These days it is rather uncommon for a half-hour sitcom to make you frequently laugh out loud while also tugging at your heartstrings in nearly every episode. It’s even more uncommon for the same show to seamlessly tackle a slew of important social issues and topics such as mental illness, immigration, PTSD, addiction, gender roles and sexual identity while remaining entertaining. My editor tells me this was not unusual back in the '70s when the legendary producer Norman Lear changed the very definition of American situation comedy with shows such as All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, Good Times and One Day at a Time. So it should come as no surprise that the show I am referring to, which I consider to be one of the best on television, is Lear's own reboot of the latter -- Netflix's One Day at a Time. Lear has been doing now what he was doing then, but since I wasn't alive then it is all new to me. Grievously, Netflix on March 14 announced that its version of One Day at a Time -- despite a faithful and outspoken audience and much critical acclaim since its 2017 premiere -- has been cancelled. Season 3, which dropped just one month ago, will be its last. To which I say, esto no se puede permitir!
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