I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like the people on a show are part of my family. And you feel sad when they are sad, happy when they are happy ,and so forth. You want the characters to have a happy ending because you feel close to them. I feel very close to Grace and Frankie.
Two very different women who have known each other for decades have their worlds turned upside down when their husbands tell them they’d been having an affair for years and since the gay marriage is now legal, they want a divorce so they can marry each other.
Grace Hanson (Jane Fonda) is a retired cosmetics guru, who is a strong believer of all things formal and that a good drink is the solution to any problem. She was married to Robert Henson (Martin Sheen) who seems to be the perfect pair for her; however, their relationship is cold and empty. Frankie (Lily Tomlin) and Sol (Sam Waterston) Bergstein, on the other hand, seem to have the perfect relationship; their alternative lifestyle and openness to try different things make them the sweetest couple for they are clearly best friends. Once they hear the news, Grace and Frankie find themselves lost and having no clue on where to go. They both find themselves looking for a sanctuary at the beach house their families bought together. Despite their differences, they decide to live together in the beach house and figure out how to live this new phase in their lives. While Grace tries to find comfort in finding activities that will keep her mind busy, Frankie looks for alternative medicine and meditation. Even though they cannot agree on pretty much everything, they slowly start to realize that the only people who really understand how they feel are each other.
Personally, one of the things that make the show so successful is the casting. All actors played a memorable character in one moment or another of my life. So, from the beginning you already have some sort of connection to this unusual family. The balance between dramatic plot and unusually funny situations is another great asset of the show. The entire show is surprising, no one expects that your spouse of over 40 years will announce they want a divorce, even less because they are gay. Marta Kauffman (who is one of the co-creator of the 90’s sitcom Friends) and Howard J. Morris really came up with something truly unique. This Netflix Original is a show to watch when you want something personal.