Parents' Guide to

One Day at a Time

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

70's single-mom sitcom has feminist flair, mature themes.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Really good show, probably for older kids though.

The show is really amazing, and it tackles some really important issues in todays society such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ect. I highly suggest watching this show with an older child though, due to the more mature content. There is an episode on pornography, and some kids may feel uncomfortable watching that.

Is It Any Good?

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The fun and engaging series deliberately mixes humor with conflicts that reflect the social changes initiated by the 1970s women's movement. This feminist undercurrent creates the foundation for stories that women -- especially single and divorced women -- can relate to, including reentering the work force, fighting for child support, and raising children alone. It also focuses on teen-oriented issues, including virginity, teen suicide, and drug use.

Despite the weighty subject matter, One Day at a Time maintains its comic edge with the help of traditional sitcom jokes and gags. Schneider's distinct personality also creates lots of comic relief during the show's more serious moments. Some of the goofier antics of Ann Romano's daughters, especially Julie, also lighten the mood. But it's the overall series' ability to address controversial topics head-on that makes it stand out among other TV comedies of its time.

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