When Netflix first decided to take on the reboot inspired by Norman Lear's original sitcom, One Day at a Time, people were ecstatic. The timeless classic that many of our parents grew up with was gifted with a new life and on a new platform!
The reboot followed a Cuban-American family, centering around the single, army veteran (and now a nurse), Penelope. The show followed Penelope through her life and interactions with her family, all of whom help her through the ups and downs of love – But not without cracking a few jokes, from time to time.
As heartwarming as it was to see the inspired revival of such an old classic, it's just as heartbreaking to hear that Netflix has canceled the show.
Let's take a step down memory lane for one moment...
via: GettyWhat is this original One Day at a Time show I keep referencing?
Well, it's a Norman Lear classic.
via: GettyNorman is an American television producer and writer, who produced many popular shows from the 1970s and on – including One Day at a time. Other shows include All in the Family, Maude, Sanford and Sons, The Jeffersons....etc. I could go on for a while, folks.
The original 'One Day at a Time' first aired in 1975.
via: GettyAnd ran on CBS until 1984. The show centered on a divorced mother and her two daughters, living in Indianapolis.
It became wildly popular among families in America...
via: GettyAs the show displayed characters with unnatural storylines and flaws. Ann Romano, the main character was a divorcee and single mother who began dating her divorce-lawyer. The show ran on prime-time hours, following the ups and downs of Ann, her relationship and her parenting efforts.
So you might be able to follow where the inspiration came from for the reboot...Much like Ann, viewers follow Penelope (Justina Machado) into a new life-situation as she is a recently-divorced woman, who's struggling through life's ups and downs.
The reboot of 'One Day at a Time' first aired in 2017.
via: GettyThe show became popular with viewers on Netflix, as it followed the age-old characteristics of a Norman Lear classic – who by the way, was executive producing. At 96 years old!
Along with divorce, 'One Day at a Time' tackled other important societal issues.One Day at a Time has highlighted issues Hispanic families in America face, along with PTSD and mental health commonalities between war veterans.
With a genuine storyline and a comedic cast, the show was able to amass great reviews.It also recieved nominations from the Teen Choice Awards, Critics' Choice Awards, The Emmys and more!
So when Netflix announced that the show would be canceled, people were surprised.
💔 https://t.co/pm3H8ev4Yu— Mike Royce (@Mike Royce)1552584898.0
"We worked with the best, most giving and talented cast, writers and crew ever, as well as the incomparable Norman Lear." Mike wrote.
via: GettyMike also went on to say that while the team is sad, they're also very appreciative of the experience they were able to have. *Cue more sobs*
So, why was the show canceled?
NEWS: Met with @Netflix about @OneDayAtATime S4 They made clear that they love the show, love how it serves underr… https://t.co/aDcHbB2XJQ— Gloria Calderón Kellett (@Gloria Calderón Kellett)1550698895.0
Netflix announced the cancelation on Twitter.
We’ve made the very difficult decision not to renew One Day At A Time for a fourth season. The choice did not come… https://t.co/ko7pUlDP93— Netflix (@Netflix)1552584609.0
They then thanked the cast and crew of the show...and followed it up with a heartfelt message.
And to anyone who felt seen or represented — possibly for the first time — by ODAAT, please don’t take this as an i… https://t.co/hyJmu1B3bn— Netflix (@Netflix)1552584734.0
But for now, I think we'll have to agree with Gloria Calderón Kellet on this one.
via: TwitterThe TV biz is no joke. If viewership tanks, there's often a tough decision that needs to be made. Unfortunately, no matter how heartwarming or progressive the storyline, business is business.
Even the man himself, Norman Lear, chimed in.He ended his note with, "Is there really so little room in business for love and laughter?" I'm with you, Norman.
And Lin-Manuel Miranda added his two cents.
Hey @nbc...I hear you like comedies with built-in fan bases that do even better on YOUR network than at their previ… https://t.co/DQJJoHgoMd— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin-Manuel Miranda)1552587613.0
Speaking of 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'...
One of the most beautiful moments I had on set of One Day At A Time was when I got to guest star. Rita Moreno invit… https://t.co/pVLdNeQmQ1— Stephanie Beatriz (@Stephanie Beatriz)1552588447.0
She shared a sweet story about her guest appearance on the set of the show.
@melissafumero She ushered us in and i stared at the pictures on her walls: winning a Tony Award, her with her fami… https://t.co/Ylb2Q99eaY— Stephanie Beatriz (@Stephanie Beatriz)1552588595.0
Moreno was an inspiration to Stephanie when she was younger.
@melissafumero I could barely breathe. When I was young I obsessed over Rita. I had her pictures on my wall as PROO… https://t.co/dnM2Uep4Qc— Stephanie Beatriz (@Stephanie Beatriz)1552588709.0
This is so cute...and funny.
@melissafumero she was so generous on set too, and funny as FUCK. I’ll never forget how kind she was and how specia… https://t.co/ITDPoyUKFq— Stephanie Beatriz (@Stephanie Beatriz)1552588808.0
Everyone pretty much had the same reaction about the cancelation.
from elena’s coming out narrative to penelope’s journey with anxiety and depression to schneider’s sobriety, one da… https://t.co/FiUrkqcQqX— kav | my girls are HERE send emotional assistance (@kav | my girls are HERE send emotional assistance)1552598757.0
Schneider was finally accepted as an official Alvarez and were not even gonna see him live out his literal dream???… https://t.co/H8HcA5HSWZ— Abbie|🦢 (@Abbie|🦢)1552598054.0
Some viewers decided to give Netflix some sass...I mean, if they didn't really promote the show, then how was it going to get viewer? They've made a great point. Can you believe???
There's even some really relatable lines from the show that really displays how the internet feels about this.I'm not joking, all of Twitter is in an uproar about this.
Like, some really good lines.You can't help but laugh at them.
Here's some more 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' humor for ya.Sorry, Netflix. Don't hate us! Just, like...bring the show back.
And speaking of bringing the show back...I'll leave you with a few of these cryptic tweets.
What do you mean, Isabella?Give us some answers! Everyone knows we could use a little bit of good news.
Lin-Manuel Miranda Retweeted Isabella's post...
@Lin_Manuel To be continued...— Norman Lear (@Norman Lear)1552596209.0