Adventures in Binging: “One Day at a Time”

It’s no surprise that thanks to technology and the huge Netflix phenomenon, binging’s become normal in a lot of American households. Which is why I’ve decided to launch a new segment on this blog called, “Adventures in Binging”. I’ve also realized that I haven’t been very active on this blog as much as I would’ve liked to so hopefully from here on out, I’ll be posting more.

So to start, I binge-watched all of One Day at a Time a few weeks ago. This Netflix show has 2 seasons so far and was recently picked up for a 3rd season back in March. I found this show after seeing gifs or clips of the show on Tumblr, which I’ve also started using more in the last couple of months. But the post that I saw that really made me want to start watching this show was one where someone had written out all the great things about the show, which included being a show that embraced Cuban and Cuban-American culture, including a proud feminist and lesbian character in Elena Alvarez, portraying what it’s like to be a veteran in the U.S, among a multitude of other great things.

I’ve always been someone to support almost anything that promotes all-around diversity, so I watched the first episode. And then I watched the next one. And the next and so on, and it turned into a family affair. My younger sister and my mom started watching with me and it’s not hard to see why: it’s a show about family. Much like Black-ish, it’s a family show that deals with family but intermixes very relevant issues in America today and somehow balances all of those heavier emotional scenes with something that allows everyone to enjoy it: comedy.

I can’t count how many times I’ve watched the show and was laughing one minute and was in tears in the next scene. The Alvarez family goes through so much together: Elena realizes she’s gay and comes out and gets a range of responses from her family members, someone tells Alex to go back to Mexico (even though he’s Cuban), Penelope goes back to school, everyone finds out that Lydia isn’t a U.S citizen, and that’s just the really big storylines in this show. There are so many others that are so important and great and I’m so glad that the show was picked up for another season because TV needs more shows like this: ones that show what it’s really like to grow up in a house full of culture and what it’s like to live in America today.


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