Netflix cancels "One Day at a Time," fans express frustration

The cast of One Day at a Time. Photo by

Netflix announced they will not renew “One Day at a Time,” after three seasons due to lack of viewers. Fans of the show are fighting back, praising the show’s diversity, especially in its representation of LGBTQ+ relationships.

The show follows a Cuban-American family in Los Angeles and tackled issues such as immigration, PTSD, sexism, and homophobia. One main character of the show, Elena, comes out to her mother as gay, and she eventually has a relationship with a girl. 

The show has been praised for its portrayal of coming out, especially in how it showed the mother’s struggle in handling the news and the difficulties of being Latinx and queer.  

“When we do see complex characters of parents with LGBTQ+ children in major TV shows, they’re usually white,” wrote Julio Saldago in Rewire News.

Netflix released a statement on Twitter about the cancellation, quoted below.  

“To anyone who felt seen or represented, possibly for the first time, by ODAAT, please don’t take this as an indication your story is not important. The outpouring of love for this show is a firm reminder to us that we must continue finding ways to tell these stories.”

After the announcement, fans expressed frustration and confusion, using the hashtag #SaveODAAT on Twitter and starting online petitions urging Netflix to renew the show, one of which has over 85,000 signatures. Even “Hamilton” writer and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda weighed in on the importance of Latinx representation.

The viewer statistics have not been released, but the show received a 91 percent on and a critic rating of 98 percent, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

As of now, the three seasons are still available on Netflix.

Copyright The Gayly 3/22/2019 12:52 CST