Netflix announced Thursday afternoon that it has canceled beloved series One Day at a Time after three seasons, disappointing fans who had been holding out hope that the scrappy little show, which has garnered a small but intensely loyal following (particularly for its portrayal of queer characters), would pull through and return.
“We’ve made the very difficult decision not to renew One Day At A Time for a fourth season,” the streaming service wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “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.”
Netflix thanked original creator Norman Lear for reviving the series, which first aired in 1975, as well as Gloria Calderon Kellett and Mike Royce, who developed it for Netflix, thanking them for “always making us laugh and never shying away from bravely and beautifully tackling tough subject matter in a meaningful way.” Netflix went on to thank cast members Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Stephen Tobolowsky, and Rita Moreno “for inviting us into your family. You filled this show with so much heart and warmth and love, it truly felt like home.”
“And to anyone who felt seen or represented — possibly for the first time — by ODAAT, please don’t take this as an indication your story is not important. The outpouring of love for this show is a firm reminder to us that we must continue finding ways to tell these stories.”
Mike Royce shared his own statement on Twitter, thanking the cast, writers and crew and giving audiences hope that the show might find a home on a new network. “We’ve worked on many shows, but never have we experienced the outpouring of love, connection, and support like we have with ODAAT.”
— Mike Royce (@MikeRoyce) March 14, 2019