The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Sticks the Landing — Our 10 Favorite Moments From the Satisfying Series Finale

The following story contains spoilers from the Last. Episode. Ever. of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel — proceed at your own peril

Hewing to a darkness-before-light structure, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s series finale gets the sad stuff out of the way first.

The opening scene of “Four Minutes” flashes forward to 1965 and promptly reminds us that the tale of Lenny Bruce was a most tragic one. While series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, who wrote and directed the hour-plus swan song, thankfully spares us from having to witness the immediate lead-up to the real-life comic’s untimely 1966 death, the sight of Lenny bombing spectacularly on stage in a dingy, depressing San Francisco club — followed by an unsuccessful intervention on the part of Susie — tees up his the predestined drug overdose to come. (Our now-complete Mrs. Maisel final season flash-forward cheat sheet can be found here.)

But once the action jumps back to the present and Midge learns that Susie’s Hedy-themed Hail Mary pass had, in fact, resulted in a touchdown — Midge is gonna be on The Gordon Ford Show! — the episode delivers one satisfying rapid-fire payoff after another. And an 11th hour hiccup that sees the program’s deeply insecure, aggressively sexist eponymous host nearly sabotage our heroine’s big, hard-fought break makes Midge’s ultimate, inevitable triumph all the more rewarding.

Scroll down to view the 10 finale moments that brought us to our feet. And when you’re done check out our finale post mortem with Team Palladino

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