I think that many of us would agree that it’s possible to be inspired by shows, movies, and books. I’d like to talk about the Netflix show, One Day at a Time, which I briefly spoke about a little while ago.
One Day at a Time is a fabulous show. It’s about a Cuban family who live in the U.S. The show touches on many important themes such as: equal rights, questioning one’s sexuality, and celebrating one’s heritage. The show is full of love, laughter, and even sadness. I’m not embarrassed to admit that there have been quite a few times when I’ve noticed myself crying upon watching a touching scene.
Let’s start with the characters. The grandmother in the show, Lydia (Rita Moreno), is a funny, vibrant, and kind woman. She cares for her family and is always there to support her daughter and two grandchildren. Penelope (Justina Machado), the daughter of Lydia and mother of Elena and Alex, served in Iraq, is a single mother, and is a hard worker. Penelope constantly reminds her children that, no matter what, she will be there to catch them when they fall and help them become the amazing adults she knows they can be.
When it comes to the children of the family, they also contribute a great deal to the inspiration of the show. Daughter, sister, and granddaughter, Elena (Isabella Gomez) is a passionate feminist who fights for social justice at any chance she gets. Elena’s brother, Alex (Marcel Ruiz), is smart, funny, and loving. He is always there for his sister.
These characters and the rest are a huge part of why this show is so successful and worthwhile. I think the themes are also an amazing part of this series. Whether you’re a grandmother, mother, sister, son, or brother, you can relate to these topics. After all, haven’t we all had questions about sex at one point or another? Haven’t we all struggled and needed a shoulder to cry on?
What I really love about the show is the balance between humor and seriousness. I love how the show is funny (quite funny, actually!) but also has a sense of importance. I’m honestly not one for shows, movies, or books that are overly into giving lectures, and this is why this show is so perfect: it has the perfect amount of hilarity and beauty.
If you’re looking for a family show that is funny, full of love, and able to teach you valuable lessons, then you should definitely watch One Day at a Time. I’m not trying to sound like a walking – talking commercial, but it really is quite good. I honestly give it a 5/5 rating.