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The Best Episodes of One Day at a Time

Every episode of One Day at a Time ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of One Day at a Time!

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.


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The best episode of "One Day at a Time" is "Quinces", rated 9.1/10 from 643 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "Quinces" aired on 1/6/2017 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Hello, Penelope".

  • Quinces
    9.1/10 643 votes

    #1 - Quinces

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2017-01-06

    Everyone pitches in to prepare for Elena's quinceañera. While rehearsing their father-daughter dance, Elena reveals a truth about herself to her dad.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Hello, Penelope
    9.1/10 504 votes

    #2 - Hello, Penelope

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2018-01-26

    Feeling 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.

    Director: Phill Lewis

    Writer: Michelle Badillo, Caroline Levich

  • Not Yet
    9.1/10 521 votes

    #3 - Not Yet

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2018-01-26

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

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Gloria Calderón Kellett, Mike Rowe

  • Drinking and Driving
    8.9/10 356 votes

    #4 - Drinking and Driving

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2019-02-08

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Ghosts
    8.9/10 368 votes

    #5 - Ghosts

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2019-02-08

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Sex Talk
    8.8/10 525 votes

    #6 - Sex Talk

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2017-01-06

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Boundaries
    8.8/10 192 votes

    #7 - Boundaries

    Season 4 Episode 3 - Aired 2020-04-07

    After Alex catches Penelope in a compromising position, Penelope is motivated to talk to Alex about healthy human sexuality, while defending herself against Lydia's old-school judgments.

    Director: Phill Lewis

    Writer: N/A

  • Locked Down
    8.7/10 402 votes

    #8 - Locked Down

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-01-26

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

    Director: Phill Lewis

    Writer: Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit

  • The Funeral
    8.7/10 497 votes

    #9 - The Funeral

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2019-02-08

    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.

    Director: Phill Lewis

    Writer: N/A

  • The First Time
    8.6/10 381 votes

    #10 - The First Time

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2019-02-08

    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.

    Director: Phill Lewis

    Writer: N/A

  • Anxiety
    8.6/10 371 votes

    #11 - Anxiety

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2019-02-08

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Turn
    8.5/10 450 votes

    #12 - The Turn

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2018-01-26

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Man
    8.5/10 345 votes

    #13 - The Man

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2019-02-08

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • One Lie at a Time
    8.4/10 500 votes

    #14 - One Lie at a Time

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2017-01-06

    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.

    Director: Phill Lewis

    Writer: N/A

  • Pride & Prejudice
    8.4/10 463 votes

    #15 - Pride & Prejudice

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2017-01-06

    Although she wants to be accepting and open-minded, Penelope feels weird about Elena's revelation. Seeking advice, she makes an unexpected connection.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • What Happened
    8.4/10 404 votes

    #16 - What Happened

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-01-26

    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.

    Director: Phill Lewis

    Writer: Sebastian Jones, Andy Roth

  • Citizen Lydia
    8.4/10 349 votes

    #17 - Citizen Lydia

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2018-01-26

    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.

    Director: Gloria Calderón Kellett

    Writer: Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, Dan Signer

  • Supermoon
    8.4/10 140 votes

    #18 - Supermoon

    Season 4 Episode 6 - Aired 2020-04-28

    When a supermoon appears in the night sky, all the Alvarezes and their significant others discover an elaborate romantic setting fit for a marriage proposal.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Strays
    8.3/10 478 votes

    #19 - Strays

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-01-06

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

    Director: Phill Lewis

    Writer: N/A

  • Viva Cuba
    8.3/10 474 votes

    #20 - Viva Cuba

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2017-01-06

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • To Zir, With Love
    8.3/10 406 votes

    #21 - To Zir, With Love

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2018-01-26

    Lydia gives Elena advice on approaching her crush. After running into a hunky Army buddy who's also single, Penelope rethinks her dating rules.

    Director: Phill Lewis

    Writer: Sebastian Jones

  • Homecoming
    8.3/10 352 votes

    #22 - Homecoming

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2018-01-26

    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.

    Director: Pamela Fryman

    Writer: Michelle Badillo, Debby Wolfe, Caroline Levich

  • Outside
    8.3/10 421 votes

    #23 - Outside

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2019-02-08

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

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • One Valentine's Day at a Time
    8.3/10 367 votes

    #24 - One Valentine's Day at a Time

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2019-02-08

    Rain ruins Valentine's Day plans, causing more than one couple to have their first fight. Schneider tries to hide his wealthy background from Avery.

    Director: Phill Lewis

    Writer: Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit

  • A Penny and a Nicole
    8.3/10 324 votes

    #25 - A Penny and a Nicole

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2019-02-08

    When her ex-husband introduces the family to his new girlfriend, Penelope feels unexpectedly resentful and comes to a realization about Mateo.

    Director: Phill Lewis

    Writer: N/A