I’m not regular, as a result of I completed the Netflix sequence over two weeks in the past and I’m nonetheless questioning whether or not Michael’s (Neil Patrick Harris) mother and father reside in the identical condominium as Midge Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) in Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Prime Video sequence. For the reason that thriller continues to gnaw at me, I made a decision to research. I in contrast scenes from each exhibits, regarded into the constructing that impressed Midge’s condominium, and even reached out to Netflix for perception. Earlier than we get to the findings, let’s do a fast tour of those two apartment-heavy exhibits.
Darren Star’s new rom-com sequence follows Michael, a newly single New York Metropolis actual property dealer. So it’s no shock that the present is stuffed with extravagant, dear New York residences. One beautiful lobby particularly caught my eye, as a result of I’m additionally a fan of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which follows Midge, a slapstick comedian in Fifties New York. For those who watch the present, you already know that Midge’s most prized possession is the flowery, sprawling, Higher West Aspect condominium she moved out of in Season 1. In Season 4, Midge buys the beautiful condominium again and invitations her mother and father, Abe and Rose Weissman — who as soon as lived in a special condominium in the identical constructing — to reside along with her.
The true New York constructing that Maisel makes use of for exterior pictures of Midge’s condominium is The Strathmore at 404 Riverside Drive, however according to Curbed, the constructing’s 10-room “N” residences “match the structure, scale, and views of the condominium within the present nearly precisely.” Other than a number of key variations — together with entrance doorways, wallpaper, decor, and closet spacing — Midge and her guardian’s residences look practically equivalent. However after I first noticed Michael’s guardian’s condominium in Uncoupled, my thoughts jumped to Abe and Rose’s previous place.
Round 9 minutes into Uncoupled‘s fourth episode, Michael opens a sturdy crimson door and walks into a stupendous white and cream lobby with basic molding, a closet off to the facet, and a view of an extended hallway. As he walks down mentioned corridor, his father screams from the primary room off to the suitable, which we be taught is the kitchen. Attention-grabbing…
The entrance door, molding, closet and kitchen placement, wallpaper colours, seen wooden/french doorways, and the stretched hallway of the Uncoupled condominium all give off Large Maisel Residence Power, so I consulted the pilot to scope issues out. At first (and second, and truthfully third) look, the 2 residences appear to be one. The structure is extremely comparable, the wood flooring match, and the entrance door deadbolts and ceiling lights within the hallway are even the identical. For a number of moments I felt vindicated, however upon nearer inspection I observed some minor inconsistencies between the 2 residing areas.
Seems, the wallpaper within the two residences options the identical colours, however not the identical sample. Whereas the entrance door in Uncoupled‘s condominium is identical colour as Maisel‘s, the facet that faces the hallway isn’t strong wooden, it has a pane of glass within the center. The lobby’s molding seems a bit smaller on Uncoupled, the closet’s doorknobs are completely different, and the space between the closet and the wall don’t match up. In Uncoupled, there’s barely area between the 2, however on Maisel there’s sufficient room to hold an image on the wall. Uncoupled additionally exhibits a room on the opposite facet of the lobby that doesn’t seem on Maisel, however the scene goes by so rapidly it’s exhausting to inform.
I assumed again to Midge’s authentic condominium — which encompasses a smaller hole between the closet and wall, together with a glass pane on the entrance door — and questioned if that was the reply to all of our issues, however among the variations between that condominium and Uncoupled‘s nonetheless exist. However whereas the Maisel residences don’t match the Uncoupled one completely, the similarities and shared design elements are simply too near be coincidental. Possibly the numerous seems are the product of set redecorating? Maybe Uncoupled used the Maisel residences for inspiration however constructed their very own model? Or Uncoupled might have filmed in the identical constructing as Maisel, however used a barely completely different condominium as a set?
Simply after I was about to retire my investigation, a Netflix publicity rep for Uncoupled returned my electronic mail and shared that an proprietor whose condominium was utilized in Uncoupled confirmed their area was additionally utilized in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. AHH! Vindicated once more. Nearly. The catch? They didn’t specify which condominium on Uncoupled (keep in mind, there are such a lot of!) was used for Maisel (or vice versa), so it stays unclear which set the 2 exhibits have in widespread. The rep additionally shared that the proprietor’s condominium has been utilized in quite a few different tv exhibits, together with Youthful, additionally a Darren Star venture.
Judging from the publicity rep’s feedback, it appears possible that Uncoupled, Maisel, and possibly even Youthful do actually share an condominium in some capability. However we might by no means know which condominium served because the shared set. With out extra specifics, all residences within the three exhibits are potentialities, however the similarities between Michael’s mother and father’ and Midge’s mother and father’ locations are so putting I nonetheless have hope they’re linked.