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Note: this was originally posted over on my creators.co profile but considering it’s closing at some point I’m moving a lot of my old article here.
I actually posted this in May 2017 but with season 2 coming out incredibly soon (January 26th!) I thought this would be an appropriate time to post this again in the hopes of convincing people to check it out, or to simply remind you why it’s so awesome.
So, you may or may not have heard of Netflix show One Day At a Time. It’s based on the 1975–84 series of the same name, but we’re going to talk specifically about the new 2017 show. One Day At a Time is a sitcom about a Cuban-American family consisting of a mother, Penelope, who is a recently separated veteran raising her two children with the help of her mother, Lydia. The first season consists of 13 episodes, and that is what I’m basing this post on.
This post is going to give you a few reasons as to why this show is something everyone needs to see.
5. It’s Short — Seriously
Each episode is around half an hour long and there are only 13 episodes in total. I don’t know about you, but sitcoms are one of those shows that I just to love to binge watch. I tend to put them on as a distraction or a bit of fun and end up getting sucked in; this is the same for One Day At a Time.
It took me a couple of episodes to really get into it, but I still enjoyed every episode I watched. They were fun — I laughed, I appreciated it. However, once I started to care more about the characters I found myself enjoying it even more. You do get to know them quite early on, but because each episode is quite short, it might take a little bit to really get into them.
Don’t worry though, I’m pretty positive in saying that you won’t want to turn it off at any point or get bored, even if it does take a couple of episodes to really get invested.
4. It Has A Coming Out Storyline
Without giving away spoilers, let’s just say that one character realises they like the same sex. My favourite thing about this story is that they do explore the idea of this character being unsure, and wanting to know for sure before taking that step of coming out.
Another favourite thing about this story line is that someone really close to this person was instantly like “who cares?” and basically declared that this character was still the same and them being interested in the same sex doesn’t suddenly make them a different person. But on the other hand someone else close to this character did have a moment of “I’m not OK with this” however, One Day At a Time explores this so well. The character who feels that way also feels guilty about it and it doesn’t last for more than maybe an episode. It then explores this idea that sometimes it’s okay to feel that way, because ultimately if you love and support the person, those feelings will pass and you’ll find they (the negative feelings) weren’t real at all.
The show doesn’t treat coming out as one particular thing. It shows the upsides and downsides, it shows how difficult it can be but also how uplifting it can be, it shows that sometimes people aren’t supportive straight away but that’s OK because everyone’s human and has those moments but if someone loves you then they’ll be there for you, but most importantly it explores the idea of being the version of you that makes you comfortable, not the version of you that makes everyone else comfortable.
3. It Talks About Feminism, Equality And Other Social Justice Topics
There’s scenes exploring the way men can sometimes talk over women and try to explain things even when there’s no reason to/they’re not asked to. There’s discussions on not wanting to do certain things because it’s tradition or the norm, and with some of these things it’s not a case of being stubborn and refusing to do something, but just needing to find a reason that makes it something worthwhile and important to that individual person.
It showcases a number of important things like: the strength and struggles of a single mother, the bond of not only family but friends, the power of women, differences in the workplace, where a person is from, and many more I could list.
Again, it discusses heavily the power of being a good person, treating people fairly and equally, and being the version of you that makes you comfortable.
2. It Brings Out A Range Of Emotions
The amount of times I laughed out loud was unreal, but I also found myself crying a couple of times as well. It’s a beautifully done show that’s not too afraid to show the ugly sides of life along side the good. It rarely explores things immediately as a “this is the right way” and “this is the wrong way”, sometimes they might show something to be the right way, but then show that “hey, maybe this isn’t, maybe this other way is better.” It’s very human. Sure things are dramatised (it is fiction after all), however, it does touch up on some very important matters in a very real way.
After watching this show I felt content, a little emotional, and empowered. It’s a really amazing show.
1. There Are Lots Of Little, Powerful Moments
There are so many moments within the show that really just resonate. For example, in one episode they talk about Penelope having facial hair, in this case, hair on her upper lip, a moustache. They do make light of it, but it was never poking fun at Penelope, it just highlighted that nobody in the family cared and it’s completely normal for her to have facial hair. She can laugh about it and they can all joke about it and it’s treated as being completely normal.
There are various things like this that might only last for an episode, and sometimes not even a full episode, but they’re still important and really amazing things to slide in. Not all of these moments will mean something to everyone, but there might be one particular moment in the show that really resonates with you.
One Day At a Time is honestly such a fantastic show to watch. It’s biggest flaw is that there aren’t more episodes in the season. Luckily, season 2 is only a couple of days away and it seems that a lot of the things I mentioned will continue on, and perhaps be even bigger, in the new season.