One Day at a Time returned to our teeves final night time, and the timing couldn’t have been higher. After a prolonged battle with Netflix, the fan favourite arrived on PopTV — now in weekly installments and with commercials — to a lot fan pleasure and even a worldwide Twitter development. Our TV Staff obtained collectively to talk in regards to the premiere. We’d love to listen to your ideas within the feedback!


Heather: When One Day at a Time was in limbo, the factor all of us — and so many different individuals — mentioned, repeatedly, was that we want this present now greater than ever. And that felt more true than ever final night time. How did it really feel to have the Alvarez household again in your front room/bed room particularly throughout this fraught second in historical past?

Valerie Anne: It was such a…RELIEF. It felt like a hug, like a breath of contemporary air. Neither of which I’m getting a lot of as of late. I’m so, so, so joyful they discovered a brand new house, and I liked that it began off with that lil dig at Netflix.

Kayla Kumari: THAT DIG AT NETFLIX WAS EVERYTHING. Drag them to hell for canceling an ideal present.

Natalie: Sure! Because the episode ended, I felt a palpable sense of gratitude to Gloria Calderon Kellett, Mike Royce and everybody who helped make Season 4 a actuality. To have this present on the air at this second — even when Netflix had renewed the present, it possible would have debuted in January — it simply felt fated. We would have liked this present at this second and I used to be so grateful for it.

Drew: I binge watched the primary three seasons final February once I had meals poisoning, so I already knew that it could be the proper stuck-at-home consolation. And it didn’t disappoint. Given how fraught issues are politically in addition to personally it’s particularly good to know we’ll have a consolation present that isn’t a mere distraction. ODAAT’s energy comes from being an utter delight whereas remaining totally grounded in our world. I want I might watch a complete season, but it surely’s going to be very nice having just a little style every week.

Heather: I believe that’s a extremely nice level, Drew. I assumed I used to be going to be bummed to not be capable of binge it, however now I’m really relieved to have one thing to sit up for this week. This present is about survival in so some ways, each in its narrative and in its off-screen victories, and I would like that heat reminder proper now greater than ever.


Heather: “Checking Packing containers” dropped us again into the center of the story, but it surely additionally served as a drop-off level for brand spanking new viewers. I assumed the census was a intelligent little approach to exposit that and notably liked Elena being like HI I’M GAY CHECK THAT BOX PLEASE. How do you’re feeling just like the present did marrying its outdated and new audiences?

Valerie Anne: I’ll be sincere, I used to be having such enjoyable with the episode and seeing my favourite household once more that I didn’t even understand it was exposition till somebody mentioned it on Twitter. I believe it was the proper approach to welcome new and outdated audiences into the Alvarez family. And I believe it was nice that Syd was there yo get their pronouns out of the best way proper off the bat in order that they didn’t must wedge it in awkwardly later.

Heather: I really like watching Lydia casually use Syd’s appropriate pronouns. It warms my coronary heart up each time. I additionally liked this scene as a result of it jogged my memory of Natalie’s fixed quest to get everybody to fill out the census.

Natalie: I’ll by no means cease encouraging people to fill out the census! It’s not glamorous however, except for voting, it’s one of the crucial vital ways in which the common individual can have an effect on democracy. The decennial census determines a lot about how cash is allotted and the scale of Congressional delegations and, traditionally, Latinx communities have been reluctant to take part…particularly given the political second we’re in. I liked listening to the present appropriate some misnomers in regards to the census and encourage participation (in case you haven’t already, you may fill out your census on-line now!)

Kayla Kumari: The exposition on this scene was so good and natural! Not even simply by way of the characters as people but additionally their dynamics with one another. Lydia and Alex’s tremendous shut relationship; Penelope’s dynamic with Lydia; Elena and Syd’s tremendous candy (and nerdy) relationship. I’ve all the time liked the precise and convincing relationship dynamics on this present throughout the household and their chosen members of the family too, and this scene units all that up reasonably succinctly for brand spanking new viewers.

Drew: I agree it was such an efficient approach to introduce the present to new viewers! I’m unsure it was fairly as seamless for me – I used to be very conscious what they have been doing – however given the problem of introducing all these characters and their dynamics in such a short while I believe it was carried out very well.

Natalie: I agree, Drew! As somebody who’s watched the primary three seasons of this present a number of occasions, it felt just a little cheated…like, “we solely have 22 minutes, I don’t have to see this!” however, because it occurred, I watched the episode with my mother (#quarantinelife) and she or he’s by no means seen the present earlier than and it actually helped her join with the household immediately. Suffice to say, she’s about to spend the following few weeks watching the sooner seasons on Netflix.


Heather: Let’s speak about Elena! It’s so humorous to me that she is a young person and but stays extra relatable to me than so many different homosexual grownup characters. She’s assured and is aware of precisely who she is! And but, she’s continuously spinning out! I liked her storyline with Syd this episode and the way they’re persevering with to develop as particular person characters and as a pair.

Valerie Anne: I find it irresistible as a result of I believe it’s so indicative of the altering occasions. Queer teen tales was once about secrets and techniques and fraught coming outs, and positive there may be nonetheless room for that, but additionally so many teenagers at the moment are being hilarious and homosexual on tiktok for all of the world to see. They’re queer and proud and captivated with it. So I really like seeing that in Elena. Additionally Elena’s path from “possibly I ought to break up with Syd proper now” all the best way again to “oh gods I can by no means break up with Syd” all in mainly one run-on sentence was extraordinarily relatable.

Natalie: That lengthy run-on sentence was, maybe, my favourite a part of the whole episode. Hilarious and relatable.

Kayla Kumari: Elena has been one of the crucial relatable tv characters for me lately. She’s sort of like a coming collectively of my youthful self (who was very intense, nerdy, passionate, and politically outspoken however closeted) and my present self (ALL THOSE THINGS I WAS BEFORE BUT NOW GAY). I really like her storyline with Syd on this premiere! I really like how this present engages with lesbian stereotypes in ways in which really feel contemporary and plausible.

Drew: Throughout all of the seasons the present has carried out issues with Elena that appear so apparent looking back however are merely lacking from our screens. I really like that she’s getting this storyline that’s nonetheless tremendous homosexual, but additionally a relationship problem completely separate from gayness. Most of us have had experiences the place we had to decide on between being sensible and following our emotions and it feels so true to Elena’s character that she could be decided to be mature however then have too many emotions. Elena stays extremely relatable and whereas I’m so joyful to have the whole household again on TV I’m happiest to have her.

Natalie: I believe the present’s struck a extremely nice steadiness at having Elena be this nice queer character and having her simply be a daily teenager. There was a second throughout the episode, when Elena’s hyperventilating over her “break-up” with Syd, she asks her mother how she goes by means of life with no accomplice who cares about her. It made me wince but it surely additionally jogged my memory that she’s very a lot a young person. She’s nonetheless going to be just a little self-obsessed, she’s nonetheless going to be vulnerable to spinning out…as a result of she’s a young person.


Heather: Did y’all see ODAAT’s writers tweeted a full record of Lydia impersonating Elena? Tag your self.

Valerie Anne: I’m positively carrying my nerd outfit and speaking about nerd stuff.

Heather: Mmm hmm, identical.

Kayla Kumari: Hi there good to fulfill you I’m “about to go march for one thing in my ugly footwear.”

Drew: Unquestionably I’m “everybody else has fallen asleep whereas I used to be speaking need to come over?”

Natalie: I believe everyone knows I’m “simply right here boring everybody to loss of life with some misplaced trigger.”


Heather: What different storylines labored for you from the premiere and the place do you hope to see them go over the course of the season?

Valerie Anne: I believe it will likely be fascinating to observe Elena and Syd navigate their relationship; I do know they assume they’re going to strive courting in school, however can they even make it that far? Youngsters are very fickle!! It’ll even be fascinating to see what occurs as different individuals within the household begin bringing vital others round. I’m dying to see Lydia meet Max’s girlfriend. I believe that will probably be a parade of joyful nonsense. And extra of Penelope’s help group!! I really like that gaggle of gals a lot.

Drew: I’m so sorry, everybody, however I form of hope Elena and Syd don’t work out. I perceive the impulse to need Elena’s past love story to be a hit, however actually it already is one. Most youngsters – particularly progressive queer youngsters – don’t stick with their first accomplice. I actually appreciated Elena recognizing that on this episode! I’d like to see Elena and Syd proceed to navigate this and it finish in a approach that feels as genuine as each different a part of Elena’s story. However that is likely to be for season 5! I don’t know the timeline of this season. If Elena nonetheless doesn’t know if she obtained into Yale then she has loads of time nonetheless at house. I’m conscious you requested for different storylines and all I’ve carried out is speak about Elena. I’m sorry. I’m homosexual.

Natalie: You aren’t alone, Drew. I believe it’s implausible to have these two characters keep collectively longterm. I’m hoping that Elena and Syd don’t work out both…or, on the very least, that Elena meets somebody who challenges her relationship with Syd in a really possible way. Possibly somebody who doesn’t have as a lot in widespread with Elena as Syd does.

Heather: The weirdest factor about this present is how a lot I care about each single individual and never simply the homosexual characters. I need to watch Penelope navigate her skilled success and what meaning for her household financially, to proceed to bond together with her help group, to observe Lydia develop in her understanding of Penelope’s PTSD and anxiousness and melancholy, to observe Lydia gentle up every little thing and dwell and love and train and be taught, and in addition — like Valerie mentioned — meet The Girlfriend. I additionally simply need to hang around with them and absorb all of their love and knowledge. I’ve not too long ago discovered myself wishing, nearly hourly, that I used to be again in Georgia sitting on a lawnchair in my grandparents’ large yard, six ft away from them, simply listening to the comforting cadence of the tales they’ve informed me and one another a thousand occasions. That is as near that as I can get, and I’m cherishing each minute.

Natalie: I agree with you, Heather… I positively discover myself caring about all of the storylines on the canvas. Even Schneider.

I really like that Penelope’s help group remains to be part of the present…it could’ve been such a straightforward factor to chop within the transition from Netflix to Pop TV. Not solely does it supply an outlet for Penelope exterior the household, but it surely’s such a various group and provides one thing great to the present.

I’m anxious to see how Papito’s girlfriend is launched to the household and the way she’ll mesh with Elena and Lydia. I need to know what occurred on Dr. Berkowitz and Lydia’s journey to Cuba and the way that’s impacted her.





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