem cringeworthy, even to us period drama obsessed folks here, but the superb acting and comedic timing of the cast, led by Rachel Brosnahan of House of Cards, Tony Shalhoub of Monk fame, and Luke Kirby of Rectify, along with the spunky writing of Amy Sherman-Palladino, make this show a sleeper hit. In fact, it was one of Amazon’s most highly-reviewed pilot episodes (with a customer rating of 4.9), when it premiered in March 2017. The full first two seasons are now available on Amazon.
The premise: Upper West Side housewife Miram “Midge” Maisel, of an esteemed Jewish family, seems to have it all – a successful husband, a great apartment, two kids. Her husband Joel has taken on what Midge thinks is a hobby – doing standup comedy at the Gaslight Cafe in Greenwich Village but it turns out he’s been straight up stealing routines from famous comedians. This leads to a comedy of errors, whereupon Midge drunkenly takes the stage showcasing her natural talent.
In the second season, Midge’s mother Rose has hightailed it to Paris to rediscover herself, while Midge is working as a telephone operator at B. Altman’s department store and honing her skills in her burgeoning comedy career.
Here are the film locations seen in the second and first seasons!
1. Old Town Bar
Joel, Midge’s estranged husband and his friend Archie, commiserate at Old Town Bar at 45 E. 18th Street, one of the oldest bars in New York City. It’s Joel’s favorite spot, where those close to him know they can call and find him there. In season 1, Joel’s secretary/paramour Penny Pann calls, in season two it’s his mom.
Old Town Bar opened in 1892 as Viemeister’s. Like many of the other bars on this list, it survived Prohibition by becoming a speakeasy under the name Craig’s Restaurant. The mahogany wood and marble bar, 55 feet long, tiled floor, wooden booths (where alcohol was stored in a compartment underneath the seats during Prohibition), vintage cash registers, and historic mirrors, make Old Town Bar a popular film location in New York City for period pieces.