The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 15+

Strong women, lots of energy in charming period piece.

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 11 reviews

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Stands out for .

Community Reviews

age 12+

Fun 50s feminist fairytale

The writing, acting and styling remind me of everything we liked about Gilmore Girls. Delicious, silly fasttalking characters around every corner. There is brief nudity in 2 of first 18 episodes, somewhat vulgar standup jokes throughout, but by and large this is a big 50s feminist fairy tale with a huge heart, and it's enormously fun to watch. I think it's fine for older tweens and up.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 16+

Perfectly suitable for 12+ if not for Maisel's Act

The show's actual plots and action at PG13 at worst. Maisel is trying to make it in the man's world of 1950's comedy. There's iffy body-shaming stuff early on, like Maisel measuring the circumference of her thighs daily. But she grows out of it (though not literally. Maisel stays as ridiculously thin throughout the series). The is a scene at the end of the pilot where Maisel self-ridicules her looks to an audience and then flashed her breasts. This is pretty much the only nudity in the series. What shoots the show up to "R", though, is the rest of her act, which is extremely blue and graphic. Oral copulation is mentioned a lot as well as other stick sexual situations. For those who really care there's a lot of alcohol imbibing because it wouldn't be the midcentury with lots of cocktails.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

TV Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • Gilmore Girls Poster Image

    Gilmore Girls

    Fun coming-of-age drama that's great for teens.

    age 13+
  • Mad Men Poster Image

    Mad Men

    Ads and anxiety in 1960s office drama for adults.

    age 17+
  • Good Girls Revolt Poster Image

    Good Girls Revolt

    Strong female characters rule in zesty historical drama.

    age 16+

Character Strengths

Find more tv shows that help kids build character.

  • Young girl playing
    Courage
    See all
  • Hands together
    Teamwork
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate