- Network: Netflix
- Series Premiere Date: Jan 6, 2017
- Summary: Season three of the reimagining of the Norman Lear 1970s sitcom introduces Lydia’s sister Mirtha (Gloria Estefan), Penelope’s brother Tito (Danny Pino), Penelope’s cousins Pilar and Estrellita (Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero).
- Genre(s): Comedy
- Season 3 premiere date: Feb 8, 2019
- Episode Length: 30
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One Day At A Time
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This is a formula that works and only takes the show to better and more emotional heights because it's done the character work to earn that reaction from the audience. This is a family you know and love, but you'll only enjoy getting deeper with them in its equally impressive Season 3.
ODAAT has long since perfected its mix of in-the-moment humor and issues-based storytelling, so we get great visual gags (think Dr. B posing as a matador for Lydia) and gentle teasing about baby queer Elena’s boundless enthusiasm--which culminates in the wearing of a “heart-butt” hat--along with heartfelt moments of discovery and vulnerability.
Funny, touching and comforting in its relevance for these fractious times. [4-17 Feb 2019, p.13]
Granted, sometimes those resolutions are a little pat (even if they’re rarely as neat as they were on the genre’s forebears). Sometimes they’re slightly saccharine. But sometimes they’re moving and immense and earned. What they register--unflaggingly, and with a ton of humor--is a faith in redemption.
One Day at a Time manages to keep the audience invested and genuinely laughing at the same time. Not many comedies can balance the opposing forces of comedy and drama with such ease; but then, most other comedies simply aren’t as successful, let alone as grounded.