Grace and Frankie

Kauffman, Marta, and Howard J. Morris (Creators). (May 2015-ongoing). Grace and Frankie (Television series). Hollywood: Skydance Productions.

In this Netflix original show, two women who don’t particularly like each other are thrown together when their husbands announce that they are gay and divorcing their wives in order to get married.

Grace, played by Jane Fonda, is a retired cosmetics tycoon, a conservative, and a bit of an alcoholic. Frankie, played by Lily Tomlin, is a pot-smoking hippie who teaches art to former convicts. Their soon-to-be ex-husbands, played by Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen, are divorce lawyers who have apparently been partners in more ways than one for years.

The show primarily follows Grace and Frankie as they work through the shock of their situation and progress with their lives. They move into the families’ shared beach home and alternately support one another and seethe at each other, gradually becoming close friends. We also see the antics of their adult children as well as the goings on of Sol and Robert, their ex-husbands.

Grace and Frankie is a gentle comedy that relies on “odd couple” humor and stereotypes; Grace is uptight and wears twin sets, while Frankie is constantly high and processing feelings. That said, the characters do progress and become fully fleshed. If you can get through the first couple episodes where Frankie consumes peyote and goes on a vision quest, the show gets a lot more funny and interesting.

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About Charlie McNabb

Archivist, Folklorist, Librarian, Legend Tripper, and Queer Activist
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