Adventures in Binging: ‘One Day at a Time’

It’s no surprise that technology’s created a new TV-binging culture, which has become normal in most American households. This is why I’ve decided to launch a new segment on this blog called, “Adventures in Binging”. First up is One Day at a Time.

This Netflix show has two seasons so far and was recently picked up for a third season back in March. I found a post a while back that really made me want to start watching the show I’d only minimally heard about on social media. Someone wrote out all the great things about the show, all of which I love. The show embraces Cuban-American culture, it features a proud feminist and lesbian character, portrays what it’s like to be a veteran in the U.S, among other great things.

Final Thoughts

Penelope (played by Justina Machado), Lydia (played by Rita Moreno), Alex (played by Marcel Ruiz), and Elena (played by Isabella Gomez)

I’ve always been one to support almost anything that promotes all-around diversity, so I watched the first episode. And then I watched the next one. And the next and so on, and it turned into a family affair. My family started watching it with me and it’s not hard to see why: it’s a show about family. Much like Black-ish, it’s a family show that deals with family but intermixes very relevant issues in America today. It somehow balances all of those heavier emotional scenes with something enjoyable: comedy.

I can’t count how many times I laughed one minute and cried in the next scene. The Alvarez family goes through so much together: Elena realizes she’s gay and comes out, which warrants a variety of responses from her family. Someone tells Alex to go back to Mexico (even though he’s Cuban), which starts a heavy but necessary conversation about racism in the U.S. Penelope goes back to school, even though she’s already overworked as a single mother. And everyone finds out that Lydia isn’t a U.S citizen, and that’s just the really big storyline in this show.

There are so many others that are so important and great. I’m so glad that the show was picked up for another season because TV needs more shows like this: ones that show what it’s really like to grow up in an immigrant household. All within the realm of what it’s like to live in America today.

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