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These Quotes From ‘One Day At A Time’ Are Too Relatable For Every Latino Watching

Netflix’s “One Day at a Time” reboot is truly a flawless work of art. There’s so much healing to be had watching a Cuban family on screen be unapologetically Cuban navigating the present day realities of anxiety, depression, post-war veteran issues, and raising feminist children with an old school abuelita in the house.

This show has historically guaranteed a consistent ratio of five good laughs to every good cry per season. The latest season brought that ratio up tenfold since Lydia had no health scares and nobody was rejected by their father for their sexuality. Pure jaja’s here on out.

When Lupe took advantage of Lydia’s inexperience with hotel nightstands.

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Lupe: “Mami, look what I got you.”

Lydia: “A Bible? And you arranged for this?”

Lupe: “Yeah.”

So touching. ????

When Lupe jokes about taking soda from the minibar.

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She’s not wrong. Lupe is no bobo. She brought sandbags to account for the weight sensors and will replace them later. Relatable.

When Lupe tries to teach Elena how to drive.

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Elena: “You’re watching me parallel park and screaming, ‘WE’RE ALL GONNA DIE.'”

Lupe: “Yeah. That’s how you teach someone to drive.”

Real life script from all our driving lessons with Mami saying, “Hurry up and slow down.” Perdón, what?! ????

When Alex used the word “Yeezy” in a sentence and Lydia responds like this:

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Alex was indefinitely grounded like every other good Cuban boy and wanted his abuela to go buy the “new Yeezys that drop tomorrow.” Lydia goes, “I just talked to Jesus and he didn’t say anything.”

And then when Lupe discovers her son spent $300 on a pair of shoes.

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Lupe: “$300 for a pair of shoes? They better come with $280 stuffed in them.”

When Alex nailed how every family gathering feels.

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I mean, it was a funeral so maybe poor taste but so true. They’re all coming at you, arms outstretched, smearing their red lipstick on your face to mark you. ????

When even Obama couldn’t convince Lupe that Alex could smoke pot.

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Alex: “Besides, tons of successful people have smoked weed. Barack Obama. Steve Jobs. Oprah.”

Lupe: “Unemployed, dead and Gayle just said that to get ratings.”

When Lydia enabled toxic masculinity in her grandson.

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Lydia: “Pobrecito, Papito, he was so said because he asked Chloe out and she said no. But what did I tell you? “You keep trying. Wear her down. Don’t take no for an answer.” And tiki toki now he has a girlfriend.”

Lupe: “Mami, you literally told Alex that no means yes?”

Lydia: “Oh, nooo, no. What I said was, ‘Every no is a yes in disguise.'” ????

When, on Valentine’s Day, Alex felt the need to point out that he’s not in a relationship with his abuelita.

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Lydia: “It’s nice to have so many couples under one roof.”

Leslie: “Yeah. I’m your classic ninth wheel.”

Alex: “I just need to say it. Abuelita and I are not together.”

Abuela’s favoritism over the first-born grandson can be creepy, verdad.

When the competition for most overprotective parent ended like this.

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Mateo: “I didn’t even let him go on a sleepover till he was 14.”

Lupe: “You let a baby sleep over at a stranger’s house? We didn’t even have furniture with corners on it until Alex was 12.”

And then they had their first kiss. Latinos.

When the only way you can fool around with your novio is when your mom is in the bathroom.

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Elena: “Remember that time she had food poisoning?”

Syd: “That was so hot.”

The gig’s up, kids.

When Elena sees gay everywhere except the obvious.

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Elena: “[Cousin Pilar] the only gay in the family.”

Flavio: “Do you have any chapstick? Pero if it’s not Fenty by Rihanna then I don’t even want to look at it.”

Elena: “Not now, Flavio!”

When Elena was the only one who would want to wear a “V.A.G.” dad hat.

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Schneider originally made it for Elena’s dad, an acronym for Victor Alvarez Guapísimo. He was like, “yeah, I’m not going to wear that.” Go, Elena!

When Lydia pronounced “masterpiece” as “master-piss.”

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It’s on her “bouqet” list. Not bucket list. It’s an “arrangement” of beautiful things she wants to do before she kicks the bucket.

When Lupe’s sex talk became the story of how she became Tunelope.

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Lupe: “One day, you’re fine. Next day, you have sex. The day after that, the boy you lost your virginity to doesn’t call you back, and you’re filling the glove compartment of his Camaro with tuna so he knows he messed with the wrong girl. Then, you’re called “Tunelope” for the rest of high school. Worth it? Yes.”

Turns out, Elena didn’t have sex, but she became a woman after stealing hotel toiletries.

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It was a very touching moment that we can all relate to. That cookie tin of hotel toiletries overfloweth.

When Lydia’s conspiracy theory gets in the way of writing her recipes down.

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Lupe: “Mami just write down the recipes, then we can have them forever.”

Lydia: “I cannot do that. My sister Mirtha will break in, she will steal the recipes, she will rappel out the window and tiky toky, she will be on The Food Network winning the Chopped.”

When the vieja inevitably threatens her death to get what she wants.

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We’ve all heard this in all its most insidious forms before: “One day, when I’m not here, I hope your children treat you the same you did me.” It’s savage.

And then when you come around and say, “I hope you never die,” they have to ruin the moment.

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Ooh, Lydia. Why you gotta ruin such a touching moment?

When Lupe strategically put Alex in a red and white stripe shirt so she could spy on him later.

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Schneider: “Oh my god, you “Waldo-ed” him.”

Lupe: “Ayy, there’s my Waldito.”

When the MAGA bomb drops.

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We wish every real-life moment of a tía saying this kind of ish ended with the episode going dark. Praying Lupe teaches us how to deal with this in Season 4.

READ: The All-Time Best Quotes From Lydia On ODAAT That Are Too Relatable

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‘One Day At a Time’ Has Been Canceled (Again)

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‘One Day At a Time’ Has Been Canceled (Again)

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Fan-favorite sitcom “One Day At a Time” has, once again, been canceled. The rebooted show that centered on a Cuban-American family in Los Angeles originally streamed on Netflix and then moved to the Pop network after Netflix pulled the plug in 2019.

But now, Pop has also decided not to renew the series, disappointing fans everywhere.

Like the first time the show was cancelled, viewers took to social media to grieve. “You know how there are only some jokes that only your Latino friends get?,” wrote one Twitter user. “ODAAT was that one show where we got that humor. Like those conversations with each other where we open up about things we can’t even tell our parents. Mental health, identity, etc. It’s so important.”

Just recently, the show’s producers talked about their plans for the upcoming season. “We have so much more to tell, and especially with everything that’s going on in this world, every day, I’m like, oh my gosh, Elena would say this. Elena would say that. Elena would say this. It’s just ripe with things that this family would be talking about,” producer Gloria Calderon Kellett told Deadline. “This family, we have so much for them to go through still.”

Like in the aftermath of the last cancellation, the cast of the series took to social media to kickstart a campaign to keep the show on the air.

“I can and have written essays on how much this show means to me, but it boils down to #RepresentationMatters and man does ODAAT do that for so many, myself included,” Tweeted actress Isabella Gomez, who played rebellious teen Elena Alvarez on the show. “Maybe we can make magic happen again? Tell us why you want the Alvarez family back with #SaveODAAT”.

Back when ODAAT was canceled by Netflix in 2019, the show fans as well as its fans rallied together to make #SaveODAAT trend. Shortly after the hashtag went viral, the show was picked up by Pop. But Pop was acquired by a different company and it seems like ODAAT has become collateral damage in the merger.

Justina Machado also posted her reaction to the news on Instagram.

Machado expressed her sadness at the turn of events, but also remains hopeful that the show will find a third life somewhere else.

“Sadly, the news is out,” she wrote on Instagram. “And we weren’t so much canceled as we were a byproduct of a business model changing at the channel that bought us.”

“I’m not sad just yet, y’all,” she continued. “We still have some hope for new homes. Hang tight, my loves. You know that if I go down, I will go down swinging for this show (& cast & crew) I love.”

Crossing our fingers that this important show finds the permanent home that it deserves.

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It’s Finally Justina Machado’s Time to Shine

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It’s Finally Justina Machado’s Time to Shine

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On Monday, beloved (and not to mention, underrated) actress Justina Machado sat down for a wide-ranging interview with the Los Angeles Times.

In it, Machado covers everything from her lengthy career, to the sad state of Latinx representation in Hollywood, to the offensive phone call she had with a tone-deaf TV exec in the ’90s.

Finally, after almost 25 years of hard work in Hollywood, Machado is dominating America’s Monday nights with two high-profile gigs: a spot on “Dancing With the Stars” and the return of “One Day At a Time” to CBS after it was unceremoniously dropped by Netflix.

Naturally, with so much on her plate, the Puerto Rican actress in not only mentally, but physically exhausted. After all, “Dancing With the Stars” is notorious for its grueling practice and shoot schedules. “Every day when I come home, my routine is dunking my feet in [an ice bath],” she told the LA Times. “The first week and a half of rehearsals, forget about it–I was crying.”

But Machado is glad that she took the DWTS opportunity for what it means in terms of Latinx representation on network television.

“The thing about ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is it reaches so many more homes than [‘One Day at a Time’]…,” she told the publication. “I know they’ve had Latinas on the show, but they need a whole lot more. And so I was like, ‘I’m going to do that. I’m going to be that Puerto Rican woman that’s on that show.’”

Throughout the interview, Machado gets candid about what it’s like to be a Latina in the American entertainment industry–which is an unforgiving business.

She described the beginning of her career as plagued by insecurity. Before she began a professional acting career, Machado was convinced she couldn’t make it as an actor because professional acting “wasn’t a part of [her] world.” “Nobody was an actor in Chicago that I knew, in my neighborhood, in the inner city of Chicago,” she explained.

After she finally established her footing in Hollywood, she was then met with further doors slammed in her face in the form of racism and anti-Latino sentiment.

Like when an executive called her to tell her why her TV show wasn’t moving forward, back in the ’90s.

“He literally called my house, nice man… and said, ‘My God, your pilot is so great. Everybody loves you, everybody. But we don’t think America is ready for a Latino family.’”

What’s depressing about this story is that Latino representation onscreen still hasn’t gotten much better over 20 years later. But Machado is hopeful that the tides of change are turning

“That was acceptable for him to say…Like, what? And that was the ’90s! And look at today. How many Latino families do you see on television? So America better get ready because we’re here. We’re here.” We know that if Machado has anything to do with the future of TV, we’ll be seeing Latino families more and more often.

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