One Day at a Time

This one has made me cry multiple times.

The story focuses on a Cuban family who are proud of their heritage. The show deals with issues like immigration, queer families in uber Christian households, and veterans returning to civilian life.

This show is honestly the closest I have ever seen in reflecting what my life was like growing up. When I say I cried, I mean that I sat there going through every emotion under the sun in the span of seven minutes. The season finale is intense. It shows men unafraid to not know “manly” things, to be concerned with their appearance, to be themselves in the face of adversity. It shows women stepping up to the tasks that the world says they can’t do, supporting each other even in times of anger at the other, and (one of the more intense ones to me) stepping out of their social norms to express love to each other.

The show features a gay main character and a nonbinary partner, which is a pretty big deal. The humor in their pronouns doesn’t come from making fun of the character but from the family trying to get across whether “they” in a sentence someone else said is plural or singular.

I highly recommend this show to anyone who enjoys sitcoms. It’s refreshing and sweet. Beware that in the second half of the season, you will need a pack of tissues to cry into.

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