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Netflix does many things for us viewers. They provide a ton of movies and television shows for us to watch and enjoy. Many are older movies, but many are also new movies or latest movie releases. But one thing they do and do well, is provide unique and original content.
Netflix has taken to creating reboots of old shows like with Full House, Now Fuller House, one of my favorites. And now… One Day At A Time which is an absolute hit of laughter and emotion. You could say Netflix is on a reboot hot streak lately.
Do you remember the old One Day At A Time?
I grew up watching it. A hit sitcom in 1975 that ran until 1984. I was two when it came out, so of course I could only watch re-runs. It starred Bonnie Franklin as a divorced mother raising two teenage daughters, played by Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli, set in Indianapolis. It was a great show filled with laughs and good times.
Today’s One Day At A Time is much different. The reboot from Netflix brought to you by the man who created hit shows like Sandford & Sons and Good Times. The new One Day At A Time runs along the same story-line with a few new twists.
Plot: The show revolves around a Latino family. Single-mother/ex-army soldier Penelope (Justina Machado) is raising her two teen children. Her daughter Elena (Isabella Gomez) and son Alex (Marcel Ruiz) living in an small apartment with her mother Lydia (Rita Moreno) while she deals with PTSD from the Army, missing her ex-husband whose still in the Army and dealing with single-mother life working life.
The new One Day At a Time aired January 6th, and I watched the first few episodes of this show and I couldn’t stop laughing. Penelope struggles with being a single mom, having her kids get older, sharing their own opinions. That along with dealing with taking anti-depressants to help her deep sadness and the guilt she feels for taking them, as she deals with her job and kids, mother and even handyman/friend Snider who comes over all the time.
I love that the creators of the show are Mike Royce (Everybody Loves Raymond) and Gloria Calderon Kellet (How I Met Your Mother) plus the original creator Norman Lear, and these people know funny. Penelope’s character is amazing, down to earth and someone we can all relate to. The laughter is honest and the show emotional on a level that can be compared to with every day life. I think that’s why I love it.
One Day At A Time tackles issues for today’s society. Such as when Penelope’s son wants to order 5 pairs of shoes online, or asks his mom for $100 bucks to go out with friends. Sometimes kids think money just grows on trees. Or dealing with her daughter’s idealistic views on feminism, and her mother’s views on God and religion.
Either way, if you haven’t seen the show you have to give it a chance. It’s a great sit down comedy you and the kids (pre-teen) and up can enjoy. Funny, enlightening, a great cast of characters and story-lines that promote realism. One Day At A Time is motto show for how we are all making it in life and that every moment counts.