Sol and Robert, lawyers and business partners, who have been married to Grace and Frankie for 40 years, decide to come out to their wives as a gay couple after so many years of hiding so they can finally get married.
Grace and Frankie leave their respective homes and move to the beach house which both couples bought together in the past. This is where a deeper friendship between them develops.
It’s a show about finding friendship in abandonment and finding new ways to live in your prime after a failed marriage. Because it’s never too late to start your life anew, and with a person who’s going through the same thing but has a different outlook in life.
It tackles the realities of what the ageing society face as well as the endless possibilities they’re able to do despite their age. It’s like the more current and unfiltered version of The Golden Girls. Also kinda similar to Modern Family, but like, no kids under 30 years old play as main characters and the show’s probably catered to a demographic who are in their 30s and above.
The show is risky but not uncommon. It’s a light comedy with a few hard laughs here and there but the issues they tackle are serious when you come to think of it. It’s one of the many things I liked about it.
I’ve liked Jane Fonda since I saw her in the movie Monster-in-Law with Jennifer Lopez and Wanda Sykes aside from being aware about her prominence in the aerobics genre. Lily Tomlin is a new favorite. Most of her lines gave me the most laughs. Lily’s eccentric character gives out the obvious funny vibe opposite Jane’s who is more of the conventional and Boss lady-ish type.
I love the banter between Grace and Frankie in the early seasons. It showed how their relationship deepened into a more genuine, unconditional friendship.
The ex-husbands Robert(Martin Sheen) and Sol(Sam Waterston) have an adorable chemistry. I can’t unsee the gayness. The series displays the kind of relationship where Robert and Sol are just two people in love who want to be together for companionship and not be experimental because of their gender preference.
About their children, Grace and Robert’s girls:
- Brianna(June Diane Raphael) – love her dry humor, this one. Pretty much like a funny Ice Queen, with a heart. I would like to call her Grace Jr. as she took over Grace’s skin care company called Say Grace. She’s really her own character even in the movie Bride Wars. I’m glad she got her own formidable role in this series.
- Mallory(Brooklyn Decker) – the unhappy wife and mother of 4. Saw and liked her in the movie Just Go With It.
Then Frankie and Sol’s adopted sons:
- Nwabudike or Bud(Baron Vaughn) – the sensible lawyer who takes over the Dads’ law firm when they decided to retire.
- Coyote(Ethan Embry) – the teacher turned alcoholic who’s now sober and doing his best to put his life together. I like how sweet of a son he is to Frankie and how brotherly he is to the girls. Thought he was gay in the beginning, JSYK.
I’m in Season 5 as of now and I’d probably watch the whole series again so I could focus on some more details. I read some reviews that gave out some storylines I haven’t noticed so far. Kinda trying to slow down since I don’t want it to end too fast coz I finished 5 seasons in 3 weeks and that’s not so good.
Season 6 is already available and they’ve been renewed only until Season 7 which I think is fair enough because every time I watch an episode I keep thinking how Jane and Lily are in their 80s but still manage do so much action and dialogue as if they’re just in their 60s. I’m just not used to it but they sure do serve as an inspiration to keep myself healthy, and probably live a longer, fuller life.
I am sooo gonna miss them when it ends!!!
Well, that’s that on that!
I rate this series 5/5 *****