In yet another case of a critically acclaimed series failing to find a large audience and being subsequently canceled, Netflix has axed its reboot of One Day at a Time shortly after the release of season 3. A reimagining of the ‘80s sitcom of the same name, the series brought back legendary TV creator Norman Lear to work with creators Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, for an update on the series that focused on a Cuban-American family in present-day Florida. The series starred Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez, a single mother raising her two kids, Elena (Isabella Gomez) and Alex (Marcel Ruiz) with the help of her mother Lydia Riera (played by another legend, Rita Moreno). And, much like the original series, the family was a surrogate to building superintendent Schneider (Todd Grinnell).
The series went on to become one of Netflix’s most acclaimed comedies, one that was a multicam sitcom to boot. As one of a seemingly dying breed of sitcoms (streaming or otherwise) filmed in front of a live studio audience, One Day at a Time helped reinvigorate the format. It did so partly by proving that sitcoms needn’t be jokes perpetually in search of punchline. Though the series had its fair share of jokey moments, it also covered more serious topics like PTSD, depression, and sexuality.
Unfortunately, despite its acclaim and the seemingly vocal campaigns on social media calling on Netflix subscribers to watch, One Day at a Time was never the hit the streaming giant wanted it to be and has since been canceled. Though the likelihood of Netflix revealing what the show’s numbers really were are slim to none, there were calls from the cast and creators ahead of the season 3 renewal for fans to show their support for the show, appeasing the Almighty Algorithm by adding it to the queue and bingeing the first two seasons. Check out the official statement by Netflix and by Royce on Twitter below:
We’ve made the very difficult decision not to renew One Day At A Time for a fourth season. The choice did not come easily — we spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end simply not enough people watched to justify another season.— Netflix US (@netflix) March 14, 2019
As per usual, news of the cancelation has caused a stir on social media, with many people calling for other networks or streaming services to pick the show up for a fourth season. That puts the fate of One Day at a Time in the hands of more traditional homes of multi-camera sitcoms, like ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. Hulu is also an option, though given how recent the news of the show’s cancelation is, it’s anyone’s guess whether or not fans’ll be watching season 4 of One Day at a Time on its new home or if they’ll have to settle for rewatching the first three seasons on Netflix.
One Day at a Time seasons 1-3 are currently available to stream on Netflix.