Stephanie Land’s memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive is truly an astounding book. The show Maid on Netflix not only does justice to the book, but also adds another layer of vulnerability as we watch a young mother and her daughter struggle to make ends meet. If you’re done watching Maid and are looking for other shows like it, go no further than this.
The Chair – Netflix
Sandra Oh is an icon, period. Starring in this drama-comedy about a woman named D. Ji-yoon Kim, Oh ensures she lives up to her reputation as a Golden Globe award winner. Ji-yoon is the first woman chair of a department at the prestigious Pembroke University. She deals with issues of sexism and racism, similar to Maid and its theme of classism.
Big Little Lies- Disney+ Hotstar/ HBO Max
Apart from Alex’s struggle to make ends meet, the show Maid focuses on her life for her child, very much like Big Little Lies. Starring the likes of Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon, and Zoe Kravitz, the series has two seasons so far.
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Through the seasons, we watch the mothers cross all boundaries to protect their children. A character also suffers from abuse at the hands of her husband and eventually leaves him. Deja vu?
Virgin River – Netflix
Surrounding another powerful female lead is the Netflix Original Virgin River. The series, awaiting the release of its fourth season, surrounds the sweet Mel Monroe. Though their circumstances are different, Mel is another woman like Maid’s Alex trying to start a new life and ensure things are better for her this time around.
Mare of Easttown- HBO Max
The American crime-drama series Mare of Easttown has yet another female lead that overshadows everyone. Starring Kate Winslet in the lead role, this limited series is about a police detective investigating the murder of a young single mother. She does this while dealing with her personal life crumbling to pieces. Mare was quite the star of her town until she was unable to solve the case of a missing girl for about a year. This made people question her skills as a detective. Are the two cases related? Will Mare ever gain her reputation back? Only time, or the 7 episodes of this limited series, will tell.
David Makes Man- Prime Video
Written by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Tarell Alvin McCraney, this coming-of-age drama is about the 15-year-old David. The show is based on the same theme of poverty and classism and the dejected position of the homeless and poor in America. While Maid also focuses on the sexism Alex faces, David Makes Man intersects with racism.
This list comprised of shows that dealt with themes like sexism, parental love, and poverty- ones that were recurring in the show Maid. But if you’re looking for shows like Maid in terms of cinematography on Netflix, here are more recommendations.