Here’s an excellent Forbes article on why “One Day at a Time” deserves to be saved.
“While the show still revolves around a single mom, they’re now a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles, and the matriarch is played by Justina Machado (who honestly deserves an Emmy for her portrayal as veteran Penelope ‘Penny’ Alvarez). Penny suffers from depression and anxiety and is back at school to try and better her career. She has a son (Marcel Ruiz) and daughter (Isabella Gomez), and the daughter is out and proud and in a relationship with someone who identifies as non-binary. Their landlord, Schneider (Todd Grinnell) — and still no first name needed — continues to give unwarranted advice, but now he’s a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who’s just trying to stay on the straight and narrow path. If all that’s not enough for you, Penny’s mother is played by legendary Rita Moreno, one of only 15 people on the planet to have EGOT’ed. Moreno is 87-years old, playing a character who’s supposed to be 70 (!!), and she is a force to be reckoned with in every single scene of the show. Moreno as Lydia frequently bursting into the action by throwing open some curtains. It’s so fitting, and so perfect.”
On a personal note, Moreno’s character, Lydia a.k.a. Abuelita, reminds us of my late mother-in-law, Lynda. Which is another reason my wife, daughter and I bond over this show.
Please help save “One Day at a Time”. We need more shows like this.