#8. One Day at a Time


Act III Productions

– IMDb user rating: 8.2

– Years on the air: 2017–2020

– Cast: Justina Machado, Todd Grinnell, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz


A remake of Norman Lear’s classic 1975 sitcom, this is not a medical drama but rather a show that focuses on a Latina single-mother, Penelope Alvarez, who works as a nurse. The character also suffers from PTSD and depression due in part to her time serving as a medic in Afghanistan. Alvarez, played by Justina Machado, is strong, educated, and hardworking.