One Day at a Time (2017– )
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Keep up the great work Netflix!!!
I don't like laugh tracks , and sure this series has one as well, but it doesn't really take the upper hand. I liked Fuller House from a nostalgic point of view, but this series is more genuinely funny and doesn't overuse the laugh track that much.
Without getting gushy or over the top, it also had some very touching moments, which was good to see. So all in all a very entertaining series to watch, which exceeded my expectations before I started watching this.
I really hope this will get a second season, great series to fill 30 minutes of your time and be entertained and have your heart warmed!
In keeping with the original, the strong female lead is a divorcée and Vet. I love her interactions with her mom and daughter. It's very accurate in Cuban families. Her struggles at work are common among us Latins. In general, we want to impress and don't do too well at 'asking' or (demanding) more money.
I realize if you aren't Latin, this may not be your cup of tea, but I have enjoyed many shows based on other cultures.
I hope I enjoy the rest of the episodes as much.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this show. While I agree with previous reviewers that the laughtracks are outdated and unnecessary, they are far from being as annoying, as some people make them out to be.
Now for my only complaint...It's too preachy!!! I'm all for political statements here and there but this show is chalked full of them. Even if I agree with most of the political statements covered, it still comes across as very elitist with constant lecturing. To the point where one of the white male characters is on the show only so the entire cast can preach to him and put him in his place all the time. Are there men like this? Of course, a lot actually. But for some white men this show can be pretty insulting.
If you are the kind of person who can handle politics ingrained in your entertainment, then go for it! It's a really good show worth watching. If you are the kind of person who is looking for an escape from the constant politics engulfing our country right now and just want some laughs, I don't recommend this show. But that shouldn't take completely away from the quality of the show which is very good.
Unfortunately, this remake of Norman Lear's 1970s classic of the same name just isn't very interesting, or funny for that matter.
The first problem is the characters. They start out well, with the legendary Rita Moreno playing the old-school traditionalist widowed grandma, and Justina Machado in a very believable role of a frazzled, but mostly upbeat 40ish Cuban-American mom.
Unfortunately, the rest of the characters are terrible. Elena, the teen daughter, is an insufferable "social justice warrior" type, and not even in an entertaining way. Elena isn't there for comic relief. We're supposed to like her and take her politically correct obsessions seriously, which is incredibly hard to do. She comes off as a bratty, entitled, know-it-all teenager, and not in a compelling or interesting way. She's just unlikable.
The son, Alex, is around 14 years old, and is a one-note metrosexual character. There is nothing particularly interesting about him
Compare these two to the cute and spunky Barbara (what teenage boy in the '70s didn't have a crush on her?) and charming troublemaker Julie, of the original series. Lear's original featured two flawed, but likable teens who were easy to relate to. The ones on the current show range between insufferable and boring.
But that's not the worst part. The original series had delightful and humorous Schneider, who was slightly creepy and intrusive, but harmless. He pretty much made the series. Mention the original show to those around during that era, and their first thought will be, "Oh, the show with that funny Schneider guy!"
In the politically correct 2010s, the edgy, somewhat lecherous Schneider has been changed into a clueless buffoon living off Daddy's money. Even worse, the new Schneider simply exists to fill the "white privilege" role -- where he constantly tries hard to be a good liberal, but is constantly taught lessons that he's too dumb, white, and rich to understand the plight of the Hispanic working class. Oddly, while we are supposed to chuckle at his well-meaning ignorance (and notice the lessons he's constantly taught about class and race), somehow we're supposed to repeatedly overlook that he's also a womanizing jerk.
The irony is that "old" Schneider was a street-smart letch who purposely made inappropriate sexual comments, but in reality was harmless. New Schneider seems like a clueless-but-innocent dweeb on the surface, but in reality treats women like walking sex objects.
Oh, the politically correct hypocrisy!
Even beyond the characters, the show just isn't very interesting. The plots just aren't very compelling. It feels like they're trying really hard to be edgy and present a realistic view of the Cuban generation gap, but none of it held my interest at all. I couldn't continue watching after 4 episodes.
Norman Lear was quite left-of-center politically, and worked this into most of his shows. Even though I don't agree with Lear's politics, I found him to be a sitcom genius, and thought that his work was both hilarious and thought-provoking. I was able to look past the political preachiness because the rest of the product was such high quality.
Here, the show seems to exist solely to preach, and they've stripped everything from the original show which made it memorable and groundbreaking.
I'm giving it 3 stars because Moreno and Machado's characters were well drawn, and I liked what Gloria Estefan did with the theme music, transforming it from a whitebread Indianapolis theme to a Los Angeles Cuban version, while keeping the same lyrics and tone
I have no clue why so many people rated it 9-10. I feel like we're watching a different show.
"One Day at a Time", as with "I Love Lucy" "The Honeymooners" "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and most of the sit-coms of the 70s and 80s (including almost all of Norman Lear's output, including the original "One Day at a Time"), is filmed in front of a live audience. The laughter is not "canned". It is real. Real people laughing at what we are watching. No one is "telling us when to laugh".
Try attending the theater sometime. Maybe you'll understand.
Now that I've gotten that off my chest...
I love "One Day at a Time". The whole cast is great but watching 80- something legend Rita Moreno is a true joy. She is a force of nature, both when she performs and when she gives interviews. For those who complain of her accent, this is the woman who created Googie Gomez in "The Ritz".
Rita Moreno still loves to joke about her mother's accent. When she once chided her mother for her embarrassing mispronunciation of the word "beach" her mother replied "You know I always have trouble with my bowels."
This is the first sit-com I've gotten into in some time. It's smart, funny and often sad.
As others have said "Bring on Season Two!"
Victor the dad really is a jerk
The original version was about a mother and her two daughters which was very progressive at its time. It was a series about women and their struggles, a single mom trying to make ends meet and the love of a family. There was a connection with the casts.
The reboot feels like a bunch of people who are supposed to be a family, yet they have no chemistry. It all felt awkward. All the jokes and touchy moments fell flat. I could not wait for it to end.
And worst of all, Schneider in the new version is a rich hipster living on daddy's money and spending nights with women whose name he does not care to remember. Netflix really jumped the shark with the series. I have lost hope in Netflix. I am terrified to see what they have done to A Series of Unfortunate Events.
In conclusion, this series is not worth your limited binge hours for the month. Spend that time watching something else or watching the snow melt, it would be more pleasurable. 3/10
I think what they are attempting to do is try to do what Normal Lear accomplished so many years ago. Unfortunately, they don't come close to what he did. These days it's not really groundbreaking to have a minority family as the focus of a show. Just the fact that it's a Latino family doesn't automatically equal good writing. They are also trying to tackle issues such as PTSD and sexism and inequality in warm and fuzzy moments. Those same warm and fuzzy moments fall just as flat as the jokes. They come off as melodramatic and feel like something out of a "very special episode" of the 80's. They're trying too hard to include relevant issues in a sitcom the way Lear did. But it doesn't quite fit.
Overall, it's just not evenly, or well written. They could take a cue from "The Ranch" on how to deal with real issues in a way that mixes humor with heartfelt. Or just put on "Jane the Virgin" if you're really interested in getting some fun and positive images with a Latino family. That show is many heads and shoulders above this effort from Netflix. Then again this is still better than that Fuller House garbage they're trying to pass off as entertainment.
One of my favorite things about things about this show is that when they address controversial topics, the shows is careful to present different sides of the argument. It is rare to see this done on television. Overall, it does what it is meant to do very well.
Really?? As a Cuban-American I do not relate because the situations are not authentic. Call them Mexicans and it would probably work.
Rita Moreno is fantastic, though. The 3-camera and laugh track are so dated and annoying.
If you want to see a Cuban American family situation, watch Que Pasa USA? It is from the 70s, but as I watched it recently, the situations are still what they should be for Cubans.