The second season of One Day At A Time arrived on Netflix on Friday and after a spectacular first season, the second doesn’t disappoint and is even funnier then the first season was.
Please note that this review will cover the whole season and will contain spoilers.
The first season of One Day At A Time didn’t hold back to tackle the hard subject, and for some reason, I thought maybe season two wouldn’t tackle those big issues again, but boy was I wrong. From the very first episode, One Day At A Time tackled hard subjects and never gave up along the way. In the span of only 13 episodes, they talked about racism, preferred pronouns, deportation, the elections, depression and even death. And that’s not even all of it. But never did they do it in a way that was over the top and making fun of these subjects. No, instead they did it funnily, and respectfully that proved that sometimes remakes can work if you understand how to make one and create something new and not just recreate the original.
Contrary to the first season, season two didn’t have to deal with introducing the characters. No instead we hit the ground running and are thrown right back into the mix of the Alvarez family. It doesn’t take a lot of time to get back into the groove of their lives. The fact that we didn’t have to get to know these characters again helped the second season so much. It got to develop more of the relationships we loved but also create ones that maybe weren’t that emphasized in the first season.
What makes One Day At A Time so good is that it doesn’t try to be anything that we have seen before. It touches subjects we have never really got a chance to see on television, and it does it with an ease that is so refreshing. We laugh, we cry, we smile, we get angry, this show brings us all the emotions, and we get to experience it at the same time as the characters do. What is so great about this second outing is seeing the actors so much more comfortable in their role. Isabella Gomez and Marcel Ruiz shine as Elena and Alex, and you can tell that they are much more in their element this season, that they know the characters much more and are at ease with their acting choices.
But just like the first season, the season belongs to Justina Machado and Rita Moreno. While Moreno continues to be the comic relief of the show, Machado is the heart of it. The last episode of the season really allows her to be able to show her acting shop and will make you cry your eyes out. The chemistry between the two of them is wonderful and you can’t help but fall in love with the both of them all over again.
One Day At A Time is a funny and heartful show that is fun to watch and will have you not realize you have just binged a whole season in one sitting. Already renewed for a third season and with the first two seasons available to binge on Netflix, it’s a good show to watch when you need a good laugh.