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Netflix’s ‘One Day at a Time’ Deserves Another Season

February 21, 20184 min read

Season 2 of One Day at a Time was just released in late January, and everyone loved it. The show was getting the hype and attention it deserved.

However, Gloria Calderón Kellet, executive producer and co-showrunner of One Day At a Time recently posted a Tweet about whether or not Netflix would be renewing the show for another season. And I’m here to say: Yes, it absolutely should.

According to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, shows are typically canceled if they’re not getting enough views, as Kellett mentioned. And it seems like One Day at A Time may be on the verge of cancellation, and here’s why we can’t let that happen:

One Day at a Time is easily one of the most important shows out there right now. It has some of the best and most authentic representation ever! Not only are four out of five of the main characters POC (specifically Cuban) but the show deals with many topics rarely discussed (including non-binary characters, teenagers coming out, immigration, and the controversy over guns).

If you don’t know what One Day at a Time is all about, it’s a reboot of a 70’s sitcom of the same name. It follows a Cuban-American family lead by single mother and war veteran Penelope Alvarez (played by the incredible Justina Machado). What’s unique about this show is it’s based solely on the Alvarez family. The audience barely sees any other location than inside their apartment.

In every episode, it tackles an issue, whether it is sexuality, racism, immigration, feminism, sexism, the wage gap, alcoholism, depression, PTSD, or voting. The list goes on and on.

One episode that stood out the most to me is called Hello, Penelope. This episode focuses on Penelope’s depression. She begins to feel better, so she stops attending therapy and taking her meds. This episode, as well as previous ones, also touch on the fact that Cuban families aren’t always as understanding as others when it comes to depression. For example, Abuelita (played by Rita Moreno) doesn’t agree with Penelope going to therapy or taking meds because it is “for the locos.”

Many people have said this episode is one of the best portrayals of depression they have ever seen.

This show also manages to be extremely funny while still handling heavy topics. Some episodes and even just some one-liners are laugh-out-loud hilarious. This show will truly have you laughing one minute and crying the next.

I could go on and on about how amazing this show is, and what it means to be. In the past month alone, this has become one of my favorite shows. It’s relatable, funny, goofy, but most of all, it’s important. It’s a show that deserves another season, and plenty more after that. So, please, if you haven’t watched One Day At a Time, give it a chance. And if you already have, rewatch some of your favorite episodes. It’s a show that’s worth saving!

Check out One Day At A Time‘s Depression Episode Needs To Be Watched and An Interview with Todd Grinnell from One Day at a Time

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Molly Cuddy

Freshman at the University of Maryland. Obsessed with chai lattes, the color yellow and Timothée Chalamet. Her Twitter is @mollycuddy.