It says a lot when Netflix's longest running original comedy is centred around two 70 something year old women who find themselves living with each other when their respective husbands announce they are gay and in love after forty years of marriage. It doesn't exactly sound like a premise that would turn out to be so hugely successful but it is and there is a very good reason. It's brilliant. And the numerous Primetime Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are a testament to just how good the acting is in it.
The plot is clear from episode one – Grace and Frankie are friends by virtue of the fact that their husbands have been partners in a law firm for decades. What becomes evident is that they've also been partners in life and have been having an affair for more than twenty years, a point they neglected to tell their wives. Eventually they come out and Grace and Frankie find themselves thrown together and living in a beach house as they try to negotiate the massive bombshell that life has thrown at them. They are polar opposites in terms of personality but somehow these two are just fabulous together and the chemistry between them is electric.
The show is hilarious with razor sharp writing and is packed with laugh-out-loud moments. The supporting cast of Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, June Diane Raphael, Baron Vaughn, Brooklyn Decker and Ethan Embry are all excellent in their roles and bring a deeper dynamic to the storylines. The show was created by Marta Kauffman of Friends fame but somehow this production is grittier. Yes it's funny, but it does have it's more serious moments and at times is quite poignant as we are introduced to a world that is frequently unkind to the older generation. But the ups and downs of life are what makes this so damn good and with 13 episodes in each of the first four seasons, there's plenty to keep you glued to the tv. A fifth season is in the pipeline and will be out in 2019. I'm already counting down the days.