One Day At a Time is back for season 2 on January 26 on Netflix. And we cannot wait to binge watch ourselves to death, okay, maybe not to death, but you know what we mean. Hanging out with the Penelope (Justina Machado), Lydia (Rita Moreno) Elena (Isabella Gómez) and Alex (Marcel Ruiz) is a top priority.
Here’s the catch-up, the series is a reboot (really it’s a reimagining) of the classic 1975 hit of the same name, brought to you by TV legend Norman Lear. But this time, the series follows military, single mom Penelope as she raises her woke teen daughter and precocious tween son. Then there’s Lydia, as the clever and unfiltered abuelita. And like the original, there’s the friends-without-benefits building manager Schneider (Todd Grinnell). But unlike the original, this family isn’t white; they’re Cuban-American.
Lear, 95, is behind the project as executive producer. In fact, he sought out our Latina of the Year and badass showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett to bring her version of the show to life. The result is loosely based on her proud Cuban family. Read our exclusive interview with Calderon-Kellett.
The first season's 13 episodes scored glowing reviews. The New York Times called it “one of the best shows of the year” and The Washington Post dubbed it “a joy to watch.” And Newsday sang Machado’s praises (because let’s face it, she’s hella awesome in this role) as “flat-out terrific." Season 1 tackled post-traumatic stress, sexuality, religion, and divorce, without being preaching or worse, sounding like some out of touch afterschool special.
So we’re excited to see what the writers do with the second season of this multicamera family-centric comedy. If the trailer is any indication of what they have cooking, Calderón Kellett and partner Mike Royce's diverse writers' room will continue to expertly weave real-life family matters like racism, mental health, and LGBTQ advocacy with laughter and love.
Last season, Elena came out to her family, and in the trailer, we see Lydia asking her granddaughter why she needs to have a “gay club.” Lydia said: “We get it you’re here. You’re queer. We’re used to it. Move on.” But as a teen activist, Elena knows she cannot simply move on, and she’s down to educate folks, the same way she did when she first announced that she didn’t—gasp!—want a quinceañera. (If you haven’t seen the show, go back and check out how Elena decides to reconcile her feelings about this Latino tradition.) It’ll be interesting to see Penelope dust off her “superwoman” cape and handle everything on her plate—family, a new love interest, depression, and going back to school.
In true motherly fashion, Lydia offers her hija this bit of advice: “You don’t have to be a superwoman. There can only be one such woman in the family, and that is me.” Spoken like every abuelita we know.
Get ready to binge watch with us on January 26 on Netflix. Check out the trailer above.