• dbkdances9 May 2015
    Fonda and Tomlin hit it out of the park
    I binged the series over a 2-day period and wished there was more. The characters were well developed and the whole thing was very entertaining. It covered many bases that divorce can bring about to family and friends, and dealt with issues of loss, honesty and aging, among others.

    I wish Sheen and Waterston had had greater chemistry between them, but their interactions with the family members were believable and poignant. I especially enjoyed June Diane Raphael and Baron Vaughn, as two of the four adult children.

    What I can't decide is who I liked better, Fonda or Tomlin. In each case, they braved characterizations that were vulnerable and multi-faceted. In the case of each, this is their best performance, and the two together were phenomenal. Funny one moment and heart-tugging the next.

    This is an adult story, in the best sense of the word.
  • gregorybnyc8 May 2015
    Fonda & Tomlin Are Magic Together
    I will always love Lily Tomlin. I always enjoyed Jane Fonda in her youthful movie star mode, but since she came out of retirement, she elevates everything she's in. I think she was the primary reason I kept watching Newsroom for three seasons. I kept waiting for her every appearance. In Grace and Frankie, Tomlin and Fonda have to overcome a rather unbelievable situation--that is to face the fact that they husbands they have been married to for over forty years have somehow falling in love and intend to marry each other. Relegated to a kind of "Odd Couple" status, they end up living in a Malibu beach house their husbands bought years earlier. Each couple used the house on separate weekends. Now Grace and Frankie have to pick up the shattered pieces of their lives and move on. Jane Fonda as Grace is at her brittle comedic best. She delivers in spades, looks stunning in her latish 70s and plays off Lily Tomlin's hippy-esque character with spunk and funny nerve. Grace has to face the fact that she's an uptight, judgmental pain in the ass. And Tomlin's Frankie is just the person to remind her over and over again. The scripts are tightly funny. The interplay between the two ex-couples is expert. Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen have nearly thankless roles as the two spouses who dump their wives, but they handle the dialog ad the romantic banter with dignity. But let's face it, you're waiting for Grace and Frankie to spark off each other. It's not the kind of laugh-out-loud absurdest insults The Golden Girls hurled at each other with such glee, but the humor is key here. There is is just enough drama to remind us of the absurdity of life. I couldn't wait to watch this show when it was announced. Fonda and Tomlin were terrific with Dolly Parton in Nine to Five, but they are even better here. This is a terrific show. I'll stick around as long as these two glorious stars are here to make us laugh and cry.
  • Michael Sweet10 May 2015
    Superb - A brilliant series full of talent
    This is a brilliant and timely series. Sheen, Waterston, Fonda, and Tomlin. I'd guess nearly 200 years of combined acting experience. It shows. The writing in this series is witty and attentive to popular culture. It gently picks away at the nonsense in our contemporary lives and exposes the raw human condition. The only thing that eats at me a little is the upper-class white privilege that penetrates throughout. Despite this, the series makes some very real, critical, and timely social commentary. At the very moment that the Supreme Court of the United States debates gay marriage, we have Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston - two very straight and very accomplished actors - kissing on the screen.

    Having met Jane Fonda, Lilly Tomlin, and Martin Sheen, I can tell you that these actors care deeply about their work and the role it plays in advancing social justice.

    Sadly, many will critique this show along political lines - whether they support equal rights or not. Watch it for yourself, it's good TV.
  • Michael Sullivan10 May 2015
    Simply Charming
    Though I see where one may feel it's dull or "Flat" as one reviewer called it. It's because this show has a sense of honesty and a realistic charm to make you forget its a show and not something happening to a friend. When something seems real it loses a bit of edge, real isn't sexy (girls wearing black thongs every night sexy/not real, ugly laundry or period panties so not sexy/ oh so real).This gem of a show has Tomlin, Fonda, Sheen and Waterson, Living Legends and they prove it in each scene. The history their characters have in some part feels more authentic do to the history the cast must actually have. Years working in the same industry, on a number of projects together (West Wing, Newsroom, 9 to 5, to name a few). The added connections brought by their children brilliantly played by Raphael, Vaughn, Decker and especially Ethan Embry legitimizes the story because no matter what we do it always effects our kids even if they're grown. The revolving door of great guest stars is that perfect little finishing touch to an already great freshman year. I cant wait for more , it does not help that I too binge watched in one sitting just created a longer wait for my self.
  • Nicole Underhill9 May 2015
    I binged the whole thing in one night!
    Warning: Spoilers
    Two couples who have known each other (and not necessarily loved each other) all their lives find out in their 70's that the two husbands are gay and in love. HA! And have been for the better part of 20 years sneaking around behind their families backs.

    Man Fonda is looking good! What is she on? Magic? Sam is hilarious! I mean he's got this whole gay thing down and together with Martin Sheen... Their fights are something I found myself really looking forward to and hoping there would be reasons for more. Tomlin so heartbreaking. You want her to be happy so badly but she truly just wanted to be with her husband and they are simply best pals. Oh the Coach from Parenthood dates Fonda. Fantastic performance and how true to life that just when you are enjoying being single, some swinging d(*k comes along and wants to settle you down. I am a 40 yof and I couldn't stop watching until it was binged fully. I highly recommend this. It's good to see TV that isn't teenagers sucking blood.
  • mmccord912611 May 2015
    Up there with Friends, Northern Exposure,....
    Grace and Frankie is a heartfelt comedy excellently portrayed by four veteran actors. This original comedy takes you into the lives of two couples and their families as they work through a major change in family dynamics. You'll find yourself wanting to learn more about the four main characters and how they adapt to their ensuing life changes. You'll find yourself empathizing with Grace and Frankie as they each reconcile with the end of their 40 year marriages. New opportunities for personal growth and understanding of different lifestyles create a platform for growth and understanding between all four characters. I watched all 13 episodes in 3 days and I did indeed laugh out-loud! Hats off to NetFlix for delivering a much needed adult comedy. Thank you to Lily, Jane, Sam and Martin for breathing the life into these characters.
  • B.g. Thomas12 May 2015
    I Love This Show!
    I will admit the first episode is kind of "meh." I wasn't thrilled. I mean this was Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda! It should have been rolling funny.

    It wasn't. And the second episode? Well...

    But then!! OMGosh!

    By the third episode the writers and cast and crew had found their stride and I was in love. So clever! So funny! So sweet! So engaging! Yes, that is a lot of explanation points but I couldn't help it. The show deserves them all.

    Lily is simply wonderful as Frankie. I mean I fell in love with her. I want her as my BFF. Fonda was wonderful as well as the uptight Grace. She could have played it as a cliché but I was happy to find myself slowly warming up her as the episodes passed. In other words, Fonda showed up the person beneath the outer shell.

    I liked Sheen but was crazy about Waterston playing the men who leave their wives to be with each other.

    I wasn't crazy about some of the kids, but that wasn't the actor's faults. They did great. I just didn't find them very likable people. But again that was all right.

    For instance is Brooklyn Decker cold as Mallory--but she was a chip off her old mother (Fonda). And Fonda's other daughter, June Diane Raphael as Brianna, is a bit of a bit*h. But again, she was a product of a mother who was never there and very self involved.

    I did however love Ethan Embry as Coyote (one of Tomlin's adopted kids). He is a recovering addict of all kinds and my heart went out to him. The only member of the cast that I was cold to was Baron Vaughn as Nwabudike (the other adopted son). I don't want to be mean but he was terrible. He approached his character as if this show were a 70s sitcom and not a Netflix dramedy--his acting over the top. He jolted me out of the story every time.

    I really hope this show comes back for a second season. I loved it!
  • miriacs689 May 2015
    Watched the whole series in one afternoon
    Warning: Spoilers
    Watching it all at once gave you sense of it being more a lengthy movie than a sitcom and that word doesn't even suit it. I found it delighful, the first episode wasn't memorable but had me intrigued enough to go for more and I am so glad.

    Fonda looks amazing! OMG, even if she had plastic surgery or not, to cut such a striking figure at 77, you just want what she has been on and she plays the dutiful uptight wife so well.

    Tomlinson is her exact opposite, but equally as brilliant in her roles as the forgotten hippy. Her wardrobe is absolutely fantastic.

    Waterson and Sheen actually make a hugely believable older gay couple, there is no awkwardness and they fit together so well.

    It will remind you of the odd couple as Fonda/Tomlinson find each other pushed together over the circumstances of their husbands announcing they have been in a secret relationship for 20 years and finally breaking free of their wives and making a life together, including marrying. But rather than an ongoing joke, you will see Fonda/Tomlinson come together as new found friends, that was always simmering in the past but neither could get past each other's nuances. You kinda get they really they always needed each other.

    Their respective families characters are a little wishy washy and it's hard to get into their "heads" at first and I think it does take the entire series to really understand any of them.

    I am looking forward to season 2 and further development of all the characters, I just hope that it ends before it get's stale, too many seasons would see this show become a soap opera, instead of a wonderful look into the older generation. Forget the Golden Girls, they were quintessential for their time, but they brought far more satire and humour to the subject of ageing rather than the serious side which Grace and Frankie do.
  • snowdogmom-710-80550310 May 2015
    Worth watching, great cast that didn't disappoint.
    I was pleasantly surprised by Grace and Frankie. So often lately I have been disappointed in spite of a stellar cast. In this case the cast lived up to their reputations and I have to commend Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen for their performances. Another reviewer who stated "The thing about dramedies is that you want them to both be funny and dramatically compelling (i.e. Transparent). Grace and Frankie wasn't especially funny. And the trite hippie/uptight odd couple theme undercuts the drama; how sorry can you feel for clichés?" I'm not sure if he actually watched more than the 1st episode and if he didn't he missed the best part as it did start off a bit slow but Grace and Frankie is compelling with several interesting stories to tell with humor thrown in where it was needed. I felt like I was peeking in on 2 real families as they dealt with life changing events. I liked this so much more than Transparent which I thought was one huge cliché. The writing here was so much better and didn't rely on continual shock value, excessive foul language, and gratuitous nudity to get the story told or to hold the viewers interest. The solid script and performances did that in Grace and Frankie.
  • beautyls10 May 2015
    Great Show = I loved it.....
    I loved the show, I hope there will be another season. I am looking forward to the next season. I watched the whole season in one afternoon. I found the show to be very funny. I love Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. The story line was very creative, and the casting was perfect. I have read the reviews and I am happy that some enjoyed the show as much as I did. I don't find a lot of the Netflix shows on TV but I am a true fan of Netflix and find most their shows are very entertaining. I have had Netflix for years and find they have excellent shows. Grace and Frankie was a true gem of a show. Wow ten lines is a lot of information for someone like me that is not a big talker.
  • cindymerriman17 May 2015
    Grace & Frankie
    This is an 11 out of 10 for rating. I find the entire cast amazing, and one of the best shows I've seen on net flex in a while. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin look amazing, and make a great team. I power watched the episodes in one day, and awaiting many more. Keep them coming - I can't wait for more. I love Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen, and as actors, they make it seem so real. The actors portraying the children -awesome choice for great acting and seemed to have the reactions fitting for this type of family drama Brooklyn, Ethan, June and Baron nice job. Looking forward to this series continuing, and the chemistry between Jane & Lily, you nailed it. Keep up the good work.
  • Peter2206015 May 2015
    VERY FUNNY SCRIPTING OF a 21st Century happening
    I find the performances of Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin terrific. I think the criticism of the acting is a misunderstanding of possible real life circumstances. Sam Waterston's character is probably what you might expect from someone married thirty five years, and in the same relationship for twenty years... my dull life continues. Martin Sheen seems to make his character more "Birdcage" and is not quite as enthusiastic as I would expect in view of "the odd couples'" engagement.

    I loved Lily Tomlin's beach scene. It reminded me of a scene from the movie CONNIE AND CARLA. The two women will carry this show. Their performances in NINE TO FIVE have given them the cooperative experience to make this show work.

    For an audience which contain millennial, their heads and sexuality views are expecting too much from characters that are in their seventies.

    I don't know any senior same sex marrieds, but I would assume they have the same lives as many bored "traditional" couples.

    I will admit that if the men cast were Spencer Tracy and Cary Grant, and the women cast were Kathryn Hepburn and Lucille Ball, everyone would be screaming, Bravo, Encore (and not the television networks).
  • cfleszar17 May 2015
    I can relate! Great show focused on Straight Spouses.
    As a straight spouse, I love this show! The one thing I'd like to work in is Straight Spouse Network, www.straightspouse.org , an organization and support group that has saved many of us.

    I'm five years out from disclosure on June 12. My ex and I are in a really good place. I'm no longer in love with him... but we love and care about each other a lot. We are very good friends and awesome parents together to our four young daughters. He has a serious boyfriend who seems like a good guy that has met the kids.

    But no matter how good of a place we're in, tgt (the gay thing) is something we never totally "get over." The pain is too deep and life changing.

    Watching Grace & Frankie, I started crying when Frankie went to her gay husband/best friend's bed and cuddled. Totally me. I clung to him after disclosure. I found the most comfort in the arms of the person causing my pain. In many respects, my ex is like the character Sol. I pretty much cried through the first episode after that cuddling scene. ... though laughing at the jokes, through tears that seemed to hit the mark in many ways. This show has people involved who have lived through this trauma. That is clear in so many ways that a non-straight spouse wouldn't notice.

    While this show isn't the exact straight spouse experience, for entertainment, it is a massive flying leap in the right direction, many things are a true reflection of our experience. It not only puts the idea of straight spouses in front of the general public, it focuses a show on their pain and process more than anyone else has dared to do.

    If a show or movie reflected the true experience of a str8, no one would produce it or watch it yet. No one could tolerate a show about my bawling, vomiting, curled up in a ball on the cement basement floor under a shelving unit, wishing the earth would suck me in.... while being unable to answer the calls of my children trying to find me. Weeks in, it would celebrate my victory of managing to make Mac&Cheese. That show would have no viewers resulting in no one being exposed to straight spouses... or having a clue that it hurts.

    I am grateful for this show and the huge impact it's making. It gives the entertainment industry permission to share the straight spouse experience in an honest manner. It'll only become more honest and true as the industry and audiences become comfortable with it.

    Thank you for this show!!!
  • munchere-260-59879926 March 2017
    Started out good but tired of Frankie character
    I loved this show for the first couple seasons. I am impressed with Jane Fonda's performance. I never liked her before but she is so believable in this. I liked that the show dealt with older women's issues too. The gay angle was an interesting twist.

    What I don't like I guess is the writing. Everyone gives in to Frankie's tantrums. It's no longer believable. Frankie never adjusts - just bullies everyone else. It's not funny any more. Tired of it. And Sol too is annoying too. Again like he possesses the only truth and everyone needs to catch up. Can't watch it any more. So disappointing because I thought this was a keeper.

    I'd like to see the writing address real world issues with humor like they are doing with the older women's issues. The stupid Frankie behavior is a distraction that doesn't add anything.
  • wigtonjeff27 March 2017
    talented cast, lame storyline,scripts and plots.
    I really did want to like this show...the writing doesn't hold up to the talented cast.....silly and tiring and forced plot about Frankie and Grace and their contrived relationship. It's a forced plot line and actually quite tiring. Seems like it is predicated around the bickering between the forced, overblown Tomlin, and the excellent Fonda...Fonda's acting deserves a better vehicle. Sheen and Waterson are not believable at all...talented cast, bad scripts and plot line...
  • jlthornb5125 May 2015
    Bitter Disappointment and an Awful Flop
    Given the talent involved with Grace and Frankie and the legendary status of its stars, this is one of the most bitter disappointments to ever be produced in any entertainment medium. Watching something this terrible is more like torture than entertainment. Is this supposed to be a comedy, a tragedy, a farce, or drama? It doesn't work as any of those and not as any combination thereof. The chuckles are few and far between but the squirm factor is quite high. It's painful to watch actors of such stature, a Martin Sheen and a Sam Waterston, deliver lines that are so forced and stilted. Tomlin and Fonda do little better with the dialog they are given and one can't help but feel the writers have betrayed all of them outrageously and are arrogantly indifferent to their hapless victims' suffering. Have these people no shame? Perhaps this looked good on paper but it's absolutely awful. Rarely does it seem possible an audience may be suffering flop sweats from watching a bad show but one senses that may be happening from the perspective of personal experience. Flop sweats on behalf of the respected actors? That may be some new ground broken with this show. Painful is a word that begs to be repeated. None of this is because this particular viewer is sensitive to the subject mater or prudish in anyway. That is not the case at all. It is more a matter of being subjected to watching some favorite actors humiliated by really poor material supplied by hacks. If this were a Broadway play, it would have closed after the first night and be soon forgotten because it hurts too much to remember it. The cast of this fiasco were not afforded that opportunity and unfortunately, Grace and Frankie is going to be on Netflix forever. At least it will seem that way.
  • Phylum2213 May 2015
    The most awful TV programme
    For such a stellar cast I would have expected some real acting. This is possibly the worst thing I have ever seen.

    The jokes fall flat or are just obscene. The actors seem wooden and stiff, the two husbands seen very uncomfortable with the intimate side of their relationship. The two wives are slightly better. The children are not convincing and the acting leaves a lot to be desired.

    I am onto episode 3, thought I'd see if it picked up, but is still as bad as the pilot.

    All in all a truly terrible effort from such high rated stars.

    I am astounded at the high IMDb score.
  • pyler-2579025 May 2015
    this show has amazing stars and it is not funny
    Who is writing this,twenty somethings?, I really tried to give it a go. The characters are so one dimensional (Martin Sheen is the only one that I can believe).The relationship between Sol and Robert is almost believable, but the relationship between Grace and Frankie is dull and superficial. And there are a lot of funny things that could happen besides making shoe jokes. Also Grace and Frankie are so stereotypical and it's just not funny. I watched this to get a laugh and could not find one. The children in the show confuse me, they are disconnected, it seems like they got written in later as an after thought. If the writers could sit in a room with me and my friends they would see just how funny life after 60 can be.
  • Elizabeth Dial24 May 2015
    Polyamorous Us
    Polyamory, many loves, that is what this show is about. Beautifully written, lots of wit and charm, great actors, story for our times. I LOVE this show!

    Makes me laugh. Makes me cry.... especially a scene in the final episode.... but I'm not going to be the spoiler =) What I do want is another season of this show to see where all that goes!

    I love the character in their early 70's. It makes it all that much more quirky.... and real. Not real as in, that's how TRUE middle America would act. But real, as in that's how life evolves.

    Great stuff. So glad I found it. Maybe not for the 70-something or over crowd (but I hope so!), but especially for the 40-50-60 something crowd, Grace & Frankie is setting the tone for us.

    PLEASE, keep more episodes in production!
  • perez-j-alberto10 September 2015
    This Show Should be Called Horrible People
    This show barely merits the time it is taking to write these few words. It is a joke, and one that is not funny at that. It was a chain of cliché's wrapped around the decaying careers of previously good actors. The writing is complete drivel. Not one character has any redeeming quality. It is (accidentally) a show about being in being self-centered and in a state of self-absorption. In that respect it is fascinating especially seeing how many people seem to have loved it. What did they love? Mean Jane Fonda? Dim-witted Lily Tomlin? Narcissistic Martin Sheen? Sad Sam Waterston? All hate- worthy. And the topic of sexuality is written in such a flippant, unrealistic manner, we can only assume that at some level it is actually mean-spirited.
  • Katerina Robertovla18 July 2015
    Pure Garbage
    Warning: Spoilers
    I knew immediately when the two couples sat down to dinner that the two men were going to say "We're in love." Actually I knew they were going to say "We've been in love a *long* time." Sheen was the least believable of the two male characters. Waterston seemed to have more of a soul.

    Nevertheless. ..

    What a stupid, clichéd TV show-- an insult to not only the actors playing these characters but also to the viewers.

    The two women were so - so. How ridiculous that they had to say all those stupid lines and mug for the camera over and over again about their shocking situation.

    This TV series is just more evidence of the U.S.'s downward spiral. Our culture is stupid, vapid, dumbed down and gives no hope.
  • dogwater-12 June 2015
    It Tugs Itself, Then Tries to Tug You
    Who is not an admirer of the four principals of this show? And they are certainly the only reason to spend anytime with this well-meaning, even brave attempt to stretch the boundaries of the TV Sit-Com. The ultimate failure, and I have seen all the episodes of the first season, I believe, is due primarily to the scripts and the tug-of-war apparent in almost every episode to decide whether to go for verisimilitude or the joke. Well, the joke usually wins in TV as it does here, but because it comes from some idea of a higher purpose unrealized that fell short, the joke falls flat. Dead ends abound in the plot. Interesting characters, played by interesting actors, appear, then disappear. Can you have comedy and truth? Of course. If we believe in the reality of the characters, we will laugh at their predicaments, particularly if they resonate with our own life and experience. The four stars soldier on tugging at our admiration for their skills in mining ore from gravel, but the equally important actors playing their four children do not have these skills and seem to be in something like "Saved By the Bell." And within the episode, is still the tension of the indecision of whether all this means something or is just another set of television circumstances to elicit a laugh or two. And tension is a comedy killer.
  • Siobhan Lydon10 May 2015
    They have a great concept and don't ruin it
    The writers have a great concept, stellar cast and unlike most films / shows these days, they don't totally wreck it.

    The concept is simple - two straight married couples break up after 40 years of friendship when the husbands decided to marry each other. The wives help each other recover by moving in with each other.

    The natural humour comparison is with '9 to 5' when Fonda, Tomlin and Parton set a new bar for humour'. The story is far from reality because no wife would be that easy going and certainly won't go to the husbands wedding without a flame-thrower.

    Michael Sheen and Sam Waterston are a novel couple, surprisingly relaxed about coming out after sneaking about for 20 years.

    There are no 'belly laughs' but it is enjoyable. As we say in Ireland 'Up with This Sort of Thing'.
  • Brigid O Sullivan (wisewebwoman)31 May 2015
    Beyond Belief
    Grace & Frankie is simply appalling. On so many levels.

    I started watching it and finished forever at the end of the first episode.

    Caricatures, all of them. Plastic faces trying to convey emotion of any kind is a challenge not met well in this sad, sad effort.

    Add to that: appalling schlock for a script. Cringeworthy.

    I do wonder who's writing this stuff as every scene is an insult to the intelligence.

    It begs the question: who would watch this drivel. Do these actors have a pulse anymore?

    I couldn't say Grace & Frankie is a train wreck because a train wreck would demand attention. But the entire Red Cross couldn't help this pathetic production.

    All these wonderful old stars thrown into this pit of ridicule is very, very sad.

    It should have been terminated at the first table reading.

    1/10. Awful. Shameful. A travesty.
  • thomwjcrowley11 May 2015
    A very big disappointment.
    I have watched 13 episodes of this show .I had looked forward to it .It had the potential to be a great show...The premise, the actors , the subject ,the timing etc. Frankly it is an embarrassment..It is full of clichés...Poor one's; melodramatically delivered..Tomlin pulls her character off...(sort of)...

    ..Fonda ?? pathetic.The two lead males have no credible presence at all. In fact the slapstick quality (pun intended) is an insult to same sex relationships any where.

    The writers of the show do not seem to be at all informed of the potential of the stories possibilities. Perhaps they think the subject absurd...I can only gather that it is terrible writing... Or the actors cannot give it the credibility required .

    The writers should be ashamed of themselves ...the two Executive producers???Tomlin and Fonda??Really you two can do better than this.

    Sorry...Thom Crowley
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