One Day At A Time — sounds familiar, that’s because it should — this new version is a reboot of the classic ’70s and ’80s Norman Lear sitcom. It is an American sitcom,a multi-camera comedy that follows three generations of the same Cuban-American family living in the same house : a newly divorced former military mother (Queen of the South‘s Justina Machado) as she navigates a new single life while raising her radical teenaged daughter (Matador‘s Isabella Gomez) and ‘tween son (Marcel Ruiz) started a new life together in Indianapolis , with the “help” of her old-school, Cuban-born mom (EGOT winner Rita Moreno) and a friends-without-benefits building manager named Dwayne Schneider (Grace and Frankie‘s Todd Grinnell). Together, these four main characters face life’s challenges together.
In this series two show business legends are involved: Rita Moreno, who is one of only two people in history to earn a Triple Crown of Acting (Oscar, Emmy and Tony), plays Lydia, Penelope’s mother; and 94-year-old Norman Lear himself executive-produces, with Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce serving as showrunners.
“One Day At A Time” is one of those great shows that came out of the 1970’s that showed how far women had come in terms of equality. This was the first sitcom to show a divorced woman who moves to Indianapolis,Indiana with her two daughters to start a new life for themselves. Created by Whitney Blake along with her husband Allan Manings and executive producer Norman Lear,this was one the CBS-TV network’s successful shows that had a strong running staying power of nine seasons producing 209 episodes from the groundbreaking premiere episode on December 16,1975 to the final episode of the series on May 28,1984. This was a sitcom that broke the mold in television history and it came out during the status of the women’s movement and not to mention the first series to deal with divorce and more importantly its effect on the children. More important,the show was revolutionary in taking on subjects head on and dealing with those situations which basically all or some were solved within a half-hour. “One Day At A Time” is right up there with the other Norman Lear classics and like those other shows it took on relevant issues head on which was something from the likes nobody wouldn’t expect when the series premiered in 1975. And it did this in grand style where a single woman can have a career,raise a family without the support of any man and can raise awareness concerning those issues affecting other women and her surrounding community. Revolutionary for its time when it premiered in late 1975 from Norman Lear,the man who brought us “All In The Family”,”Maude”,”Sanford and Son”,”Good Times”,and “The Jeffersons”.
Bonnie Franklin played the red-haired divorcée Ann Romano who was the mother of two hysterical teenage daughters;the oldest daughter Julie (Mackenzie Phillips),and the youngest Barbara(Valerie Bertinelli). The apartment handyman,Schneider(Pat Harrington,Jr.)was also somewhat of a protector and sometime mentor of Ann and her girls and came to help out in times of troubles or crisis. Nanette Fabray played her mother,and Richard Masur played Ann’s boyfriend after her divorce. Mary Louise-Wilson was the feisty sex symbol and Ann’s next door neighbor Ginny Wrobilcki.Overall this was a groundbreaking series that not only focus on divorce,but teen issues,drug abuse,alcoholism,the dangers of unprotected sex,rape,teen pregnancy,spousal abuse,and emotional problems.One episode dealt with the oldest daughter messing around with a junkie which was an episode(and a very good one I might add)that went toe to toe with the dangers of drugs and not to mention suicide where Ann risked her life to save her daughter from a neighborhood drug pusher in the community,which was Julie’s total loser of a boyfriend.
Rating, Reviews and Renewals :
One Day at a Time was best known in the 1980s as a staple of the CBS Sunday-night lineup, one of the most successful in TV history.
The series consistently ranked among the top twenty (if not the top ten) programs in the ratings. However, the network moved the show around on the prime time schedule eleven times. By the end of the 1982–83 season, viewership was beginning to slip and the series ended season eight ranking at No. 16. At this time, Bonnie Franklin and Valerie Bertinelli were anxious to move on, but agreed to do a ninth (and final) season.
|TV Season||Time Slot (ET)||Rank||Rating|
|1975-76||Tuesday at 9:30 pm||12||23.1|
|1976-77||Tuesday at 9:30 pm||8||23.4|
|1977-78||Tuesday at 9:30 pm (Episodes 1-15)
Monday at 9:30 pm (Episodes 16-24)
|1978-79||Monday at 9:30 pm (Episodes 1-13)
Wednesday at 9:00 pm (Episodes 14, 16-23)
Wednesday at 9:30 pm (Episode 15)
Sunday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 24-26)
|1979-80||Sunday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 1-17, 19-26)
Sunday at 8:00 pm (Episode 18)
|1980-81||Sunday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 1-9, 11-16, 19-21)
Sunday at 8:00 pm (Episode 10)
Sunday at 9:00 pm (Episode 17)
Sunday at 9:30 pm (Episode 18)
|1981-82||Sunday at 8:30 pm||10||22|
|1982-83||Sunday at 9:30 pm (Episodes 1-18)
Monday at 9:30 pm (Episodes 19-26)
|1983-84||Sunday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 1-6, 8-13)
Sunday at 9:00 pm (Episode 7)
Wednesday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 14-19)
Monday at 9:00 pm (Episodes 20-22)
Awards and honors :
- 1981, 1982:Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film to Valerie Bertinelli
- 1982:Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series to Alan Rafkin
- 1984:Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor – Comedy Series to Pat Harrington
One Day At A Time 2018 Release Date
Well, they only had to remake a jillion TV shows from yesteryear to finally get one exactly, perfectly right. Not only is Netflix’s reimagined “One Day at a Time” a joy to watch, it’s also the first time in many years that a multicamera sitcom (the kind filmed on a set with studio-audience laughter) has seemed so instinctively comfortable in its own skin.
At least some of this success is directly attributable to Norman Lear, the 94-year-old sitcom genius who counts the original “One Day at a Time”(which ran on CBS from 1975 to 1984) among his many successes, and lends his advice and approval to this new version as an executive producer.This “One Day at a Time,” which streams Friday with a 13-episode season, is much more than another nostalgia trip, yet it’s worth noting how much of the original story has traveled the decades intact.Updates for any new announcements would be given right here. Do stay tuned in for latest update on your favorite show.