These are the TV gifts that keep on giving


Quantity, not quality, has definitely been the name of the game on TV this year. Forgettable shows disappear like objects seen in a rearview mirror, giving the series — and performers — that really stand out a special luster.

If you haven’t caught up yet with these series, give yourself an early Christmas present.The fall season has been a serviceable lineup of medical and legal dramas that will get the timid networks through one more year of programming.

The streaming services, meanwhile, have bestowed upon us their equally predictable lineup of dystopian dramas featuring film stars in search of new horizons. But the show everyone has been waiting for is finally back next weekend: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” A preview of Season 2’s first five episodes reveals that none of the rapid-fire repartee, grit or sophistication has been squandered in the race for success.

One elegant bonus: the series features two episodes set in Paris as Abe Weissman (Tony Shalhoub) leaves his classic six on Riverside Drive to win back his unhappy wife (Marin Hinkle). And they really went to Paris, not Toronto.

As creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino trace Midge’s evolution, we see their heroine engage in a delicate balancing act, honoring the traditions of her culture while secretly perfecting her act as a gate-crashing standup comic.

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