Maid (miniseries)

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Maid
Maid (TV series) Title Card.png
GenreDrama
Created byMolly Smith Metzler
Inspired byMaid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive
by Stephanie Land
Starring
Music by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Colin McKenna
  • Terri Murphy
  • Bonnie R. Benwick
Production locationsVictoria, British Columbia
Cinematography
Editors
  • Annie Eifrig
  • Annette Davey
  • Jacquelyn Le
Running time47–60 minutes
Production companies
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)

Maid is an American drama[1][2] streaming television limited series inspired by Stephanie Land's memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive, created by Molly Smith Metzler, that premiered on Netflix on October 1, 2021.[3][4]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Rylea Nevaeh Whittet as Maddy, Alex and Sean's lively two/three-year-old daughter
  • Xavier De Guzman as Ethan, Sean's best friend
  • Raymond Ablack as Nate, an acquaintance from Alex's past
  • BJ Harrison as Denise, the woman who runs the domestic violence shelter

Guest stars[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release dateProd.
code
1"Dollar Store"John WellsMolly Smith MetzlerOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)T13.22651
2"Ponies"John WellsMolly Smith MetzlerOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)T13.22652
3"Sea Glass"Nzingha StewartMarcus GardleyOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)T13.22653
4"Cashmere"Nzingha StewartRebecca BrunstetterOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)T13.22654
5"Thief"Lila NeugebauerColin McKennaOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)T13.22655
6"M"Helen ShaverMichelle Denise JacksonOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)T13.22656
7"String Cheese"Helen ShaverRebecca BrunstetterOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)T13.22657
8"Bear Hunt"Quyen TranMarcus Gardley and Molly Smith MetzlerOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)T13.22658
9"Sky Blue"John WellsColin McKennaOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)T13.22659
10"Snaps"John WellsMolly Smith MetzlerOctober 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)T13.22660

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On November 20, 2019, Netflix gave production a series order inspired by New York Times best-selling memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land. The series was created by Molly Smith Metzler who was also the executive producer alongside John Wells, Erin Jontow, Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, Brett Hedblom, and Land. Production companies involved with the series were slated to consist of John Wells Productions, LuckyChap Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Television.[3][6][7] Directors of the series included Wells, Nzingha Stewart, Lila Neugebauer, Helen Shaver, and Quyen "Q" Tran. The limited series was released on October 1, 2021.[4]

Casting[edit]

In August 2020, Margaret Qualley and Nick Robinson were cast in leading roles.[8][9] On September 14, 2020, Anika Noni Rose joined the cast in a leading role.[10] In October 2020, Andie MacDowell, Tracy Vilar, and Billy Burke joined the cast in leading roles.[11][12][13] On November 25, 2020, Xavi de Guzman joined the cast in a recurring role.[14] Aimee Carrero landed a role as Danielle, who is a fellow survivor of domestic abuse and becomes friends with Alex, Margaret Qualley's character, at the women's shelter.[15]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series began on September 28, 2020, and concluded on April 9, 2021, in Victoria, British Columbia.[16]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 97% approval rating with an average rating of 8.3/10, based on 33 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "Maid takes great care with its sensitive subject matter to craft a drama that is not always easy to watch, but undeniably powerful, grounded by an outstanding performance by Margaret Qualley."[17] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 82 out of 100 based on 18 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[1]

Kristen Lopez of IndieWire gave the series an A and wrote, "We need more stories like this and, hands down, Maid deserves all the acclaim it gets."[18] Reviewing the series for Rolling Stone, Alan Sepinwall gave a rating of four out of five stars and said, "Parts of it are deliberately difficult to get through, yet the show is surprisingly watchable given the nature of the story, and at times even light and charming. Much of this is a credit to Qualley, who delivers a movie-star-level performance."[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Maid: Season 1". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  2. ^ Tallerico, Brian (October 1, 2021). "Incredible Performance Anchors Netflix's Moving Maid". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Petski, Denise (November 20, 2019). "Netflix Orders Female-Driven Dramedy Series 'Maid' Produced By John Wells & Margot Robbie's LuckyChap". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Lane, Carly (August 23, 2021). "'MAID': First Trailer and Images Reveal Margaret Qualley's New Netflix Series From Executive Producer Margot Robbie". Collider. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  5. ^ Malkin, Marc (November 9, 2020). "Nick Robinson Talks Overcoming COVID and His New FX Series 'A Teacher' With Kate Mara". Variety. Retrieved November 12, 2020.
  6. ^ Otterson, Joe (November 20, 2019). "Margot Robbie, 'Shameless' Team to Adapt Stephanie Land Memoir 'Maid' at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  7. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (November 20, 2019). "'Shameless' Boss John Wells Sets 'Maid' Dramedy at Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 20, 2020.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 26, 2020). "Margaret Qualley To Headline Netflix's Dramedy Series 'Maid' Produced By John Wells & Margot Robbie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 26, 2020.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 28, 2020). "Nick Robinson To Star Opposite Margaret Qualley In Netflix's Dramedy Series 'Maid' Produced By John Wells & Margot Robbie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (September 14, 2020). "Anika Noni Rose Joins Netflix Series 'Maid' Produced By John Wells & Margot Robbie". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 21, 2020.
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 2, 2020). "Andie MacDowell To Star Opposite Margaret Qualley In Netflix Series 'Maid'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 9, 2020). "'Maid': Tracy Vilar Joins Cast Of Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  13. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 13, 2020). "'Maid': Billy Burke Joins Cast Of Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  14. ^ Del Rosario, Alexandra (November 25, 2020). "'Maid': Xavi de Guzman Joins Cast Of Netflix Series In Recurring Role". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  15. ^ Chaney, Jen (October 1, 2021). "Maid Is a Stressful, Refreshingly Honest Portrait of Poverty". Vulture. Retrieved October 2, 2021.
  16. ^ "DGC BC Production List" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. February 12, 2021. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 13, 2021. Retrieved February 13, 2021.
  17. ^ "Maid: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved October 16, 2021.
  18. ^ Lopez, Kristen (October 1, 2021). "'Maid' Review: Margaret Qualley Gives an Award-Worthy Performance in Netflix Limited Series". IndieWire. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  19. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (September 22, 2021). "There's No Clean Break From Poverty in 'Maid'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 6, 2021.

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