"Grace and Frankie": One Last Martini For The Road

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Crustaceans were thrown. Sternums were pressed. Inhalers were...inhaled.

And in about four minutes, Grace Hanson and Frankie Bergstein's lives were turned upside down. So were ours.

The rundown: Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) were smashed together when their law-partner husbands, Robert (Martin Sheen) and Sol (Sam Waterston) revealed that they had been in a relationship for the past 20 years and were divorcing them to get married.

Grace and Frankie ended up escaping to their shared beach house separately, encountering each other there and realizing—after accidentally mixing Peyote and muscle relaxers and puking it all out onto beaches of San Diego—that they were now basically stuck together.

Grace and Frankie is the longest-running Netflix original series to date, and I can vouch for that. When I started watching, I was 18 years old in high school. Now I'm 25.


There are usually one or two overarching plots throughout the course of a season, a few of which have included Grace and Frankie creating a vibrator for older women with arthritis, Robert having a heart attack, Frankie's move to Santa Fe, a medical issue or two, casual money laundering, and designing a toilet that lifts you up.


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Almost more than anything, Grace and Frankie has ended up being about the friend you think of while you're watching the show. The weird thing is that it's not even something you're always conscious of—it sleeps in the back of your head as if in hibernation, and upon a certain scene, phrase, or word, that person pops in.

It could be someone you always watched the show with—maybe it's the person you're sitting next to right now. And if they're not sitting next to you, it makes you think a little.

Grace and Frankie's friendship works most of the time; it's why the series feels so honest. They've had the blow-ups and the arguments, but ultimately accept one another in realizing that they can't exist as separate entities.

In the same way as Grace conceals her emotions, Grace and Frankie does a similar sort of thing. The series is one of the most hilarious to ever hit television screens; not only are the situations beyond but the words themselves—the writing—is what firmly nails down the show as one of the smartest, most clever yet.

But this is where it's like Grace: it has all this going on in the forefront, but at its core, it's putty. Good putty.

And in the end, when that final episode wrapped up and Grace and Frankie walked down the beach as we've seen them do a million times, I smiled.

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