I have done a blog post on this show already, but that was me talking about how stupid Netflix is. Anyway, One Day at a Time is absolutely one of my all time favorite shows.
One Day at a Time is based on a show of the same name that aired from 1975-1984. This modern version is based on a Cuban family and their wacky landlord and neighbor, Schneider, as they all navigate through life.
Not only is it hilarious, it also focuses on important issues like depression, anxiety, LGBTQ, PTSD, addiction, and divorce. I love it because it can be funny but also send a great message to viewers. I think this show is perfect to watch with your family because it has a little bit of everything that people of all ages can enjoy.
I also liked it because it was based on a Cuban family. I thought that was unique because I haven’t really seen a show like that before, so it was great that Cubans were getting this kind of representation. You will quickly find yourself loving the relationship between the Alvarez family. Penelope (Justina Machado) is a recently divorced single mom who is also a United States Army veteran. She deals with the stress of raising two kids, and living with her very Cuban mother, Lydia (Rita Moreno). Penelope also suffers from PTSD, depression, and anxiety which she attends group counseling for. Again, things I haven’t seen on T.V. shows before.
Penelope’s kids are Elena (Isabella Gomez) and Alex (Marcel Ruiz). Elena is a teenage activist and feminist. She believes in standing up for what is right and doesn’t care what everyone else thinks. She also explores her sexuality and comes to the realization that she’s a lesbian. Elena is happily in a relationship with her significant other, Syd (or as they like to call it, “Syd-nificant other). Syd is a guest start who is played by Sherian Pierce. Syd is non-gender conforming an prefers the pronoun “they.” Just saying, that’s the first time I’ve seen a character like that! Also, back to Elena, she is super iconic because she wore a suit to her own quinceañera!
Alex is Elena’s younger brother. He is Lydia’s favorite grandchild which is evident because she’s always coddling him and calling him papito. He doesn’t have as strong opinions as his older sister, but he does go through issues dealing with racism, peer pressure and respecting women. As Alex embarks on being a teenager, he learns how different the world can be.
Schneider (Todd Grinnell) is the Alvarez’s rich landlord and neighbor from upstairs. Materially, he may have everything he needs, but all he ever wanted growing up was a loving family like the Alvarez’s. He finds comfort in their company and their home and considers them to be his family. Throughout the show, he struggles with alcoholism and staying sober.
This is just a brief overview of how the characters really express important issues that are relevant today. Not only was this show big on representation, but it was also hilarious. It had the perfect balance of comedy and seriousness. I am so angry that Netflix canceled it. In the meantime, you can binge all three seasons in a day then cry because it’s over, the same way I did.