Series: Grace and Frankie (2015)
I think it was somewhere during one of the first episodes when Frankie was talking about having sand in her vagina that I got hooked. Strange place to start, but the series also starts out with life throwing a curve at two women who thought they had it all figured out. It’s touching and hilarious as Grace and Frankie figure out how to deal with their new lives together.
Synopsis from IMDB: “Finding out that their husbands are not just work partners, but have also been romantically involved for the last 20 years, two women with an already strained relationship try to cope with the circumstances together.”
When I first started watching this series on Netflix, I wasn’t quite sure where it was going. Having just binge watched most of it over the past few weeks now I know. Of course we all know what binge watching indicates – either a series is really good or you’re starting to show signs of chronic depression. We’re going with the former.
Let’s start with the cast – Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterston. At first I had a hard time not picturing Martin Sheen as the President, but as the series went on I got used to his new character. He and Sam Waterston make a great, funny, older couple. But the series really is with Grace and Frankie. Each actor nails the character, and I found myself often laughing out loud or cringing with their heartache.
The story is one that has been told before in bits and pieces, but I like where this one focuses. It’s about how these two women cope with the sudden knowledge that their husbands are gay, and they’re going to get married. We watch them deal with things in their own ways as their relationship together changes as well. Looking at the series artwork it seems they can’t stand each other, but perhaps one is good for the other in ways they didn’t realize.
There are themes here about family, coming out, frienship, and learning to move on when life throws you a curve. Everything is explored with a refreshing perspective, and very often one-liners that will bust a gut. It’s rare that I laugh out loud while watching TV, but I did often with this one. Humor is often how some of us deal with problems in our lives, and for those of us that do this will resonate. And if you don’t you’ll feel a close connection to Grace.
The show is often multilayered and nuanced. There are scenes that show one thing while the characters say something else combining to form an interesting message. For instance, during one heated argument between Robert and Sol we see a picture of the happy couple juxtaposed in the front of the scene. Also, thinking about Grace and Frankie’s names – each says something about the character, and having seen the first season it’s not necessarily black and white.
I’m thrilled to learn that Grace and Frankie will be back for a second season. Just bummed that I have to wait until 2016 to see it. Overall, this series is well worth a watch and will leave you wanting to see more.