I stumbled across Grace and Frankie, a new Netflix original series, while trying to find my way to the latest season of Orange Is the New Black. Who can resist Lily Tomlin? Not I, says the Lit Chick. Grace and Frankie is worth watching for Tomlin alone, but it’s also fun to see her act with costars Jane Fonda, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterston.
Grace and Frankie opens with Grace (a type-A, retired cosmetics mogul) and Frankie (a laid-back, new-age, former art teacher) sitting in an elegant restaurant as they wait for their husbands to meet them for dinner. They think their husbands, who are partners in a divorce law firm, are announcing they will finally retire. Turns out that their husbands are leaving them—for each other.
After the initial shock, Grace and Frankie, who have never really liked each other, reluctantly bond over peyote tea and creaking knees, and end up realizing that they need each other more than they both had thought. It’s fun to see Sheen and Waterston as a gay couple, and the show tenderly reveals how the group has built their lives together for the past 40 years, and how those lives unravel.
Grace and Frankie is like The First Wives Club with more heart, and deals with a situation that many women have found themselves in but few have talked about. It’s a fun, binge-worthy summer series that pairs well with Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Froyo. Catch the entire first season on Netflix (after you’re finished with Ruby Rose).