Hey guys! I’m sorry for not posting in so long, but I’ve been engaged in the resistance to today’s increasingly tense political climate – while I’m fighting to keep the rights of POC, women, the LGBTQ community and immigrants both in the US and in Puerto Rico – I’ve also been watching some crazy awesome movies and television shows. One of them being Netflix’ One Day at a Time.
Creators Gloria Calderon Kellett, and Mike Royce did good by the reboot of the beloved sitcom that debut in 1974 and ran for 9 seasons.
Starring the incredibly talented Justina Machado as a former Army Nurse Penelope Álvarez, the legendary Rita Moreno as her widowed mother Lydia, and Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz as Penelope’s children Elena and Alex – they are the all-(Cuban)American family who reside in California – their landlord, Schneider (the hilarious Todd Grinnell) is more like an adoptive family member that doesn’t annoy with his quips or presence like many other characters do.
In the seven episodes (out of 13) that I’ve seen the show has dealt with work place conflict, gender wage gap, sexism, immigration and deportation, Trump’s wall, domestic abuse, divorce, re-entering the dating scene after a long relationship followed by a painful separation, self love, and more.
All characters are well rounded, rich in complexities and all actors play each with such ease it’s easy to feel as if you’re watching your own (Latin) family deal with all the intricacies of day-to-day life dealings.
I especially love this show because it’s the first one I’ve seen that I can absolutely relate to. While I’m not Cuban, I know what it’s like to be a Latin person moving to a place where people either hate you, or just don’t know anything about you – therefore they…hate you. The strength of Penelope’s character is inspiring and Lydia reminds me of my own grandmother, but with more sass. I also love how the Latin-Caribbean language was not altered – something that is often misrepresented in films.
All in all, I give it a 10 star out of 10 and name it an absolute binge worthy show.