One Day at a Time is a critically beloved reboot of a Norman Lear classic and stars the living legend Rita Moreno. The average Rotten Tomatoes score for the show's first three seasons is 99 percent. In the fall, TV Guide named it the fourth best series on TV right now. It's also one of the few shows featuring a predominantly Latinx cast, not to mention that one of its lead characters is a gay Latinx teen in a relationship with a nonbinary partner. The series also provides some of the most authentic and moving explorations of anxiety, depression, alcohol addiction and the Cuban-American experience. But it seems all of this is still not enough to secure a Season 4 renewal from Netflix... or at least not yet.
Co-showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett tweeted on Wednesday that she recently met with the streaming service about the sitcom's future, which turns out to be far from secured. "They made clear that they love the show, love how it serves underrepresented audiences, love its heart & humor, but...we need more viewers. They'll decide soon," she wrote. Kellett added a request to "tell friends to watch," and not even three hours later she shared that #RenewODAAT was trending worldwide.
Whoa! #RenewODAAT is trending worldwide!! Thank you!! New people, watch us! Live outside the US?? ...then DEFINITELY watch us! Thank you all! This love is overwhelming!! #RenewODAAT https://t.co/HwdejwbQ5l— Gloria Calderón Kellett (@everythingloria) February 21, 2019
Lear shared his gratitude at the outpouring of support, Vida showrunner Tanya Saracho posted a video of her watching the series in response and Joe Manganiello, who made a cameo in Season 3, asked his legions of followers to watch and retweet to spread the message.
Unselfishly, Glo is one of the best comedy writers in the biz and her show is FANTASTIC and one of the best shows currently running...— JOE MANGANIELLO (@JoeManganiello) February 21, 2019
Selfishly, I want to come back and play Schneider's sponsor again so go watch and retweet!!! #RenewODAAT #RenewOneDayatATime https://t.co/DqmQ0L3NuC
And then there were the countless fans who voiced their love of the series, calling out the various ways that it helped them or others.
#RenewODAAT this show is so important. it talks about toxic masculinity in a way that everyone can understand, it touches on gender & pronouns, sexuality, drug abuse, and so much more. not to mention it does it in a funny way that's not preachy. why is this even a discussion.— brooke 💓 (@brookespelleer) February 21, 2019
one day a a time is an important show that touches on subject like gender and pronouns, toxic masculinity, alcohol abuse, and so much more. this show is funny and heartwarming.— peter parker love bot (@blazingparker) February 21, 2019
it deserves another season... or two... or three. this show should continue on forever #RENEWODAAT pic.twitter.com/ihYykrQ8Vg
Sadly, this kind of grassroots campaign to save the show is quite familiar to the cast, crew and fans. Following the second season, critics and viewers alike campaigned for a Season 3 renewal, which they ultimately received two months after its second season dropped. "It's very meaningful and it's very important. But I have never, in my experience at least, seen critics, the TV critics I'm talking about, come out like this for a show," Moreno told TV Guide in June of the campaign for a third season.
Afterwards, in Vulture's in-depth look into Netflix's decision-making process, Cindy Holland, the vice president of original content, and Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer, revealed that one of the reasons they ultimately gave the comedy another season was that while it isn't the breakout hit they had anticipated, it serves several desirable audiences. "Latino for sure, LGBT for sure, female for sure. And it tells a different story than is being told on Netflix," Sarandos said.
This isn't to say that the passionate campaign ahead of the third season renewal didn't influence the decision, so Netflix, please consider this article our plea for a Season 4. The world is absolute chaos right now in so many ways, but One Day at a Time has become a source of consistent comfort over the past three years, and the Alvarez family has become a beacon of hope, finding the humor and heart in even the most difficult situations.
Don't take that away from us. Even Hemlock Grove got three seasons. Are you really trying to tell us One Day at a Time deserves the same amount of seasons as Hemlock Grove? C'mon. Just renew it. Or else we'll sic Eminem on you again.