One Day at a Time (2017 TV series)
|One Day at a Time|
|Based on||One Day at a Time|
by Whitney Blake and Allan Manings
|Developed by||Gloria Calderon Kellett|
|Opening theme||"This Is It" performed by Gloria Estefan|
|Ending theme||"This Is It" (instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||39 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Gloria Calderon Kellett|
|Running time||24–35 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Act III Productions|
Big Girl Pants Productions
Small Fish Studios
Sony Pictures Television
|Picture format||4K (UHD)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||January 6, 2017 –|
February 8, 2019
One Day at a Time is an American comedy web television series based on Norman Lear's 1975–1984 sitcom of the same name. It was Lear’s company, Act III Productions, that approached Sony with the idea of reimagining the original series with a Hispanic family. It was developed by Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, with Lear and his producing partner, Brent Miller as executive producers. The series features an ensemble cast starring Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, with Stephen Tobolowsky, and Rita Moreno. The show revolves around a Cuban-American family living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, focusing on a single mom who is an Army veteran dealing with PTSD, her kids and her Cuban mother. The re-imagination of the original CBS sitcom tackles important issues like mental illness, immigration, sexism, homophobia, and racism that Latinos living in the United States face.
The first season consisted of thirteen episodes and it was released on January 6, 2017. On March 4, 2017, Netflix renewed the series for a second season. On January 26, 2018, the second season premiered on the streaming service with thirteen episodes. On March 26, 2018, a third season was ordered. Following the announcement on December 13, 2018, season 3 premiered on February 8, 2019. Netflix canceled the series on March 14, 2019. Producers later said that they will try to find the show a new home.
Upon its release, the show received critical acclaim, with critics and journalists praising the writing and the performances of Justina Machado and Rita Moreno. One Day at a Time was listed as one of the best television shows of 2017, with over eighteen critics ranking it as one of the top ten shows of the year. The series received multiple awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series (Pat Barnett). At the Imagen Foundation Awards won Best Primetime Television Program – Comedy, Best Actress – Television (Justina Machado), Best Supporting Actress – Television (Isabella Gomez) and Best Young Actor – Television (Marcel Ruiz). Rita Moreno was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. The series was also nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
The series depicts the everyday life of a Cuban-American family with each character finding their own journey. Following the story of Penelope Alvarez, a United States Army Nurse Corps veteran, facing her return to civilian life with a lot of unresolved issues from her time in the Army. She works as a nurse in the office of Dr. Leslie Berkowitz. After her husband's alcoholism due to post-traumatic stress disorder from his time in the Army made it, in Penelope's words, 'unsafe to be in the house', she separates from Victor, taking the children with her. With the help of her Cuban mother, Lydia Riera, she is raising two children: Elena and Alex. Apart from planning her daughter's quinceañera, Penelope starts dating and finds a love interest. Elena, resistant to have a quinces, starts dating a teenager from her class; to later realize that she is a lesbian. After struggling in ways to tell her family about her sexuality she finds the right time to come out.
In the second season, Penelope continues to deal with her PTSD, while getting back into the dating scene. Elena gets a non-binary girlfriend, Syd. Lydia and Schneider reveal neither of them are legal U.S. citizens, and therefore both take their citizenship tests. Towards the end of the season, Lydia suffers a stroke, and begins to hover between life and death, however ultimately survives.
|1||13||January 6, 2017|
|2||13||January 26, 2018|
|3||13||February 8, 2019|
Cast and characters
- Justina Machado as Penelope Francisca del Carmen Riera Inclán Ruiz Maribona de Alvarez, a United States Army Nurse Corps veteran and mother of Alex and Elena. She works as a nurse for Dr. Leslie Berkowitz. After coming back from army service, she joins a therapy group to help her with her depression and anxiety. In the first season she separates from her husband Victor and starts dating Ben. Later she breaks up with Ben after Victor's visit for Elena's quinceañera. In season two Penelope decides to go back to school to become a nurse practitioner. She begins dating an Army Veteran, now EMT Max Ferraro, but breaks up with him after finding out he wanted children of his own, and decides to let him find that chance with someone else, as she believes that she is too old for another child, and has two children of her own.
- Rita Moreno as Lydia Margarita del Carmen Inclán Maribona Leyte-Vidal de Riera, a faithful Cuban, Penelope's mother and grandmother of Elena and Alex. She fled Cuba after Castro seized power. She was a dancer and a performer back in the day. Over the course of the season, she develops a relationship with Dr. Berkowitz.
- Isabella Gomez as Elena Maria Alvarez Riera Calderón Leyte-Vidal Inclán, the activist and feminist teenage daughter of Penelope. After dating Josh, a classmate, and watching porn, she discovers that she is a lesbian and comes out to her family. The news doesn't sit well with her father, which upsets Elena. In season two she finds a love interest and founds a Gay-Straight Alliance club at her Catholic School.
- Marcel Ruiz as Alejandro "Alex" Alberto Alvarez Riera Calderon Leyte-Vidal Inclán, the son of Penelope. He wants to gain popularity at school and is part of the baseball team. He starts a school project about Cuba. In season two he begins working during the summer at Dr. Berkowitz's office.
- Todd Grinnell as Pat Schneider, the rich landlord of the building. He is a close friend of the family and Penelope's best friend. Schneider is frequently having one-night stands with different women. Often in the series he talks about having multiple stepmothers and how dysfunctional his family was. He also openly discusses his history of addictions, achieving eight years of sobriety in season 3, before experiencing a short relapse. He is Canadian and, after years of having a green card, decides to become a US citizen.
- Stephen Tobolowsky as Dr. Leslie Berkowitz, Penelope's lonely boss and Lydia's possible love interest who is extorted financially by his ex-wife and daughters.
- Fiona Gubelmann as Lori (season 1): Penelope's co-worker.
- Ariela Barer as Carmen (season 1): Elena's best friend. She spent nights with Elena in her bedroom after her parents were deported back to Mexico, but Penelope finds out. She later moves to Austin, Texas to live with her brothers.
- Froy Gutierrez as Josh Flores (season 1): Elena's date.
- Eric Nenninger as Scott (season 1–3): Penelope's co-worker.
- Haneefah Wood as Jill Riley (season 1–3): Penelope's friend.
- Mackenzie Phillips as Pam Valentine (season 1–3): the leader of Penelope's female veteran therapy group. Phillips portrayed Julie Cooper in the original 70s sitcom One Day at a Time.
- Judy Reyes as Ramona (season 1–3): Penelope's friend from the therapy group.
- Tony Plana as Berto Riera (season 1–3): Lydia's late husband.
- Jolie Jenkins as Nikki (season 1–3): Schneider's former love interest and one of the mothers at St. Bibiana Academy.
- James Martínez as Victor Alvarez (season 1–3): Penelope's ex-husband.
- Ed Quinn as Max Ferraro (seasons 2–3): a military veteran, EMT, and Penelope's ex-boyfriend
- Sheridan Pierce as Syd (season 2–3): Elena's 'Syd'nificant other who identifies as non-binary.
- Santina Muha as Beth (season 2–3): a wheelchair-user member of Penelope's therapy group.
- Nicky Endres as Cynthia (season 3): a member of Penelope's therapy group.
- Alex Quijano as Mateo (season 3): Penelope's friend from St. Bibiana Academy who is also a parent.
- India de Beaufort as Avery (season 3): a kindergarten teacher and Schneider's girlfriend. Beaufort is the real-life wife of Todd Grinnell.
- Cedric Yarbrough as Jerry, Penelope's Uber driver.
- Jay Hayden as Ben, Penelope's love interest that she meets in a gay bar.
- Gabrielle Elyse as Dani, Elena's crush that does not match her.
- Ivonne Coll as Esme; Dr. Berkowitz's love interest and Lydia's rival.
- Emiliano Díez as Padre Jose, the priest of Lydia's church.
- Georgia Engel as Sister Barbara, the mother superior at St. Bibiana Academy.
- Tim Bagley as Henry, an employee at the USCIS who applies a citizenship test to Lydia.
- Mindy Sterling as Delia, an employee at the USCIS who applies a citizenship test to Schneider.
- Timm Sharp as Wally, the nurse of Lydia who takes care of her in the hospital.
- Gloria Estefan as Mirtha, Lydia's estranged sister, and Penelope's aunt.
- Melissa Fumero as Estrellita, Mirtha's daughter, and Penelope's cousin, and childhood best friend.
- Stephanie Beatriz as Pilar, Penelope's cousin who Elena suspects is also a lesbian.
- Liz Torres as Tia Monica, Penelope's aunt who loves to criticize her family.
- Danny Pino as Tito, Penelope’s brother, Lydia’s son, and Elena and Alex’s uncle.
- Glenn Scarpelli as Chad, the receptionist at the hotel where Elena and Syd stay for their first time.
- Alan Ruck as Lawrence Schneider, Pat's arrogant father.
- Gloria Calderón Kellett as Nicole, Victor's new wife.
- Joe Manganiello as Nick, Schneider's sponsor at AA.
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The theme song for the original One Day at a Time series, “This is It", was re-recorded for the newer version of the series, with a new arrangement by Emilio Estefan featuring Cuban instrumentation and lead vocals by Gloria Estefan. The song was composed by husband-and-wife songwriters Jeff Barry and Nancy Barry. Recording artist Polly Cutter sang the original version of the theme song.
Filming took place in Los Angeles, California at Sony Pictures Studios in Stage 25. It was shot with a multiple-camera setup in front of a studio audience. Filming of the second season began in May 2017 and ended in September 2017.
|1||94% (34 reviews)||79 (23 reviews)|
|2||100% (28 reviews)||88 (6 reviews)|
|3||100% (29 reviews)||82 (9 reviews)|
The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 94% approval rating for the first season, based on 34 reviews, with an average rating of 7.89/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "One Day at a Time breathes fresh life into the classic Norman Lear original with a lively, sharp, and proudly old-school sitcom bolstered by a surfeit of heart and terrific performances from Rita Moreno and Justina Machado." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 79 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Robert Lloyd of the Los Angeles Times found the first season to be "lively without being rushed" thanks to the full 30 minute run time. David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle added, "The show is nicely written ... and the performances [especially Moreno's] are almost universally engaging". Verne Gay of Newsday praised Machado's performance as "flat-out terrific" and called the first season a "congenial, good-hearted, easy going, sentimental, old-fashioned and surprisingly new-fashioned." He added, "There's also a deep emotional core here which refuses to be devalued by the typical (or tired) beat of a multicamera sitcom." Kelly Lawler at USA Today noted that Elena's coming-out arc in the first season has drawn special praise from LGBT critics for its "unique, realistic and refreshing take on the subject... the depiction of a young, happy Latinx lesbian comes as a hopeful sign for many." Autostraddle's Yvonne Marquez called the arc "mind-blowing," and stated that the show revolutionary because "it centers the family's brownness and provides ample social commentary to deliver a fantastic modern-day sitcom."
The second season has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 28 reviews, with an average rating of 9.05/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "One Day at a Time continues its ascent into classic sitcom territory without losing sight of its modern identity." On Metacritic, it has a score of 88 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
The third season has a 100% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 8.75/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "As timely and tender as ever, One Day at a Time's third season manages to up to comedy ante without losing the intimate family moments that help it hit so close to home." On Metacritic, it has a score of 82 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
|2017||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Show: Comedy||One Day at a Time||Nominated|||
|Imagen Awards||Best Primetime Television Program – Comedy||One Day at a Time||Won|||
|Best Actress – Television||Justina Machado||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress – Television||Rita Moreno||Nominated|
|Best Young Actor – Television||Marcel Ruiz||Won|
|IGN Summer Awards||Best Comedic TV Performance||Rita Moreno||Nominated|||
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series||Pat Barnett||Nominated|||
|Gold Derby Awards||Best Comedy Supporting Actress||Rita Moreno||Nominated|||
|2018||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Rita Moreno||Nominated|||
|TVLine Awards||Performer of the Week||Justina Machado||Won|||
|GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding Comedy Series||One Day at a Time||Nominated|||
|Television Academy Honors||Television with a Conscience||One Day at a Time||Won|||
|TCA Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Comedy||One Day at a Time||Nominated|||
|Imagen Awards||Best Primetime Television Program – Comedy||One Day at a Time||Nominated|||
|Best Actress – Television||Justina Machado||Won|
|Best Young Actor – Television||Marcel Ruiz||Nominated|
|2019||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Comedy Series||One Day at a Time||Nominated|||
|Best Actress in a Comedy Series||Justina Machado||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Rita Moreno||Nominated|
|GLAAD Media Awards||Outstanding Comedy Series||One Day at a Time||Pending|||
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