Netflix's One Day at a Time will be getting a season 3. The acclaimed series, which stars Justina Machado and Rita Moreno among others, opened 2018 with a new season. Now the revival of the the classic sitcom will be back for at least one more season, with 13 episodes premiering sometime in 2019.
Although Netflix has earned a far bit of acclaim for its dramas, it's struggled to have that type of successes with comedies. TV comedies have been either popular for Netflix or very favorably reviewed, but the two haven't often mixed. Netflix's sitcoms, particularly those set up in a traditional three camera format, have been the most harshly criticized, with Fuller House and The Ranch being considered two of the worst shows on the Netflix platform. One Day at a Time manages to buck the trend being both traditional, popular, and widely praised.
The news of a third season for One Day at a Time broke courtesy of Variety. The chances of One Day at a Time season 3 weren't assured, so fans took to social media after the second season premiered and no third season had been announced, petitioning Netflix to renew the series. Their efforts have clearly paid off, too.
Cast members Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Todd Grinnell, Stephen Toblowsky, Isabella Gomez, and Marcel Ruiz are all set to return for One Day at a Time season 3. The series' co-creators and co-showrunner, Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, will also return. Norman Lear, who created the original series, will be back as executive producer, joined by fellow producers Michael Garcia and Brent Miller. This indicates that season 3 will offer the same quality and wholesome content that fans have enjoyed from the show, thus far.
One Day at a Time takes its name from the 1970s/'80s sitcom of the same name. However, it's only loosely based on the original series, which is part of why it's one of the best "revivals" on TV. Netflix's One Day at a Time revolves around a single mother with two kids, but that's pretty much where the similarities to the original Bonnie Franklin led series end. The modern One Day at a Time follows a Cuban-American family led by single mom Penelope (Machado) and her own mother, Lydia (Moreno). Together, they raise Penelope's children - teenagers Elena and Alex - with "help" from their landlord, Schneider, and Penelope's boss, Dr. Leslie Berkowitz.
During its first two seasons, One Day at a Time managed to deftly balance traditional three-camera sitcom humor with discussions of serious issues. In the first season, most of the serious conversation revolved around Isabella Gomez' Elena as she struggled with her sexuality and eventually came out as gay. In the second season, things expanded to encompass bigger topics like gun control, racism, and immigration.
It's a very difficult balancing act to manage, yet Once Upon a Day pulls it off. It's for this reason that fans (and even those who haven't watched One Day a Time yet) should be very happy that the series is coming back for another season.
One Day at a Time season 3 premieres on Netflix sometime in 2019.