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Fans Take Cancellation ‘One Day at a Time’

Sydney Johnson, IV Leader Cultural Editor

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Fans were shocked when Netflix canceled “One Day at a Time” in March.

The sitcom follows the life of the fictional Alvarez family, a Cuban-American family comprised of single-mother Penelope, played by Justino Machado, siblings Elena and Alex, played by Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz, and live-in grandmother Lydia, played by Rita Moreno.

“One Day at a Time” isn’t afraid to be serious. It handles many important topics, from alcoholism to racism to homophobia, in a nuanced way, cracking jokes but never making fun of the subject.

In the show Penelope is a single mother and a veteran. This causes some stress for her, and she suffers from depression and anxiety.

The show doesn’t make light of her mental health issues. One episode centers around Penelope going off her antidepressants and stopping going to therapy.

She reasoned that she was better and didn’t need them anymore, but by the end of the episode she realized that it’s something she will have to deal with her whole life.

“[The show] taught great life lessons and also talked about issues that many mainstream TV shows aren’t addressing,” said IVCC student and fan of the show, Presli Lovell. “Other shows deal with [these topics] but I feel like ‘One Day at a Time’ addresses [them] better and realistically.”

The show’s cancellation caused an outcry among not just fans, but also those who had never heard of the show before.

The hashtag #SaveODAAT trended on Twitter. It was most notably tweeted by Lin Manuel Miranda, who helped save “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” from cancellation. He tweeted to NBC, the new home of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” to pick up this show as well.

“Hey @nbc,” Miranda tweeted. “I hear you like comedies with built-in fan bases that do even better on YOUR network than at their previous homes.”

Others who tweeted in favor of the show include Karamo Brown from Netflix’s own hit show “Queer Eye,” and Melissa Fumero and Stephanie Beatriz from “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Fumero and Beatriz both guest-starred in the season three premiere. 

“I wish I could understand Netflix’ decision to not pick us up for a fourth [season],” tweeted Norman Lear, the show’s executive producer. “Is there really so little room in business for love and laughter?”

Netflix cited low viewership as the reason the show wasn’t renewed for a fourth season.

The series is currently being shopped around to other networks in the hopes that it will be picked up.

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Fans Take Cancellation ‘One Day at a Time’