Though ready to kick off season 4, this not-so-new series on Netflix is one of the trendiest in town and with good reason. Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda go way beyond the 9-to-5 to bring heartfelt laughs and raw emotion to a comedy that’s made for the current state of romance and relationships today.
The plot of Grace and Frankie centers on two married women who suddenly find themselves in an unlikely friendship when their husbands’ announce that not only are they longtime business partners, they’re also longtime lovers who are ready to take the plunge and be together. Grace, played by Jane Fonda (This is where I leave you, 9-to-5) and Frankie, played by Lily Tomlin (Grandma, 9-to-5) are as opposite as possible, but when you consider the circumstances, an alliance and friendship seems to be in order. After all, who better to commiserate with than your estranged husband’s boyfriend’s estranged wife?
The End Is Only The Beginning
Grace and Frankie has been hot since coming out of the gate in season one, and what began as a quest to find understanding, and maybe a little bit of retribution, continues as a quest to explore new lives after middle-age. Any woman or man who has ever had their seemingly stable lives turned around for reasons beyond their control can see themselves in a show that strives to say, “Hey, shit happens and it doesn’t have to mean the end of all things.”
And while we see the rigors of transformation in Fonda’s formal Grace and Tomlin’s off-beat Frankie, we also peek behind-the-scenes of how their husband’s Robert (Martin Sheen) and Sol (Sam Waterston) grapple with their own transformations. Episodes also touch on the effect that everything has on the couples’ grown children (June Diana Raphael, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry and Baron Vaughn), taking us deeper into how every member of a family is affected by the movements of one. The acting on all ends is superb, with appearances by the likes of Sam Elliot, Mary Kay Place, and Craig T. Nelson, while the addition of Ernie Hudson in season three and Lisa Kudrow for season four keep the laughs and expansions eclectic.
Grace and Frankie lead us smack-dab into territories only touched upon in past TV-movies, making it more modern; edgy in the right places, and comfortable where it needs to be. Currently nearing the end of season three, Netflix has picked this one up for another go-round with season four. Catch it quick and discover why it currently has 23 award nominations and 1 win (for Jane Fonda, Best Actress in a Comedy Series, OFTA, 2015). You never know just what you’ll learn.