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Jul 10

3 Reasons You Should Be Watching “Grace and Frankie”

 

Grace-Frankie

Reason # 1: The Premise. What do you do when your husband falls in love with his law partner, decides to come out of the closet and divorce you after forty years?  This is the intriguing synopsis of “Grace and Frankie”. It’s fun and probably not a scenario unfamiliar to many of us. Most of us have a friend or family member who came out later in life, and seen or experienced the turmoil and heartbreak as well as acceptance and new-found strength.

Reason # 2: This one is for US! This is a sparkling Netflix Original series that is remarkably NOT geared toward the 18-30 year old demographic. Created by “Friends” co-creator, writer and Executive Producer Marta Kauffman; “Grace and Frankie” is geared to Baby Boomers, those of us who are reaching the other side of the age spectrum and want to be entertained by something other than “2 Broke Girls” or “The Big Bang Theory.”  Good shows, they just don’t speak to me.

It took a few episodes of “Grace and Frankie” to get to the fun and quirky show that the actor’s reputation and potential promised. About episode four the bitterness, bickering and obstinacy started to give way to transition, acceptance and a desire to move to forward… Oh, and the funny ramped up as well.

I’m about 7-8 episodes into Season one, and am laughing at the absurdities of realizing ones body just doesn’t want to move the way it did twenty years ago, hell, ten years ago. Parts that sag a bit more than one might like. Little quirks that are not so little any more… you get my drift.

In a scene from episode 3, (“The Dinner”) Grace and Frankie are waiting at a check out counter in a grocery store to buy a pack of cigarettes. They just can’t get the attention of the nerdy little clerk who is putting stickers on fruit. They are trying to be polite, but are getting annoyed. An attractive young woman comes in and the clerk miraculously notices her and instantly comes running to the check out area where he continues ignoring Grace and Frankie. Grace finally erupts and Frankie drags her out of the store. When out of the store Frankie produces a pack of smokes as Grace rants, “I refuse to be irrelevant”, Grace lights up, takes a big drag off her cigarette and calmly comments, “That’s okay, I learned something. We have a super power”. Grace noticing the cigarette asks, “You stole those?” to which Frankie answers, “He can’t see me, he can’t stop me.

 Not condoning shop lifting of course, but I did relate to and appreciate the strong sentiment.

Reason #3: Supporting our relevance and personal power by supporting the actors who represent us in Hollywood. The cast is FABULOUS! The core cast consists of: Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie respectively), Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. Need I say more?

 Check out the rest of the cast and some serious players in the Guest Star list.

I’m hoping Dolly Parton will show up in one of the episodes! Wouldn’t that be fun? Think they would sing?

Cast

  • Jane Fonda as Grace Hanson; a retired cosmetics mogul

  • Lily Tomlin as Frankie Bergstein; a hippie art teacher

  • Sam Waterston as Sol Bergstein; a successful divorce lawyer

  • Martin Sheen as Robert Hanson; a successful divorce lawyer

  • Brooklyn Decker as Mallory Hanson; younger daughter of Grace and Robert, married with two children and a stay at home mom.

  • Ethan Embry as Coyote Bergstein; adopted son of Frankie and Sol, a substitute teacher and recovering drug addict

  • June Diane Raphael as Brianna Hanson; daughter of Grace and Robert, head of the company founded and once run by Grace

  • Baron Vaughn as Nwabudike “Bud” Bergstein; adopted son of Frankie and Sol, himself a lawyer

Guest stars

  • Geoff Stults as Mitch, Mallory’s doctor husband of more than seven years.[3]

  • Mary Kay Place as Amanda, one of Frankie and Sol’s oldest friends

  • Joe Morton as Jason, one of Frankie and Sol’s oldest friends.[3]

  • Ernie Hudson as Jacob, a love interest of Frankie’s.[4]

  • Christine Lahti as Lydia Foster, Robert’s sister and a close friend of Grace.

  • Craig T. Nelson as Guy, an adventurous college friend of Robert’s and Grace’s love interest.

Give it a shot. It won’t be for everyone, I know that, but I would like to see more series that have baby boomers at the core. Characters that reflect what I am experiencing and struggling with in my life. Storylines that tackle issues and obstacles that resonate with me.

 

I’d love to hear your insights.  What are you watching?

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