- 2 Seasons
This television comedy follows the life of the title character and her family and friends. Maude is a liberal woman who has had four husbands. Now in middle age, she and her fourth husband live in an upper-middle class neighborhood in New York. The show is provocative in the social and political issues it examines. Maude is the main character and is an independent woman, representative of the women's liberation movement of the 1970s. Her husband is Walter, who usually loses many of the arguments between the two. Maude's daughter, Carol, and her son, Phillip, also live with the couple in their suburban home in New York. Carol is divorced, and the feminist theme of the show is also displayed through her character, who freely dates several men at once. While the show tackles many social and political issues such as alcoholism and abortion, it also pokes gentle fun at the main character, who vocally claims to be a political liberal and champion of the poor even though she rarely witnesses their plight from the comfort of her middle-class existence. This theme often plays out in the interactions between Maude and her housekeepers.