If you haven’t seen Grace and Frankie yet, you need to ASAP. It is the best comedy series since Friends. Why do I say that, you ask? Well, because Marta Kauffman, a co-creator of Friends, is also a co-creator of Grace and Frankie. This show was destined for greatness, and let me tell you, it is great.
After decades of marriage, two women are blindsided by the reality that their husbands, who have been business partners and lovers for nearly 20 years, are leaving them for each other. It’s comedic and real, dealing with all of the stages of grief as these women navigate how to proceed through life following this drastic change.
There’s Grace, played by Jane Fonda, beautiful, stoic, and brave. She is the consummate dynamo: high-powered and perfectly poised. She and husband Robert, played by Martin Sheen, had somewhat of a utility marriage that kept up appearances; however, there was love nonetheless. On the surface, she appears to be superficial; yet, beneath that cold exterior, Grace is a woman like no other. She has a good heart and is vulnerable to insecurity just like the rest of us. The only difference is Grace does her best not to let it show. The person she lets herself open up to is Frankie and the two share a relationship that is bound by friendship and the comfort of having someone who is going through the exact same thing.
Frankie, played by Lily Tomlin, couldn’t be more different. She is au naturel and one with the universe, a lover of all things living. She believes in living off of the earth, smoking marijuana, and reaching a state of pure happiness with one’s self. Unlike Grace, Frankie wears her heart on her shirt sleeve. She is kind and boy oh boy is she funny. Quick witted and willing to poke fun at herself, Frankie emits this glow around her that makes you fall in love. Her passion works its way into everything she does as she sinks her heart and soul into being the best possible version of herself. She and husband, Sol, played by Sam Waterston, shared a deep love and affection for one another, and were without a doubt best friends. Of course, that’s what makes this new situation so hard: their husband’s betrayed them and Grace and Frankie must find a way to move on.
It is hilarious, heartfelt and so enjoyable. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are a dynamic duo and their chemistry on screen is undeniable. To top it all off, this show is about woman in their later stages of life. Very rarely is this age group portrayed on television, and Grace and Frankie does it better than anyone. Grab your mom, grab some girlfriends, and get ready to binge. You’ll be hooked before you know it!
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