Kristen Dragotto, A&E Editor
On Feb. 8, Netflix released season three of “One Day at a Time,” giving viewers their Alvarez family fix once again.
Season two left the audience wondering what would be next for the family after Lydia (played by Rita Moreno), the much-loved Cuban grandmother, suffered a stroke that nearly killed her. The yearlong wait of the release for season three proved to be more than worth the wait for fans.
There are few shows that give their audience the wholesome family feel while managing to successfully tackle current issues, all while building a storyline in an effective way. “One Day at a Time” has proven its capability of doing just that.
What may seem like just a run of the mill family sitcom has the ability to take on topics like the prejudice faced by individuals in the LGBTQ+ community face, racism, addiction, and mental illness in a way that sends a clear message to its audience. Despite the overwhelming seriousness of the topics addressed on the show, it still manages to be comical and never overdone.
Critic Todd VanDerWerff in his review, “Watch Netflix’s ‘One Day at a Time.’ Please” wrote, “by grounding its laughs, its tears, and its storytelling in the ups and downs of a family, ‘One Day at a Time” avoids feeling gimmicky.”
While the storyline at its base may seem less than thrilling, it focuses on Penelope’s (played by Justina Machado) pursuit of becoming a nurse practitioner and the everyday obstacles her and her family face. It is the weaving of plot twist and conflicts that leave the viewer hanging on the edge of their seat, being completely shocked at the end of each episode.
Every episode has you falling in love with the Alvarez family more and more. Each new ensuing conflict leaves you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. While season three is around six hours long, the show is able to make the viewer feel as if they have spent a year with the Alvarez family, in the best way possible.
VanDerWerff further wrote, “the show’s confidence in its ability to tell serialized stories while still offering the pleasures of well-done episodic ones has grown exponentially.”
While there has been no mention of “One Day at a Time” being renewed for a fourth season, this show does not seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. The cultlike following shows how this is what audiences desperately want to see.
“One Day at a Time” is something to be added to your Netflix queue and should be planned to be your next binge session. It is the show that will give you all the feels, making you laugh and cry in the same episode. It is shows like this one that give us hope for good wholesome family sitcoms while still staying relevant in our society.