This Generation’s “Golden Girls”

grace_and_frankie_ver9Netflix has once again demonstrated why it’s the next evolution in entertainment and media consumption with its wonderfully crafted comedy Grace and Frankie.   Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen has 200 years of acting experience between the foursome, which propels the sitcom into a rollercoaster of emotional growth and situational humor, not found on network television.

Grace and Frankie have never been friends but after finding out that their husbands are not just work partners but have also been romantically involved for the last 20 years, try to cope with their unusual circumstances together.  The 13 episode season is this generation’s “Golden Girls” and deals with tough current events in a touching humorous way. Grace and Frankie might be in their 70s but their quest is familiar to anyone who has faced hardships or change.

Jane Fonda plays Grace, a retired cosmetics mogul who has been married to Robert (Matin Sheen) for forty-years and have two children Mallory and Brianna. Lily Tomlin is Frankie a hippie artist housewife that adopted two multi-racial children, Coyote and Bud with her husband Sol (Sam Waterston) of forty-years. The first season explores what happens to these families as they break apart and reform after Robert and Sol “come out” and plan their wedding.

Lily and Jane anchor the TV show with their talent and charisma as they weave these two characters together and forge a new life in a believable real way. The supporting cast gives dimension to everyone’s struggle as they learn to deal with past choices and redefining family roles. While binge watching this show over a two day period we laughed, we cried and most of all we didn’t want it to end … The good news Netflix is  bringing the series back for season two and the rumor is that if the series makes it to season three Dolly Parton might guess star!!

If you don’t have a Netflix account, Grace and Frankie would be a great reason to get one today. Don’t miss out on some of the best acting on television today.


Categories: Entertainment, Rant/Rave, TV Historian

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