Grace and Frankie is the latest Original series to debut on Netflix. It’s the story of two very different women whose lives are changed forever when their husbands (who are business partners) come out and declare their love for each other as a gay couple. The series features an amazing cast, including Jane Fonda, Lila Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston.
Season one consists of 13 episodes (roughly 30 minute episodes) and I’m a few episodes in. I have to admit, I didn’t love the first couple of episodes, but there was still something that made me want to keep watching, and see how their lives play out, as couples and individuals. It does get better, but honestly, with the caliber of this cast, I WANT to LOVE IT.
The couples are very different – there’s Grace (Fonda ) and Robert (Sheen) who are very serious and refined and hate each other. And Frankie (Tomlin) and Sol (Waterston) who are free spirits, and absolutely love each other and the National Spelling Bee. The women were not friends before their husbands’ revelation, so it’s fun to see their very different personalities try to comfort each other, throughout the trials of the divorce and everyday life and new experiences like dating again, their children and even an earthquake.
It really is the entire cast that makes all the difference here – they’re very well cast, but Lily Tomlin (Frankie) and Jane Fonda (Grace) are my favourites, and just make every scene so much better. Honestly, I couldn’t adore Lily Tomlin more if I tried.
There are some pretty funny moments so far, especially between Fonda and Tomlin. But, I really want it to be funnier and messier because messy is funny and real, and nothing this complicated comes together so easily in a pretty little bow. That said, I’m really looking forward to how this is going to play out.
The entire season of Grace and Frankie is now streaming on Netflix.
Check out the show’s trailer below.