One Day at a Time

10 Best Episodes of One Day at a Time

In a reimagining of the TV classic, a newly single Latina mother raises her teen daughter and tween son with the "help" of her old-school mom.

Written by Sophie and last updated on nov 28, 2022.

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One Day at a Time - S1E5

#15 - Strays (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Lydia grows suspicious of Elena and Carmen's intense relationship. Penelope later discovers that the inseparable friends are keeping a big secret.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 275 votes.

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#14 - Citizen Lydia (Season 2 - Episode 12)


Lydia and Schneider take their U.S. citizenship tests. Penelope wonders if she'd be willing to have another child to fulfill Max's wish to be a dad.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 152 votes.

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#13 - Pride & Prejudice (Season 1 - Episode 11)

Although she wants to be accepting and open-minded, Penelope feels weird about Elena's revelation. Seeking advice, she makes an unexpected connection.

The episode was rated 8.11 from 239 votes.

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#12 - Outside (Season 3 - Episode 2)


When Penelope discovers Alex's secret Instagram account, his crass posts spark an intense family discussion about consent and harassment.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 147 votes.

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#11 - What Happened (Season 2 - Episode 8)

Penelope recalls Elena's birth in 2001, and how an unexpected turn of events drastically changed the life plans she and her husband had made.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 157 votes.

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#10 - To Zir, With Love (Season 2 - Episode 3)


Lydia gives Elena advice on approaching her crush. After running into a hunky Army buddy who's also single, Penelope rethinks her dating rules.

The episode was rated 8.20 from 172 votes.

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#9 - The First Time (Season 3 - Episode 7)

Penelope finds out Elena and Syd secretly got a hotel room. A grounded Alex enlists Lydia to stand in line to buy him the latest designer sneakers.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 146 votes.

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#8 - Sex Talk (Season 1 - Episode 10)


When Penelope finds porn on Alex's laptop, she struggles to talk to him about sex, but their reluctant conversation leads to a surprising discovery.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 258 votes.

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#7 - Locked Down (Season 2 - Episode 5)

Penelope's furtive date at home with Max is interrupted when a neighborhood lockdown brings the rest of the family back early.

The episode was rated 8.28 from 177 votes.

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#6 - Anxiety (Season 3 - Episode 9)


When Penelope has anxiety attacks, her support group helps her figure out what's triggering her, how to cope and why she's not telling her kids.

The episode was rated 8.29 from 147 votes.

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#5 - Drinking and Driving (Season 3 - Episode 12)

After putting Alex in a difficult position, Schneider gets tough love from Penelope. Dr. B consults Lydia's bouquet list for "non-iversary" gift ideas.

The episode was rated 8.49 from 138 votes.

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#4 - Ghosts (Season 3 - Episode 13)


At her ex's wedding, Penelope experiences a surreal conversation. Elena finds she has more she needs to say to her father. Dr. B gives Lydia her gift.

The episode was rated 8.54 from 143 votes.

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#3 - Hello, Penelope (Season 2 - Episode 9)

Felling like she's finally got her life together, Penelope unwisely stops taking her antidepressants so she doesn't have to tell Max she's on them.

The episode was rated 8.59 from 169 votes.

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#2 - Quinces (Season 1 - Episode 13)


Everyone pitches in to prepare for Elena's quinceañera. While rehearsing their father-daughter dance, Elena reveals a truth about herself to her dad.

The episode was rated 8.65 from 269 votes.

One Day at a Time - S2E13

#1 - Not Yet (Season 2 - Episode 13)

A medical emergency brings bedside visits, admissions of regret, moments of realization, declarations of love and and out-of-body experience.

The episode was rated 8.79 from 187 votes.

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