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By Nate Millado

This is it: Norman Lear's critically acclaimed reboot of his classic sitcom is coming to CBS! One Day At A Timereimagined to center on a Cuban-American family—makes its CBS network debut with back-to-back episodes on Oct. 12.

The first three seasons streamed on Netflix, while Season 4 aired on Pop TV (and will soon air on CBS). So if you've never seen an episode—and honestly, why haven't you?!—or just need a refresh, here's your primer for all things Alvarez.

One Day At A Time premieres Monday, Oct. 12 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Season 1: Meet the Family…

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Rita Moreno as Lydia Riera and Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez in One Day At A Time.

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Newly single mom Penelope Alvarez (Justina Machado) is taking it "one day at a time" with her Cuban-American family in Echo Park, Los Angeles. Quirky, confident, and no-nonsense, Penelope is a nurse who aspires to be a nurse practitioner. She's also a military veteran dealing with PTSD.

Snarky and stylish son teenage Alex (Marcel Ruiz) feels obligated to be, as he puts it, "the man of the house" now that his mom and dad are divorced. Daughter Elena (Isabella Gomez) is a nerdy teen who's passionate about social issues. The first season builds toward her quinceañera (15th birthday party)—though feminist Elena doesn't want one at first.

She also comes out as lesbian, which the whole family—even Penelope's mother, the devoutly Catholic Lydia (played by EGOT winner/living legend Rita Moreno)—makes an effort to support.

…And Meet the Extended Family

The cast of One Day at a Time

Rita Moreno as Lydia Riera, Todd Grinnell as Schneider, Marcel Ruiz as Alex Alvarez, Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez, Isabella Gomez as Elena Alvarez, and Stephen Tobolowsky as Dr. Berkowitz.

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Penelope may be the head of the family, but abuela Lydia is its heart. The cast is rounded out by Penelope's boss, Dr. Berkowitz (Stephen Tobolowsky), and the Alvarez's wealthy hipster landlord—and loyal friend—Schneider (Todd Grinnell).

Penelope's ex, Victor (James Martinez), reenters the picture, but refuses to accept Elena's sexuality. When he bails on the father-daughter dance at the quince, Penelope swoops in, and the season ends with an awww-worthy group hug/dance between the Alvarez fam, Dr. Berkowitz, and Schneider.

Season 2: Citizenship…

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Isabella Gomez as Elena Alvarez, Rita Moreno as Lydia Riera, Marcel Ruiz as Alex Alvarez, and Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez.

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ODAAT tackles timely issues without ever being preachy. Alex punches a school bully for telling him to go back to Mexico. "You can't control the jerks," Penelope tells her son, "but you can control your reaction to them."

Canadian Schneider and Cuban immigrant Lydia become U.S. citizens. In relationship news, Lydia starts a no-strings platonic companionship with Dr. Berkowitz; out-and-proud Elena finds a girlfriend named Syd (Sheridan Pierce), aka her "Syd-nificant Other"; and Penelope gets involved with a recently divorced old friend, a hunky "stallion"—Lydia's words, not ours!—named Max (Ed Quinn).

…And Relationships!

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Ed Quinn as Max and Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez in One Day At A Time.

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But their relationship hits a rough patch when she discovers Max wants to have children. After Penelope breaks up with Max, she gets into a fight with Lydia, who suffers a stroke. Lydia's late husband, Berto (Tony Plana), appears at her hospital room to accompany her to the afterlife. But when Berto asks, "So, mi amor, is it time?" Lydia chooses life. "Not yet," she says, as the studio audience goes wild.

Season 3: Highs and Lows…

James Martinez as Victor Alvarez and Isabella Gomez as Elena Alvarez

James Martinez as Victor Alvarez and Isabella Gomez as Elena Alvarez.

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Alex gets caught with pot and is grounded. Elena reconnects with Victor—yes, her jerk of a dad who left her hanging at her 15th birthday celebration—who apologizes for reacting so horribly to her coming out. They get a redo of their father-daughter dance when Victor remarries.

…And Lydia's "Bouquet" List

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Rita Moreno as Lydia Riera in One Day At A Time.

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After years of sobriety, Schneider falls off the wagon—no thanks to his jerk of a dad. Lydia uses her near-death experience to check things off her "bouquet," er, bucket. list. She finally returns to Cuba—with Dr. Berkowitz in tow—to scatter Berto's ashes in their home country. Oh, and Penelope is a nurse practitioner now! So who needs a man, right?

Season 4: Resolutions and Revelations

Cast of One Day At A Time on living room set

Marcel Ruiz as Alex Alvarez, Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez, Rita Moreno as Lydia Riera, Ray Romano as Brian, Isabella Gomez as Elena Alvarez, and Sheridan Pierce as Syd.

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Luckily, ODAAT ties up most loose ends from Season 3, so even newbies will be able to catch up when CBS rolls out the Season 4 episodes, starting with an extremely timely census-themed show featuring Ray Romano.

Plus: Boundary Problems

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Rita Moreno as Lydia Riera, Marcel Ruiz as Alex Alvarez, and Justina Machado as Penelope Alvarez in One Day At A Time.

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Alex has a girlfriend named Nora (Raquel Justice). Elena applies to colleges and grapples with what that means for her relationship with Syd.

There's a hilariously cringeworthy episode (pictured above) where Alex catches Penelope in a very compromising position. (That episode, "Boundaries," just won an Emmy for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series.) We'll get some resolution to the Penelope and Max saga. And someone's pregnant! But we'll never tell who.

One Day At A Time premieres Monday, Oct. 12 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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By Nate Millado

When it comes to award-worthy shows and performances, it's been an embarrassment of riches in the age of Peak TV. But when the Television Academy announces its Emmy nominations on July 28—yes, the show will go on in September—fingers crossed we hear these 10 names among the nods. Some made us laugh, some made us cry, and some made us laugh until we cried.

The Good Fight For Outstanding Drama Series + Christine Baranski For Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

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Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Fight.

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From Season 4's opening what-if standalone—which reimagined a world where Hillary Clinton became president—to the season-ending Jeffrey Epstein episode (with a ballsy final shot), TV's best drama continues to shock and awe. Christine Baranski was nominated six times in a row for playing Diane Lockhart on The Good Wife—but never won. It's time for the Academy to let justice be served.

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

Evil's Mike Colter For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

Mike Colter as David Acosta on Evil

Mike Colter as David Acosta in Evil.

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Demonic possessions and hauntings could be a hard sell for some, but Mike Colter somehow grounds this supernatural procedural with his nuanced performance as a priest in training. His talent is on full display in the episode "Room 320," where Colter conveys fear and desperation at the hands of Nurse Plague—all from the confines of a hospital gurney.

Stream full episodes of Evil on CBS All Access.

Schitt’s Creek For Outstanding Comedy Series

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Annie Murphy, Daniel Levy, Catherine O'Hara, and Eugene Levy in Schitt's Creek.

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The riches-to-rags cult comedy, from and starring father-son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, single-handedly put Pop TV on the map, but became a pop cultural phenomenon thanks to Schittheads—aka diehard fans such as Jennifer Lawrence and Mariah Carey—discovering it on streaming. Of course, it helps to have improv legends like the elder Levy and Catherine O'Hara among the cast, plus the younger Levy's GIF-worthy catchphrases ("Very uninterested in that opinion") all over social media.

As difficult as series finales can be, dare we say that Schitt's Creek stuck its landing with a hilarious yet heartfelt sendoff?

Watch every episode of Schitt's Creek on Pop TV and on the Pop Now App.

One Day At A Time's Rita Moreno For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

Rita Moreno as Lydia on One Day at a Time

Rita Moreno makes one of Lydia's famous entrances in One Day At A Time.

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The EGOT-winning living legend deserves an Emmy for Lydia's theatrical entrances alone ("I came out of the womb wearing stilettos!") As the sassy, sexy matriarch of a Cuban-American family, Rita Moreno accents abuelita's every line on One Day At A Time with dramatic flair.

Watch Season 4 of One Day At A Time on Pop TV and stream via the Pop Now App.

Black Monday's Regina Hall For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

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Regina Hall as Dawn in Black Monday.

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Dawn Towner, one of the few female traders in male-dominated 1980s Wall Street, is both one of the guys and in a league of her own. Regina Hall handles rapid-fire repartee and absurdist humor with aplomb, all while rocking the era's outlandish hair and shoulder pads. She truly paints a complete picture: Dawn is unapologetically zany, ambitious, and sensitive.

Stream Seasons 1 and 2 of Black Monday on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME ANYTIME apps, as well as via SHOWTIME On Demand.

Bob ♥️ Abishola For Outstanding Comedy Series

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Folake Olowofoyeku and Billy Gardell in Bob ♥️ Abishola.

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Sure, we all ♥️ Bob (Billy Gardell) and Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku), but Chuck Lorre's groundbreaking sitcom centering on a Nigerian family boasts TV's best supporting cast of scene-stealers: Christine Ebersole as Bob's offensively funny mother, Dottie; Vernee Watson as no-nonsense nurse Gloria; Shola Adewusi and Barry Shabaka Henley as Abishola's super-protective auntie and uncle; Matt Jones and Maribeth Monroe as Bob's siblings, and co-creator Gina Yashere as Abishola's blunt bestie, Kemi,

Transcending stereotypical tropes, Bob ♥️ Abishola shines a light on the hardworking immigrant experience.

Stream full episodes of Bob ♥️ Abishola on CBS All Access.

Mom's Kristen Johnston For Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

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Kristen Johnston stars as Tammy in the CBS series Mom.

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Two-time Emmy winner Kristen Johnston deserves a crack at a third winged trophy as Tammy, an ex-con with a heart of gold. Johnston is a brilliant physical comic who can uppercut you with over-the-top slapstick—but she can also knock you out with an emotional wallop, as evidenced by her scenes with long-lost Aunt Cookie (Kathleen Turner).

Stream full episodes of Mom on CBS All Access.

All Rise's Simone Missick for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

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Simone Missick as Lola Carmichael in All Rise.

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The JAs (judicial assistants) call Judge Lola Carmichael a "Lolacoaster" behind her back because "nobody knows where the ride is taking us." The same can be said about Simone Missick, who takes us on a ride every week with her portrayal of Lola: confident, vulnerable, empathetic, and unorthodox.

Watch All Rise on Mondays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Star Trek: Picard's Patrick Stewart For Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama Series

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Patrick Stewart as Picard in the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard.

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Not any actor can slip so seamlessly back into a beloved character, but Patrick Stewart is not just any actor. His early-25th-century Picard may be older and more weathered than his confident Jean-Luc from Star Trek: The Next Generation. But the way this prolific Shakespearean actor imbues Picard with melancholy and regret, and yet with a glimmer of optimism, is more than enough to make viewers "engage."

Star Trek: Picard streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

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By Nate Millado

July 23 is Gorgeous Grandma Day—yes, that's a thing!—and these five lovely ladies show why such a holiday exists. They're accomplished award winners—and red carpet head-turners—but let's not forget their off-screen roles: as Nana and Lolly. Join us in a tribute to our five fave glam-mas.

Sharon Osbourne

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The Talk co-host Sharon Osbourne showing off her new platinum ’do.

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The tart-tongued Talk co-host, 67, gushes about being "a nana to three angels" Pearl, Andy, and Minnie (son Jack's daughters). "You can spoil, you can indulge," Sharon Osbourne said on The Talk in 2011, "and then say, 'Okay, now let your parents be the ones to teach you right from wrong. I'm not. What do you want? Have it!'" Osbourne received the best 67th birthday present last October, when Jack, daughter Kelly, and granddaughters Andy and Minnie all surprised her on The Talk. A visibly verklempt Sharon choked up and said, "I am the luckiest old bitch in the world!"

Watch The Talk Weekdays at 2 p.m.. ET/1 p.m. PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

Rita Moreno

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Rita Moreno strikes a pose as One Day at a Time co-star Justina Machado looks on at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.

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She's a rare EGOT winner—having won a competitive Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony—but Rita Moreno, 88, is equally proud of another "G" title: grandmother. Her two grandsons, Justin and Cameron, are "the light of our lives," she once told GRAND magazine. "These little boys are our hearts and souls. They are the air we breathe." And though she might be a little different from the sassy, super-flirty abuela she plays on One Day At A Time, there's no mistaking that both Moreno and ODAAT's Lydia adore their families.

Watch Season 4 of One Day At A Time on Pop TV and stream via the Pop Now App.

Christine Baranski

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Christine Baranski makes an entrance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

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Not many nanas can rock pearls and power suits the way Christine Baranski, 68, does on The Good Fight. Then again, not every grandma is as "cool" as Baranski, who told Live With Kelly and Ryan that she took her grandsons to their first New York Rangers game. "That is the thing to do with little boys—a hockey game," she said, "because they can make a mess on the floor, and have popcorn, and shout, and scream. It was so much fun." Baranski has been "blissfully stuck" with her three grandsons during quarantine, gardening, baking with them, and introducing them to Bach.

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

Marie Osmond

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Marie Osmond in an all-musical, holiday-themed episode of The Talk.

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The multi-hyphenated megastar, 60, has worn many hats over a storied decades-long career—singer, dancer, actor, The Talk co-host—but there's one coveted title that Marie Osmond relishes more than any—being a mother to her eight children and grandma to six. As she put it on her official Instagram account earlier this year, "Being surrounded by family and dear friends is my greatest blessing and I never take it for granted. Also, I believe what my dad taught us, 'If you can get along with your family, you can get along with anyone!'"

Watch The Talk Weekdays at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT on CBS and CBS All Access.

Lesley Stahl

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Veteran news journalist and 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl.

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The 60 Minutes correspondent, 78, wrote the book on grandparenting—literally! In 2016, Lesley Stahl penned Becoming Grandma, where she reveals that she was "jolted, blindsided by a wallop of loving more intense than anything I could remember or had ever imagined" after the birth of her first granddaughter. During her 40-plus years of broadcast journalism, Stahl has covered hard news from Watergate to Guantanamo. But when her two grandkids, Jordan and Chloe, call her "Lolly," Stahl turns to mush. "When you are a grandmother, something gets disabled—the ability to say 'no,'" she once said. "I was in a bookstore with my granddaughter and she kept saying, 'I want dat, I want dat, I want dat' and I bought her all those 'dats.'"

Watch 60 Minutes on Sundays at 7/6c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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By Melissa Rose Bernardo

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We all think our moms are the greatest, but when it comes to TV moms, One Day At A Time's Penelope Alvarez (played by Justina Machado) is about as badass as they come. She's a proud Cuban-American; she worked as a medic in Afghanistan; she went back to school to become a nurse practitioner; and she's a single mom to two strong-willed teenagers, Alex (Marcel Ruiz) and Elena (Isabella Gomez).

She shares the spotlight

Animation of Lydia being self-deprecating.

Topping off those badass mom credentials: She doesn't mind sharing—and ceding—the spotlight to her own mom, the glamorous, flamboyant Lydia (Rita Moreno—yes, that Rita Moreno), whose curtained-off room allows her to make theatrical entrances in every episode.

Now that Pop TV picked up Season 4 of One Day At A Time—a reboot of Norman Lear's 1975 CBS series starring Bonnie Franklin—it's the perfect time to get to know the Alvarez family, especially its awesome matriarch, Penelope.

​She's good with money

Perhaps a little too good. Elena says her mom has "had the same Ziploc since I was a kid." And woe is the waiter who tries to charge Penelope full price for her happy-hour pot stickers!

"You don't know what I know!" Penelope tells her very rich landlord/handyman Schneider (Todd Grinnell), who's attempting to patch up her falling-apart-at-the-seams sofa. "You think MC Hammer thought he was gonna go broke? He had the biggest pants, and now he's got nothing to put in them."

Later, Penelope's sofa literally breaks in half…and Schneider persuades her to actually spend the money on a brand-new one.

She’s enviably self-confident

An animation of Penelope doing a little dance while seated.

We all wish we could have Penelope's poise. "I'm having the greatest hair day. I can't keep this to myself," she tells Alex and Elena. "I mean, my babies. Come on. Look, look! Look at the bounce!" Lest she get too puffed-up, Alex reminds her that not everything is bouncing and behaving. "But your brows," he says. "Qué barbaridad."

She’s open and honest

Animation of Penelope exclaiming disgust.

Especially when it comes to sex. Much to her teenage son's chagrin. In fact, Alex would prefer that she not talk about it at all. Please. He's begging her. "Boundaries? Boundaries are for white people," Penelope laughs.

She still dresses up for Halloween

Animation of Penelope dressed as Sandy from Grease.

Penelope looks awesome as Sandy from Grease, and her hunky EMT boyfriend Max (Ed Quinn) makes a pretty terrific Danny. And yes, she knows the "We Go Together" dance.

She lets her children express themselves

She's also super-supportive of her daughter's timely but bound-to-be-misunderstood costume: Elena is dressed as climate-change activist Greta Thunberg, and her nonbinary significant other, Syd (Sheridan Price), is dressed as a melting iceberg. "Ooh, you too look great," says Penelope. "This is a lot better than last year's toxic drinking water and tumor costumes."

She gives great motivational speeches

Animation of Penelope disciplining her child.

When Alex decides to try his hand at fashion design, he learns he's not exactly Project Runway material. "I stabbed my finger with the needle so many times that I needed stitches, but I didn't know how to do them," he says, admitting he called it quits after just one class. But Penelope wants him to make it work: "It's okay to be bad at some things. Dare to suck!"

Watch Season 4 of One Day At A Time from the beginning on Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c on Pop TV and stream via the Pop Now App. On Mother's Day, this Sunday May 10, enjoy a late-night catch-up stack 11:30 p.m to 2:30 a.m on Pop TV.


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