A single mom, two kids and a hot eighty-five year old reboot the Norman Lear classic sitcom, exclusively on Netflix.
BQB here with a review of One Day at a Time.
As a Gen X-er (I swear we exist), I have vague memories of the original One Day at a Time. Single mom Bonnie Franklin balanced raising two daughters, a job and a friendship with a wacky landlord during a time when TV viewers were just starting to accept seeing divorced characters in lead roles on TV.
I recall the show being mildly interesting but it wasn’t, say Facts of Life or Family Ties or one of those 1980s shows that has been handed down through the ages. It was one of those shows that you’d watch while you were waiting for one of those other big shows to watch. I can’t remember much from it other than it introduced the world to Valerie Bertinelli.
The show’s been rebooted with a modern flair with a Cuban-American family. Justina Machado stars as single mother/Afghanistan war veteran/nurse Penelope. She juggles her day job, raising two kids, her “I’ve made a deal with the devil to keep looking this young” mother Rita Moreno and a friendship with wacky landlord Schneider, who has been given a hipster makeover for modern times.
It has all of the sitcom cheesiness: canned laughter, silly jokes, formulaic plots and so on. The family faces millennial problems that Bonnie Franklin couldn’t have dreamed of, i.e. daughter Isabella refuses to have a quinceanara because she thinks it is an outdated, misogynistic ritual, for example.
At any rate, the show is a good example of a reboot done right. It takes a show that was popular back in the day but didn’t really develop a long lasting, post-run fan base, capitalizes on the name and the plot formula, yet makes it fresh and new.
And besides, Schneider was a hipster before hipsters even existed.