Hard Earned is a compelling documentary series that puts aside economic debates to follow the candid and deeply personal stories of five American families. From Los Angeles to Chicago and beyond, viewers will get an unfiltered look at what life is like for these brave individuals who earn a living with salaries averaging between $8 to $15 an hour.
Through an intimate lens, the series explores the diverse challenges and obstacles faced by each person as they attempt to improve their lives and achieve their American dream. Audiences will meet Emilia, a 50-year-old waitress who battles to keep her house, and Jose and Elizabeth, a young couple searching for a way out of their parents’ basements to give their son a better life. Meanwhile, DJ, a Walgreens employee, becomes increasingly frustrated with working conditions and consults his co-workers on how best to spark change. The series offers a touching, poignant portrayal of perseverance, hope, and the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.