Maid is a 10-episode Netflix series based on Stephanie Land’s memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive. It has a gripping story and an outstanding cast. In just the first five minutes of the first episode, Alex leaves her home in the middle of the night, leaving her sleeping partner Sean in bed, as she drives away with her young daughter Maddy.
We soon find out Alex (Margaret Qualley) has only $18 with her and we start to see there’s a hard road ahead. We follow her attempts to provide for herself and her daughter after leaving her emotionally abusive boyfriend, Sean (Nick Robinson). The night she leaves, Sean got so drunk he punched a hole in the wall.
Sitting opposite a social worker after spending the night in her car, Alex learns that there’s little support available for her and her two-year-old daughter.
Until she finds her feet, Alex’s parents aren’t really an option. Her mother, Paula (played by Margaret Qualley’s real-life mother Andie MacDowell) has a severe mental illness, while her father, Hank (Billy Burke), hasn’t been in the picture for years.
On top of that, in order to qualify for subsidised housing, Alex needs a job. But without a job in the first place, Alex can’t afford daycare for her daughter Maddy. And in order to get subsidised daycare, you guessed it, Alex needs a job.
The endless obstacles continue to crop up for Alex as she slowly attempts to piece her life back together with a low-paying job cleaning houses.
Maid isn’t easy to watch. It’s gut-wrenching and intense and some viewers may find the series triggers their own anxiety.
But it’s also a very important series. Maid is an unflinching show about how emotional and verbal abuse can affect people’s lives so strongly.
The series also gives a clear picture of just how hard it is for women to escape abusive relationships, making it the kind of series you’ll be thinking about for days afterwards.
Coupled with a gripping plot and outstanding performances from Margaret Qualley and Andie MacDowell, Maid is set to be one of the most compelling dramas of 2021.
All ten episodes of Maid are streaming now on Netflix now.
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