REVIEW - Maid: The Miniseries That Tells More Than a Story
It’s no surprise that Maid is quickly becoming one of the most-watched miniseries on Netflix. People are drawn to authenticity - and there’s nothing more real than a story many have lived before. The crushing drama has rounded up 67 million views in a month, grabbing the attention of eager watchers around the world.
Based on A Bestseller
Stephanie Land released her memoir 'Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay and a Mother’s Will to Survive' in 2019, making it onto the New York Times Bestseller list. Despite the success of the book, she never imagined the story would soon end up watched by tens of millions of fans. But that's exactly what happened, as viewers felt drawn to Alex (played by Margeret Qualley), a young mother whose journey to escape domestic abuse and navigate government assistance leads her to face seemingly endless struggles.
After escaping an abusive and controlling home, Alex ends up homeless with nothing to her name but the clothes on her back and the company of her two-year-old daughter, Maddy. She quickly realizes how overwhelming the system is: from getting a job, finding a home, obtaining daycare, and having enough money to put food on the table. Eventually finding her way to a domestic violence shelter, Alex is able to get a job cleaning houses that she could only dream of living in with her daughter.
Every triumph seems to come accompanied by more problems, with an undiagnosed and unmedicated mother that can’t seem to take care of herself, the obstacle of co-parenting with an alcoholic ex, and the immense loneliness that comes with leaving everything she knows behind and forging her own path.
A Relatable Story for Those Who Struggle
The success of this devastating drama indicates this is not only Alex’s story but also narrates the reality of millions of people around the world, striking a chord with those who watch.
Maid focuses on the harsh conditions people must face when they need to rely on the government for assistance. The show points out the loopholes and obstructions that make navigating bureaucracy a living hell, and the series captures the long and tough road ahead if you need help and have nowhere to turn but the system. It also touches on the topic of emotional abuse, which is often swept under the rug and discredited, although millions have suffered from it and its long-lasting effects.
Maid is more than just another Netflix series that popped up: it’s the story of many who have walked Alex’s path. As viewers navigate the strange and tough world with the young mother who has nothing to lose, they’re left to ponder how the world treats victims of domestic violence, people in poverty, those struggling with mental health, and anyone whose life is made harder by the harsh reality of existence.