‘Maid’: 3 Reasons to Watch Netflix’s Hopeful Limited Series

MAID (L to R) MARGARET QUALLEY as ALEX and RYLEA NEVAEH WHITTET as MADDY in episode 108 of MAID Cr. RICARDO HUBBS/NETFLIX © 2021

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House cleaner Alex (Margaret Qualley) struggles to escape a volatile relationship to give her daughter a better life in Maid, the hopeful story based on Stephanie Land’s 2019 memoir. Here’s why it’s a must-watch.

1. Alex’s resilience

Her unplanned pregnancy nixed plans to study creative writing, so she journals vividly about her clients and life. She endures the exasperating application process for government aid and a custody battle with her ex, bartender Sean (Nick Robinson).

Maid Margaret Qualley and BJ Harrison for Netflix

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2. The raw, vulnerable performances

One highlight: Qualley’s real-life mom, Andie MacDowell (Four Weddings and a Funeral), who plays Alex’s bipolar artist mother, Paula. The free spirit tolerated mistreatment from men, setting a destructive example for her daughter.

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3. A reminder we’re not alone

A network of women help Alex help herself, including her neighbor at a shelter, feisty Danielle (Aimee Carrero), who insists on collecting wages withheld by prickly homeowner Regina (Anika Noni Rose) — the one who reaches out when Alex finally cracks.

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This article originally ran on tvinsider.com.

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