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"One Day at a Time" review by Eva Diaz  1/6/17
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I was excited to see this version of the show because I was a fan of the original show, which ran from 1975-1984. I wanted to see if the show would be as funny as the classic series. In the new version, a divorced Cuban-American mom named Penelope (Justina Machado) struggles to raise her teenage daughter and tween son, while she works as a nurse. Penelope has help from her mother, Lydia (Rita Moreno, who steals the show).

I like this show because it retains the essential heart of the original and achieves the same goal of tackling the issues of the day. It shows both sides of the issues, in a funny way. I read a lot of press about the show being so different because it has a Cuban-American family, but the truth is that all families have the same basic problems. That's what the show highlights-- that although some people may have a different culture, families all have the same problems. The funniest parts of the show come when Penelope and Lydia clash over their different ideas on how Penelope's children should be raised.

Rita Moreno is very funny as Lydia; she has great chemistry with Machado. I laughed from the beginning, which I rarely do. If you want to laugh and watch Rita Moreno at her comedic best, watch this show! I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.


A reimagining of the Norman Lear classic, centering on a Cuban-American family. Our heroine is a recently separated, former military mom (Justina Machado) navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenaged daughter and socially adept tween son, with the “help” of her old school Cuban-born mom (Rita Moreno) and a friends- without-benefits building manager named Schneider. The 13-episode first season of One Day at a Time is produced by Act III Productions, Inc., Snowpants Productions and Small Fish Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television. Norman Lear, Mike Royce, Gloria Calderón Kellett and Michael Garcia are executive producers.

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