We are still exploring our new Netflix subscription (and, yeah, watching way too much TV!). In between binging on Orange Is the New Black, we sometimes have time for other shows.
Younger and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Transparent. My newest lunchtime discovery is Grace and Frankie.
half-hour comedy stars Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, and Sam
Waterston. Enough said. I was sold when I heard the cast list! They are
all wonderful in this show with a very unique premise (Lily Tomlin was
nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her role).
the first episode, Robert and Sol, played respectively by Sheen and
Waterston, tell their wives that they are lovers. Robert and Sol
have been business partners for 20 years but have kept their personal
relationship a secret. Now they are coming out of the closet, leaving
their wives, and moving in together. The news is a complete shock to
their wives (and their grown children). Grace, played by Fonda, is a
perfectly coiffed woman who started her own business. Frankie, played by
Tomlin, is more of an aging hippie type, dressing in loose colorful
clothing and into artistic pursuits.
Both women are
completely blown away by their husbands' secret and look to escape from
their respective homes. They both set off for the beach house that the
four of them bought together many years ago. Of course, the two of them
are complete opposites in every way and don't even like each other much,
but they are thrown together and both feeling lost.
is nothing earth-shattering about this show, except for the incredible
combined talent of its main actors, but it is fun and light and
enjoyable. Fonda and Tomlin each play stereotypical roles that they have
played before, but all four actors are just fun to watch. There are
some issues addressed here, particularly being left by your spouse later
in life and just aging in general, but for the most part, it is a fun
confection, and it's enjoyable to watch these four together.
Grace and Frankie is shown exclusively on Netflix.
Which TV comedies are you enjoying?