– by Anthony Esteves

Just last Friday, Netflix premiered the third season of its hit comedy series remake One Day At A Time. In its first two seasons, the series has enjoyed quite a high level of success from critics and fans alike. Seasons 1 and 2 have scored a Rotten Tomatoes certified fresh score of 97% and 100%, respectively. The third time around, both critics and audiences have continued to enjoy the adventures and obstacles of the Alvarez family as Season 3 sits currently at a critics score of 100% and an audience score of 93%.

In the latest season, the series continues to cover the topics of alcoholism, feminism, heritage, drugs, politics, anxiety and the LGBTQ community. Taking a step further with each one, the series masters the line of tongue-in-cheek, somewhat corny 90s TGIF sitcom while also making important social commentary on present-day situations. Daughter Elena (Isabella Gomez) progresses in her “out and proud” status as a lesbian amongst her extended family, her love for her girlfriend Syd (Sheridan Pierce) and her dedication to feminism. Brother Alex (Marcel Ruiz) continues his pursuit of being the cool ladies’ man while being educated about respecting women and the downfall of hiding marijuana. Landlord/Super Schneider (Todd Grinnell) grows closer to the Alvarez family while dealing with his demons as their voices become louder. Grandma, I mean, abuelita Lydia (the legendary Rita Moreno) continues her “non-relationship” with Dr. Berkowitz (Stephen Tobolowsky) and devotion to remaining young, all while hardworking mom Penelope (Justina Machado) attempts to hold everything together while her anxiety continues to creep up on her.

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One Day At A Time continues to succeed in being a heartwarming and relatable series, whether that relation is in the topics the series covers or the culture and connection of the featured family. The characters are portrayed in a manner that not only makes them likable but as if you’ve known them or come across them in your life. Through all issues and conflicts, it is this united family’s love and devotion to each other that continues to be the heart of this fun and engaging series. A series that pays homage to its 1970s predecessor while standing strongly on its own in today’s present climate.

All thirteen episodes of One Day At A Time season three are now streaming on Netflix.

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