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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Worthy drama follows a young mom into poverty.

TV Netflix Drama 2021
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age 14+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 12+


This is easily one of the best shows I have seen this year. It had me laughing and crying. It had great themes and an amazing plot. The ways in which it depicts mental illness and domestic violence are realistic and the ways in which it showed the feeling of being trapped and misunderstood in this situation where pure genius. This is a work of art and should be viewed by everyone.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
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age 14+

Informative and inspirational

I absolutely love this series. It’s definitely hard hitting stuff and portrayed in such a raw way. There’s cursing, violence and touching on sensitive subjects (alcoholism, poverty, abuse, strained relationships) but not much sexual content. This show raises awareness of many issues and shows the importance of support and kindness. Well worth the watch!

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (7 ):

A powerful portrait of a powerless woman in America, this book-turned-movie starkly illustrates how an average person might land on hard times and find themselves utterly, dangerously alone. The moment we meet Alex, she's already on the run: watching her volatile partner carefully, making sure he's asleep, before she picks her way through the broken glass from the night before and takes her child away from that place. But with just over $18 in her wallet, she has few options; we watch each unexpected expense tick by on the screen, subtracting from the total inexorably. By the end of the first episode, she's reduced to sleeping in the public ferry landing, not sure where her next meal is coming from.

The indignities and abuse handed to Alex by everyone around her in Maid, even those paid to help her and others in need, is painful and feels authentic. Alex doesn't have a job, or a real possibility of getting one; how can she get a job and prove she's eligible for subsidized daycare for her daughter when she needs daycare before she can get a job? But what she does have is a promise she's made to herself and her daughter: She'll never pick glass out of her daughter's hair again. And with her daughter's future uppermost in mind, Alex keeps making attempts to climb out of homelessness and into a life that might offer her daughter better chances than Alex herself has had.

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