The Baddest Bitches on TV? “Grace and Frankie” Put the BOOM in Baby Boomer

Although stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda are just above the cuff of the Baby Boomer generation, their characters fit the description. Seen as grandparents to most, these ladies defy the branding placed on old age. What seems to be Netflix’s version of a sit-com, this show will never fail putting a smile on your face. The two play opposites and the mixture they create leaves you wanting more.

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What’s that you say? Jane Fonda is 79 and Lily Tomlin is 77. Please! They don’t act or look a day over forty. This is especially the case for their baby booming roles of Grace and Frankie in the show. . . Grace and Frankie. As I addressed earlier, I do understand that the two actresses are actually a part of the Silent Generation, but for the purposes of this show it actually fits more that they shaved off a couple of years. Plus, it makes my title sound better. Hell, either generation still gets the point across. Let’s face it, age often limits us and I know this even at the age of 20. Whether it be those who find themselves not being offered the same amount of work as usual or women who might age with “grace”, but be judged as less than a female half her age. As natural as aging is, we tend to ostracize those who are older. This reflects in shows as well. While I know there have been other shows building on this like The Golden Girls, this show gets a Millennial spin.

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To be honest, I was a little unsure of how I would like the show since I am not always the biggest fan of sitcoms. However, watching these stars reunite after the acclaimed 9 to 5 was not something I regretted. While some of the other supporting characters sometimes take away from the show, these two create a great duo. In the show, the play direct opposites. Frankie is an environment-friendly, meditating activist, whereas Grace is the prim and proper housewife/business woman. It’s as if someone wrote Socialism and Capitalism into characters and had them live together. With that in mind these two experience something they never thought they would, especially at their age. Their husbands, played by Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen, are law partners and best friends. Frankie and Grace soon learn their practice and friendship has gone even further and the two are romantically involved. Needless to say the show goes places you never would expect and it creates a laugh-out-loud formula.

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What happens after that is what makes the show stand out. Frankie and Grace, the unlikeliest of pairs, unite in this bombshell. Seeing as they have similar circumstances the two appear to be the perfect medicine for each other. However, learning that your forty year marriage was a lie in your 70’s is no easy feat to overcome. They soon realize that even though their husbands leave them in their golden years, they still have a lot of spice left to them. As a result, we see the two get out of their comfort zones. They date, look for jobs, tweet, and party like it’s their prime. I know. These aren’t the craziest of things, but the point of the show is to point out how those things that seem this normal are often depicted to be abnormal for these old gems. The show easily lands into the Watch It category and the first 3 seasons can be streamed on Netflix. It was released two years ago and it has a fourth season on the way! The show also dabbles with feminism, LGBTQ+, and an array of other things. Sometimes putting a humorous spin on things makes them more practical. Whatever your reason for watching the show, I hope you will be rewarded with lots of laughs and wrinkles from smiling.

Author: Connor Schmiegel

Classic rock fanatic, actor, tv & film buff, and political talker. Currently discovering my way in life.

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