A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Divorce, single parenthood, family, feminism, adolescence, and lots more life challenges are addressed. Integrity is a major theme.
Positive Role Models
Ann Romano is a strong single mom; she works hard for her family and to keep good relationships with her daughters.
Violence & Scariness
Occasional arguments. Topics include violent accidents, death, suicide (nothing shown).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Dating, sex, birth control, virginity, sexuality discussed.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking, drugs occasional themes. Schneider folds cigarette boxes in his sleeves.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that One Day at a Time (1975–1984) is a comedy that addresses the issues that were contemporary in its time, mainly relating to women and female adolescence. It's milder than some of today's TV sitcoms, but it's still a bit strong for younger viewers thanks to some mature themes including divorce, sex, virginity, birth control, drug use, and suicide, just to name a few. Whole-family watching can definitely open up doors for communicating about some of these issues with tweens and teens.
Is It Any Good?
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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