New Netflix series, ‘Maid’, hits Top 5 most-watched shows in four

Brooke Preputnick, Social media editor

Netflix’s new limited series, ‘Maid’, was released on October 1st and has already reached 67 million households, surpassing the record from last year’s big hit, The Queen’s Gambit, according to Netflix. The series is inspired by Stephanie Land’s New York Times bestselling memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive.  

Margaret Qualley stars as young mother, Alex, who is escaping from an abusive relationship. She takes her daughter with her as she leaves her boyfriend desperately seeking help and left stranded. This series addresses current world issues of poverty, homelessness, and domestic violence that Alex faces while becoming a single mother. In hopes to do whatever it takes to give her daughter a healthy life, she seeks help from social services and takes on a job as a maid working for upper class Americans. 

In an interview with CNN, Land expresses the validation she felt witnessing her experiences that were represented on screen: “And then watching it with my family — when they were watching the scenes where she’s cleaning, each of them turned to me at one point and said, “Was it really like that?” Yes, it was. I keep using the word “relief.” Relief to see such an authentic representation of my experience.”

The 10-episode series has received an IMDb rating of 8.5/10 as the audience receives an emotional, heartwarming, and tear-jerking performance from the talented Margaret Qualley.

“Struggle shouldn’t be shameful. We all struggle. We need to be a little bit more compassionate,” said Land.