My husband and I binged this pre-pandemic, and now I am starting to rewatch in anticipation of Season 3. The series was recommended to us after we watched Unorthodox, and we thought both were great (though different). I confess that I started watching Shtisel with a bias against ultra-Orthodox Jews--I am a secular Jew but have ultra-Orthodox cousins, and I am really bothered by the way women are expected to just have baby after baby and not get an education or a career. I also have family living in Israel (some secular, others Orthodox but not "ultra") who resent the ultra-Orthodox for their influence on politics, for refusing to serve in the Army, and for being a financial burden on the state. It became personal to me when my Jewish-American daughter, who moved to Israel a few years ago and became a citizen, could not marry her Jewish-Israeli boyfriend in Israel without having an Orthodox rabbi officiate; apparently a civil ceremony was not possible, and there is no such thing as "Reform, Judaism" in Israel. They ended up getting married in Cyprus.
But with all that said, I was moved by the humanity of the characters in the Shtisel and was able to see that in some ways they are not so different from the rest of us. I look forward to seeing what happens to them a few years after the last episode. I just wish they (and especially the women) were not so confined by the expectations of their community.