My best friend called me and said, “Oh my fucking God, you have to watch Grace and Frankie.” Then two days later I got a text from my sister saying, “Stop what you are doing right now and watch Grace and Frankie.”
Normally I don’t stop what I am doing to watch a television show, but the fact that I got two very urgent messages so close together was intriguing. I figured it was a sign, and I started streaming, And lo and behold, after one episode, I kicked the kids outside and went on a bender. And by that, I mean I watched the entire first season in one sitting.
If you haven’t started watching this one, you need to, I demand it. You can thank me later.
The Netflix comedy stars Lily Tomlin who plays Frankie and Jane Fonda who plays Grace. They are not only funny as fuck, they also prove you are never too old to reinvent yourself.
In the first episode, they are blindsided when their husbands, Robert, played by Martin Sheen, and Sol, played by Sam Waterston, take them out to dinner and announce they are both leaving them after decades of marriage so they can finally be together after having a 20-year affair with each other.
I don’t want to give too much away here, but these women who never cared for each other find themselves in really close corridors pretty damn fast, and this is when the magic starts to happen — how can it not when a pretentious tight-ass has to spend time with a crunchy, sage-burning hippie?
This series, now in season three, is a reminder women don’t have an expiration date, it doesn’t matter how old we get, we still want to be loved, explore our sexuality, smoke an occasional joint, dance on the beach barefoot, sit on Ryan Gosling’s face, and make out with a handsome ex-con in the kitchen.
If you’ve had the rug ripped under your feet so fast you were crippled from whiplash but were forced to start over anyway, this show is for you.
If you just want to cry-laugh braless after the kids go to bed, start watching tonight.
I am warning you, though, you aren’t going to be able to stop after just one.
If you want watch a show that takes real issues about marriage, divorce, friendship, and will make you feel better about the dysfunction happening in your own life, I can’t recommend it enough.
We love shows about women, but we especially love shows about women going through hard times and coming out as better versions of themselves, and Grace and Frankie does not disappoint.