To be completely honest with you guys, today’s post was supposed to be something entirely different. But then I woke up pretty late (after binge watching too many episodes of Criminal Minds) and basically jumped straight into the newest season of one of my absolute favorite shows: One Day At A Time.
I’ve talked about how much I love this show before. I always recommend it to people because I just adore it with every inch of my being and I need everyone else to watch it too.
But since I basically spend all of my waking hours so far watching the show – I didn’t have time to write up today’s post. But then I thought ‘Wait! Why don’t I talk about this show? Why don’t I tell people why they should watch it too?’ – which is exactly what we’re doing today.
Okay, wait. As I read over this post I realized that I forgot to include a trailer or give you guys more information on this show, so here, have a trailer:
An Amazing Family Dynamic
Who doesn’t love watching a show that has a great family dynamic? The Alvarez family loves each other so much and yes, there are fights and people have issues with each other (just like all of us do too) but they are willing to work through it. Together or on their own to get to a point where they can work on it together. I can’t count many families on TV off the top of my head that I just adore, but the Alvarez family is 100% one of them.
Well Developed Characters
Every character on this show is so, so well developed with their own agendas, issues and believes and I love them all for it. Lydia (the grandmother) is by far one of my favorite characters and man does she shine in season 3.
Penelope is one hell of a woman and so god damn strong but also allowed to show weakness and her friendship with Schneider (aka the landlord and honorary member of the family) is so pure and awesome and just, that’s how you write interesting relationships between men and women that have absolutely nothing to do with sex.
Elena has been my everything since pretty much the beginning. Her story is so awesome and I’m so happy young viewers will be able to see themselves and/or their story reflected in her. I always say Elena is who I aspire to be as a human and I wish I was that educated and willing to fight when I was her age. At this point, I can’t even count the number of times I’ve cried for her but also with her.
Alex hasn’t had that much individual storytime yet, but he is one hell of a brother to Elena and gets to shine in that role quite a lot in season three too. Or, overall gets to shine more this season. I really hope we get another season and more storylines for Alex!
Unafraid To Tackle Difficult Topics
Something I’ve always, always loved about this show is their willingness to tackle different and at times difficult topics.
We learn a ton about Penelope’s life and struggles as a war veteran, we learn more about Lydia’s time in Cuba and how she came to America, we learn what it’s like to be a Cuban-American in today’s time, we learn about the struggles Elena faces within her Cuban family when she comes out (god, I haven’t cried as much as during that entire storyline) and so, so much more. Certain characters get to dive into their backstories more this season and let me tell you – I cried. And I yelled at my laptop a lot.
But more than just learning about difficult topics, this show also doesn’t shy away from commenting on current issues. We’re living in it but this family offers a different viewpoint that is so, so important to keep in mind and see on TV.
I know I’m just a white girl who loves this show and tries to get everyone to watch it too and maybe you don’t think that matters as much as someone who is actually represented by this recommending it.
But I just want to throw in my two cents because I think representation is really, really important and I’m so excited for people to be able to see a Latin family on TV that has absolutely nothing to do with drugs or gangs or anything like that. They’re just like any other American family too.
One Day At A Time introduces you to characters with depression, anxiety, a non-binary character, multiple lesbian characters, a group of female veterans in a support group, a character who used to be an addict, a friendship between a man and a woman that is just pure friendship, a realistic family dynamic and so, so much more.
Emotional Rollercoaster Ride
As I said, I binged the entire third season of this show today and you guys. I can’t even tell you how many times I went from either laughing to crying or crying to laughing within the shortest period of time. But I love it.
That’s what pulls me into this show over and over again. It gets to me. I feel with these characters and I just want them to be happy and be treated well. I don’t often yell at my laptop while watching a show. But good god did I yell today.
I’m already dreading having to wait for both a season 4 announcement and premiere. That’s why I’ll be rewatching this show over and over again until then. And trust me, I’ll cry and laugh again each time – but I don’t watch the season 2 finale. That episode kills me. I can’t watch it over and over again.
A Great Fucking Show
No, honestly. In the end, what it comes down to for me whenever I decide whether I want to watch something or not is whether or not it’s a great show. And One Day At A Time is. It’s so, so, so good and I don’t ever shut up about it.
So, if you’ve got a weekend with enough free time, give this show a go! Before you know you’ll have binged all three seasons (and cried so, so many tears) and you’ll find yourself wishing season four was here already.
I just checked and I wrote about a thousand words trying to convince you guys to give this show a try – please tell me it had some sort of success? Or have you seen this show already and have some additional reasoning for people who haven’t seen the show yet? Let me know in the comments down below!