Netflix announced Thursday that it has made the “very difficult decision” to cancel One Day at a Time, the third season of which premiered last month.
“The choice did not come easily — we spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end simply not enough people watched to justify another season,” the streaming service tweeted in part, which can be seen below.
The show, which debuted in 2017 and starred Rita Moreno, Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, and Stephen Tobolowsky, was critically lauded for how it tackled its portrayal of a single veteran mother with PTSD, as well as LGBTQ, immigration, and Latinx issues, among others. Produced and co-created by Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce, it was a reboot of Norman Lear’s sitcom, which debuted in 1975.
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos made a rare statement about the cancellation. “It’s been a great honor to work with the legendary Norman Lear on One Day at a Time,” he said. “I’ve personally spoken with Norman, and co-creators Gloria Calderón Kellett and Mike Royce, to express my gratitude to them, all the writers, the dedicated crew and the cast including the brilliant Justina Machado and dazzling Rita Moreno for creating a series with such humor, heart and humanity. This was a very difficult decision and we’re thankful to all the fans who’ve supported the series, our partners at Sony, and all the critics who embraced it. While it’s disappointing that more viewers didn’t discover One Day at a Time, I believe the series will stand the test of time.”
Sony Television, which produces the series, is expected to shop the series to other networks; Sony had no comment.