The BEST Episodes of One Day at a Time (2017)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2019

Network: Pop

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.

Not Yet

#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.

star 8.81
167 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Gloria Calderón Kellett; Mike Royce
Quinces

#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.

star 8.68
249 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Gloria Calderón Kellett; Mike Royce
Hello, Penelope

#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.

star 8.60
152 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Michelle Badillo; Caroline Levich
Ghosts

#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.

star 8.57
127 votes
Writers: Gloria Calderón Kellett, Mike Royce
Drinking and Driving

#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.

star 8.50
121 votes
Writers: Andy Roth, Dan Signer
Anxiety

#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.

star 8.26
133 votes
Writers: Janine Brito
Locked Down

#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.

star 8.25
157 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Dan Hernandez; Benji Samit
Sex Talk

#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.

star 8.23
242 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Becky Mann; Audra Sielaff
 To Zir, With Love

#9 - 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.

star 8.22
157 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Sebastian Jones
The First Time

#10 - 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.

star 8.17
131 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Caroline Levich, Michelle Badillo
Outside

#11 - 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.

star 8.16
134 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Gloria Calderón Kellett, Mike Royce
What Happened

#12 - 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.

star 8.15
141 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Sebastian Jones; Andy Roth
Pride & Prejudice

#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.

star 8.11
227 votes
Directors: Linda Mendoza
Writers: Sebastian Jones; Andy Roth
Strays

#14 - 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.

star 8.09
257 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Peter Murrieta
 Schooled

#15 - Schooled

Season 2 - Episode 2

When juggling family, work and college proves too much for Penelope, Schneider offers her a way to sharpen her focus and improve her test grades.

star 8.06
150 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Becky Mann; Audra Sielaff
Citizen Lydia

#16 - 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.

star 8.05
138 votes
Writers: Dan Hernandez; Benji Samit; Dan Signer
The Funeral

#17 - The Funeral

Season 3 - Episode 1

At a relative's funeral, Penelope urges Lydia to end a petty feud with her sister, and Elena wonders if her cousin Pilar is gay.

star 8.02
136 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Debby Wolfe
She Drives Me Crazy

#18 - She Drives Me Crazy

Season 3 - Episode 8

Penelope feels hurt after seeing an item on her mom's "bouquet list" that's about her. Dr. B finds the key to teaching a struggling Elena how to drive.

star 8.02
122 votes
Directors: Todd Grinnell
Writers: Andy Roth
The Turn

#19 - The Turn

Season 2 - Episode 1

Penelope worries about changes she sees in Alex, who gets into trouble at school. Elena wonders if others are misidentifying her based on her appearance.

star 8.01
175 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Gloria Calderón Kellett; Mike Royce
The Man

#20 - The Man

Season 3 - Episode 10

Schneider makes a big decision in order to please his visiting father -- at the expense of Penelope's family. Lydia finds Alex's confiscated pot.

star 8.01
114 votes
Writers: Audra Sielaff, Becky Mann
Homecoming

#21 - Homecoming

Season 2 - Episode 11

At the kids' school dance, Elena tries to appear popular in front of Syd, and chaperones Penelope and Max reach a milestone in their relationship.

star 7.98
133 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Michelle Badillo; Caroline Levich; Debby Wolfe
Viva Cuba

#22 - Viva Cuba

Season 1 - Episode 9

Elena gets a congratulatory letter that leaves a bitter taste in her mouth. For a school project, Alex interviews Lydia, who reveals a family secret.

star 7.97
232 votes
Writers: Michelle Badillo; Caroline Levich; Gloria Calderón Kellett
Storage Wars

#23 - Storage Wars

Season 2 - Episode 10

As Schneider's trainee, Elena learns there's more to being a building super than fixing things. Penelope battles Lydia over space in their garage.

star 7.95
128 votes
Writers: Becky Mann; Audra Sielaff
No Mass

#24 - No Mass

Season 1 - Episode 3

When Lydia disappears after a heated argument with her daughter about religion, the smooth running of the household falls apart in her absence.

star 7.94
282 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Sebastian Jones
Work Hard, Play Hard

#25 - Work Hard, Play Hard

Season 2 - Episode 6

To teach Alex the value of a dollar, Penelope forces him to take a summer job at her workplace. Meanwhile, Elena finds a way to get paid for her hobby.

star 7.92
143 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Andy Roth