One Day at a Time (2017 TV series)

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One Day at a Time
Genre Sitcom
Based on One Day at a Time
by Whitney Blake and Allan Manings
Developed by Gloria Calderon Kellett
Mike Royce
Opening theme "This Is It" performed by Gloria Estefan
Ending theme "This Is It" (instrumental)
  • Jeff Barry
  • Nancy Barry
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Gloria Calderon Kellett
Mike Royce
Norman Lear
Michael Garcia
Brent Miller
  • Dan Hernandez
  • Benji Samit
  • Patricia Fass Palmer
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 26–31 minutes
Production company(s) Act III Productions
Snowpants Productions
Big Girl Pants Productions
Small Fish Studios
Sony Pictures Television
Original network Netflix
Picture format 4K (UHD)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release January 6, 2017 (2017-01-06) – present (present)
External links
Official Website

One Day at a Time is an American comedy web television series based on Norman Lear's 1975–1984 sitcom of the same name.[1] It was Lear’s company, Act III Productions, that approached Sony with the idea of reimagining the original series with a Latino family.[2] It was developed by Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, with Lear and his producing partner, Brent Miller as executive producers.[3] The series features an ensemble cast starring Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Rita Moreno.[4][5] The show revolves around a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles, 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 face Latinos living in the United States.

Filming took place in Los Angeles, California at Sony Pictures Studios in Stage 25.[6] It was shot with a multiple-camera setup in front of a studio audience. The first season consisted of thirteen episodes and it was released on January 6, 2017.[7] On March 4, 2017, Netflix renewed the series for a second season.[8] Filming of the second season began in May 2017 and ended in September 2017.[9] On January 26, 2018, the second season premiered on the streaming service with thirteen episodes.[10] On March 26, 2018, a third season was ordered.[11]

Upon its release, the show received critical acclaim, with critics and journalists praising the writing and the performances of Justina Machado and Rita Moreno.[12][13] 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.[14] 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 show depicts the everyday life of a Cuban-American family with each character finding their own journey. Following the story of Penelope Alvarez (Justina Machado) a United States Army Nurse Corps[3] 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 (Stephen Tobolowsky). 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 (James Martínez), taking the children with her. With the help of her Mother, Lydia (Rita Moreno), a refugee who left Cuba as a teen following Fidel Castro's rise to power, she is raising her two children: Elena (Isabella Gómez) and Alex (Marcel Ruiz). 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. Alex starts working in a school project about Cuba with the help of Schneider (Todd Grinnell) and Lydia. Lydia talks about leaving Cuba escaping from Castro's dictatorship and how she fell in love with her late husband Berto (Tony Plana).

Each episode of the series focuses on important issues that face the Hispanic community and families in general. It has dealt with topics such as veterans' struggles with PTSD, depression, and anxiety, as well as sexuality, gender identity, sexism, and religion, amongst others.

Cast and characters[edit]


Justina Machado plays Penelope Alvarez.
Rita Moreno plays Penelope's mother, Lydia Riera.
  • Justina Machado as Penelope Riera Alvarez, a United States Army Nurse Corps 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.
  • Todd Grinnell as Dwayne 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, while also occasionally discussing his history of addictions. He is Canadian and after years of having a green card decides to become a US citizen.
  • 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 gay 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.
  • 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.
  • Stephen Tobolowsky as Dr. Leslie Berkowitz, Penelope's boss and Lydia's love interest.


  • 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)
  • Eric Nenninger as Scott (season 1–present): Penelope's co-worker.
  • Haneefah Wood as Jill Riley (season 1–present): Penelope's friend.
  • Mackenzie Phillips as Pam Valentine (season 1–present): the leader of Penelope's female veteran therapy group.
  • Judy Reyes as Ramona (season 1–present): Penelope's friend from the therapy group.
  • Tony Plana as Berto Riera (season 1–present): Lydia's late husband.
  • James Martínez as Victor Alvarez (season 1–present): Penelope's ex-husband.
  • Ed Quinn as Max Ferraro (season 2): a military veteran, EMT, and Penelope's ex-boyfriend[15]
  • Sheridan Pierce as Syd (season 2): Elena's significant other who is non-binary.[16][17]
  • Raúl Castillo as Mateo (season 3): Penelope's friend from school who is also a parent[18]



SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
113January 6, 2017 (2017-01-06)
213January 26, 2018 (2018-01-26)
313[19]2019 (2019)[19]



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.[20]


Season Critical response
Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
1 97% (29 reviews) 79 (23 reviews)
2 100% (14 reviews) 88 (6 reviews)

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has an approval rating of 97% based on 30 reviews with an average rating of 7.62/10. The site'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."[21]

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.[22] "The show is nicely written ... and the performances [especially Moreno's] are almost universally engaging," according to David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle.[23] The Newsday review by Verne Gay particularly praises Machado as "flat-out terrific" and calls the first season "congenial, good-hearted, easy going, sentimental, old-fashioned and surprisingly new-fashioned. There’s also a deep emotional core here which refuses to be devalued by the typical (or tired) beat of a multicamera sitcom."[24]

A USA Today review by Kelly Lawler 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."[25] Autostraddle senior editor Yvonne Marquez called the arc "mind-blowing"[25] and the show revolutionary because "it centers the family’s brownness and provides ample social commentary to deliver a fantastic modern-day sitcom."[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominees Result Ref.
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Show: Comedy One Day at a Time Nominated [27]
Imagen Foundation Awards Best Primetime Television Program – Comedy Won [28][29]
Best Actress – Television Justina Machado Won
Best Supporting Actress – Television Rita Moreno Nominated
Isabella Gomez Won
Best Young Actor – Television Marcel Ruiz Won
IGN Summer Awards Best Comedic TV Performance Rita Moreno Nominated [30]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series Pat Barnett Nominated [31]
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Comedy Series One Day at a Time Nominated [32]
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Justina Machado Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Rita Moreno Nominated
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series One Day at a Time Nominated
Best Direction in a Comedy Series Nominated
Gold Derby Awards Best Comedy Supporting Actress Rita Moreno Nominated [33]
2018 Critics' Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Nominated [34]
TVLine Awards Performer of the Week Justina Machado Won [35]
GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Comedy Series One Day at a Time Nominated [36]
Television Academy Honors Television with a Conscience Won [37]
TCA Awards Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Pending [38]
Imagen Foundation Awards Best Primetime Television Program – Comedy Pending [39]
Best Actress – Television Justina Machado Pending
Rita Moreno Pending
Isabella Gomez Pending
Best Young Actor – Television Marcel Ruiz Pending


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