Netflix’s Latinx sitcom One Day at a Time hasn’t been renewed for a third season yet, in spite of massive fan support, and now the National Hispanic Media Coalition, UnidosUS, Voto Latino, NALIP, and other Latino media and civil rights organizations have released an open letter to the streaming company asking for them to save the series.
The letter emphasizes that the Latino community makes up for 17.8% of the nation’s total population, and by 2050 will rise up to 30%. At the same time, Latinx communities are “72% more likely to stream video than any other group.” So it would be in the company’s best interest to reup the show, especially in light of its Latinx cast in front of the camera, the behind the camera work of showrunner Gloria Calderon Kellett, and its prescient explorations of topics like immigration, PTSD, and shifting perspectives between Latino generations. The letter goes on to praise the series as a “guiding light” that audiences embrace because of its “authenticity.” In a world where Latinos today only take up 5.8% of speaking roles on today’s television, much of which is often centered around the narco culture, One Day at a Time is a series about Latino success and optimism.
Good morning to everyone except the people who have not renewed "One Day At a Time" or "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" yet.
— Margaret Lyons (@margeincharge) March 15, 2018
Why. Hasn’t. @OneDayAtATime. Been. Renewed. Yet?
— Dana Piccoli (@DanaPiccoli) March 15, 2018
— Dened Rey Moreno (@Hajabeg) March 16, 2018
The series is a juggernaut if social media response is anything to go off of. Not a day goes by that someone isn’t quoting one of the fierce Alvarez women, and in light of recent news that the series hasn’t been renewed for a third season, social media has been fierce in demanding Netflix renew it. Over the last several weeks fans have been doing online live-tweeting of episodes in the hopes of boosting the numbers to entice Netflix’s decision. Netflix has attempted to win over Latino viewers with a bevy of Spanish-language television, but One Day at a Time is transcending its racial conventions, being accessible to audiences of all races and it’s something to be valued. Hopefully this letter finally forces Netflix’s hand and we get to visit the Alvarez household one day more!
YESSS I love that show! It was a breath of fresh air to see a hilarious, heart warming, and SMART portrayal of a Latino family. I was constantly nodding or tearing up by how accurate and real the stories were. Netflix, PLEASE RENEW
— Mariana Esquer (@esquerdemari) March 15, 2018
PLS WATCH ONE DAY AT A TIME!
This show is so important. It has a female-led, latinx, LGBTQIA+, mental health. so pls go watch it & if you already did, pls spread the world the importance of this show so they can watch it too!@NETFLIX PLS RENEW IT (DON'T CANCEL IT)
— dani. (@miasthermopolis) March 11, 2018
Fun fact about @OneDayAtATime SEASON TWO:
Our directors were ALL either women, POC or BOTH
Our writing staff is 50% female and 50% POC & 20% LGBTQIA+
Our guest cast was 61% female & 50% POC & disabled
Inclusive in front of and behind the camera. Watch some episodes tonight!
— Gloria Calderón Kellett (@everythingloria) March 6, 2018