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

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2020

Network: Netflix

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 - Aired Jan 26, 2018

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

star 8.82
180 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Gloria Calderon Kellett, Mike Royce
Quinces

#2 - Quinces

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 6, 2017

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 8.67
263 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Gloria Calderon Kellett, Mike Royce
Hello, Penelope

#3 - Hello, Penelope

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 26, 2018

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
162 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Caroline Levich, Michelle Badillo
Ghosts

#4 - Ghosts

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 8, 2019

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 8.54
141 votes
Writers: Gloria Calderon Kellett, Mike Royce
Drinking and Driving

#5 - Drinking and Driving

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 8, 2019

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 8.49
136 votes
Writers: Andy Roth, Dan Signer
Locked Down

#6 - Locked Down

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 26, 2018

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

star 8.32
168 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Benji Samit, Dan Hernandez
Anxiety

#7 - Anxiety

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 8, 2019

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 8.28
145 votes
Writers: Janine Brito
Sex Talk

#8 - Sex Talk

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 6, 2017

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 8.22
253 votes
Directors: Michael Lembeck
Writers: Audra Sielaff, Becky Mann
 To Zir, With Love

#9 - To Zir, With Love

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 26, 2018

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
164 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Sebastian Jones
The First Time

#10 - The First Time

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 8, 2019

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 8.22
143 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Caroline Levich, Michelle Badillo
What Happened

#11 - What Happened

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 26, 2018

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 8.17
149 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Andy Roth, Sebastian Jones
Outside

#12 - Outside

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 8, 2019

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

star 8.16
144 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Gloria Calderon Kellett, Mike Royce
Pride & Prejudice

#13 - Pride & Prejudice

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 6, 2017

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
235 votes
Directors: Linda Mendoza
Writers: Andy Roth, Sebastian Jones
Citizen Lydia

#14 - Citizen Lydia

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 26, 2018

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 8.10
146 votes
Writers: Benji Samit, Dan Hernandez, Dan Signer
Strays

#15 - Strays

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jan 6, 2017

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

star 8.08
270 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Peter Murrieta
 Schooled

#16 - Schooled

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 26, 2018

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 8.07
160 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Audra Sielaff, Becky Mann
She Drives Me Crazy

#17 - She Drives Me Crazy

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 8, 2019

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 8.04
134 votes
Directors: Todd Grinnell
Writers: Andy Roth
The Man

#18 - The Man

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 8, 2019

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 8.03
125 votes
Writers: Audra Sielaff, Becky Mann
Homecoming

#19 - Homecoming

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 26, 2018

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 8.03
143 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Caroline Levich, Debby Wolfe, Michelle Badillo
The Funeral

#20 - The Funeral

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Feb 8, 2019

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 8.03
147 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Debby Wolfe
Storage Wars

#21 - Storage Wars

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 26, 2018

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 7.99
137 votes
Writers: Audra Sielaff, Becky Mann
The Turn

#22 - The Turn

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 26, 2018

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 7.98
182 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Gloria Calderon Kellett, Mike Royce
Viva Cuba

#23 - Viva Cuba

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 6, 2017

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 7.98
241 votes
Writers: Caroline Levich, Gloria Calderon Kellett, Michelle Badillo
Work Hard, Play Hard

#24 - Work Hard, Play Hard

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jan 26, 2018

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 7.97
152 votes
Directors: Pamela Fryman
Writers: Andy Roth
One Lie at a Time

#25 - One Lie at a Time

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 6, 2017

Penelope tells her family she has a date and Lydia says she's going to church, but each secretly goes elsewhere. Meanwhile, Elena tests an attraction.

star 7.92
252 votes
Directors: Phill Lewis
Writers: Debby Wolfe