Today in ‘Well this sucks’ news, Netflix cancelled their acclaimed sitcom One Day at a Time after three seasons. There had been great concerns over the show’s fate when co-creators Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce took to social media to encourage viewers to tune in since the streaming service had expressed cynicism over its viewership numbers.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos released a statement expressing his sadness over his own decision, saying, ‘This was a very difficult decision and we’re thankful to all the fans who’ve supported the series, our partners at Sony, and all the critics who embraced it. While it’s disappointing that more viewers didn’t discover One Day at a Time, I believe the series will stand the test of time.’
As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, the show was owned by Sony Pictures Television, meaning the streamer had to pay a licensing fee to run it, and that probably encouraged them to go forward with the cancellation. The streaming service want 50 percent original content that they wholly own on the platform as their end goal, which is probably one of the reasons they’ve been a bit more willing to cull under-performing shows of late.
The matter was not at all helped by Netflix’s totes relatable and adorkable Twitter account trying to pretend it was just as sad about its corporate decision making as everyone else.
And to anyone who felt seen or represented — possibly for the first time — by ODAAT, please don’t take this as an indication your story is not important. The outpouring of love for this show is a firm reminder to us that we must continue finding ways to tell these stories.— Netflix US (@netflix) March 14, 2019
So thanks a lot, Netflix, for cancelling one of my favourite shows ever as well as the best sitcom on television right now, one universally beloved by critics and one that easily stands as a necessary and cathartic viewing experience for audiences in 2019.
Seriously, One Day at a Time is the family sitcom that the Roseanne reboot, hailed as the voice of the silent working class majority in the Trump age, wishes it was. It was consistently hilarious, endlessly moving, unabashedly progressive, and helmed by some of the best comedy performances of the past few years. Justina Machado deserves to be a huge star based on her performance as Penelope, juggling broad comedic wit with moments of dramatic heft that left me in tears. It was exciting and comforting to see a comedy that was simultaneously relatable on a universal level and proud of its cultural and political specificity. How many other shows on television were tackling issues like this with such ease and warmth?
I’d love to be gracious and tell you all I’m happy for the seasons we got from Netflix, but I wanted more. I was happy to be forming my annual tradition of binge-watching the new season the day it dropped and crying hysterically for most of it. If you haven’t seen the show before, please check it out now. What we do have is wonderful and deserves your love.