9 Shows Like Netflix's ‘Maid’ That You Need To Watch

9 Shows Like Netflix's ‘Maid’ That You Need To Watch

The 'Maid' is a poignant story of the realities of life for a single mother trying to make it in the world. These shows have similar themes as well.

The new Netflix series Maid has been making waves. Starring Margaret Qualley as Alex Russell in the lead role, the story follows the single mom who takes up housecleaning to make ends meet after escaping an abusive relationship. She has to now overcome homelessness as she tries to create a better life for her daughter, Maddy. Maid is based on Stephanie Land's memoir Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive.


The mini-series has 10 episodes and is a poignant story of the realities of life for a single mother trying to make it in the world. If you watched and loved the series here are some more TV shows with similar themes that you may also enjoy.

1. Better Things

This comedy-drama television series was created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K. for FX. It follows Sam Fox (Adlon), a single mother and working actress raising three daughters in Los Angeles as she juggles her profession and her duties as a mother. The show has been praised for its feminist premise and raw portrayal of the hardships of a single mother intertwined with comedy. The show currently has four seasons and will conclude with the next one.


2. Raising Dion

This Netflix series follows a single mother, Nicole Reese (Alisha Wainwright,) who has to hide her seven-year-old son, Dion Warren's (Ja'Siah Young) superpowers to protect him from exploitation during the investigation of their origins and her husband's death. It is based on the 2015 comic book and the short film of the same name by Dennis Liu. It has been renewed for a second season.


3. Gilmore Girls

This iconic TV show follows the relationship between a free-spirited single mother Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and her meticulous teen daughter Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) as they follow their dreams and aspirations from their small town, Stars Hollow, Connecticut. The show has seven seasons and also has the revival miniseries, A Year in the Life, which picks up almost a decade after the original series ended.


4. The Letdown

This is an Australian television comedy series about a new mother, Audrey, as she struggles to deal with her newborn. She joins a support group for new parents where she meets oddball mothers who are also facing their challenges and life changes. The show has two seasons.


5. Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin is a romantic comedy-drama and satirical telenovela developed by Jennie Snyder Urman for The CW. It stars Gina Rodriguez as Jane who wanted to save her virginity until marriage. But she gets artificially inseminated during a checkup by accident and it turns her whole life upside down. The series has five seasons. There have been talks of the show being renewed for a sixth season.


6. Raising Hope 

Raising Hope is a sitcom about James "Jimmy" Chance who is given the responsibility of raising his infant daughter after the mother, a serial killer, he had a one-night-stand with gets sentenced and executed. The show has four seasons after which it was canceled by Fox.


7. One Day at a Time

One Day at a Time is an American sitcom based on the 1975 series by Norman Lear of the same title. This series follows a newly-single Army veteran who now works as a nurse to support her Cuban-American family, consisting of two strong-willed children and her mother, as they navigate the ups and downs of life. The series has four seasons and deals with matters of mental illness, immigration, sexism, homophobia, gender identity, and racism that Latin people living in the United States face.


8. Fuller House

Fuller House is the reboot of the hit '90s sitcom Full House. In this spinoff, D.J. Fuller is a mother of three young boys and is has been recently widowed. Just like the original, D.J.'s sister Stephanie, her best friend Kimmy, and Kimmy's teenage daughter all move into her childhood home to help raise her sons. This revival ran for a total of five seasons.



SMILF is a comedy-drama series about a single, 20-something mom who struggles to find a happy work-life balance. The name of the series is a play on the term "MILF", with the "S" standing for either "single" or "Southie" (a nickname for South Boston.) It was created, written, and directed by Frankie Shaw who stars in the lead role, as Bridgette Bird. The show was canceled after two seasons.


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