If you grew up in the 70s (or, like me, your parents did) then you may have heard of a little sitcom called One Day At A Time, a show that was hugely popular in it’s day but has long since been taken off the air. Netflix recently revived it and it made it’s debut early last month – with a few notable changes from the original. I hadn’t heard any promo for the show but one night (when I should have been doing something else – like, sleeping) I started watching it and couldn’t stop. I was hooked, my family was hooked, and apparently all of Tumblr is hooked. Here are 3 reasons why:
Reason #1: Say it with me now: ‘Rep-re-sen-ta-tion’
There are a lot of shows that claim to be representational but the truth is that it’s easier said than done. Representation is about layers: race AND gender AND sexuality AND class. It’s not enough to just pick one and call it done. With a female lead and an array of strong supporting female characters – women of colour, no less, this show is already leaps and bounds ahead of the rest. I don’t want to give away any spoilers but as the show progresses there are more layers of representation that are added which all work together to create the kind of depth that is often lacking in other shows.
Reason #2: They deal with the tough stuff
Single parents; mental health issues; teens and identities; navigating familial relationships; immigration. These are just some of the things that the show covers in it’s 13 episodes. What’s more is that they cover them well. Sitcoms are notorious for creating episodes that deal with certain subjects and that’s really great, but after that episode it’s like it never happened which makes it seem like an easy fix. What I really appreciate with this show is that the issues remain prevalent throughout the entire season.
Reason #3: It’s hilarious
They may be dealing with the tough stuff, but this show is not short on laughs. In fact, I started watching it on a whim one night and ten minutes in I found myself actually laughing out loud, real laughing, and that’s why I decided to keep watching. It’s funny without trying too hard which I really appreciate. Sometimes sitcoms can have an over-the-top, almost obnoxious sense of humour that feels tired, you know? This show is fresh and honest and funny.