Sunday, July 17, 2016

Grace and Frankie: Season One 2015

     This series originally streamed on Netflix starting May 8, 2015.  Grace is married to Robert and Frankie is married to Sol.  Robert and Sol are partners as San Diego divorce lawyers.  The two couples have purchased a beach cottage together and they have their individual homes.  Grace had her own cosmetics company but she gave the business to her daughter Mallory.  She decided she wanted to spend more time at home.  Frankie is an art teacher to former convicts and she has a studio in the beach cottage.  In the first episode, their lives and marriages are torn apart when Robert and Sol announce they want divorces so they can marry each other!!
     There is a limited scope to the story and the eight main characters.  Only so much can be happening with the couples, families and problems?  What if the two lead female actresses played against type and Grace was the artist and Frankie the businesswoman.  It seems Fonda is usually refined and Tomlin is a hippie in the roles they normally play?  3 1/2* (I liked this series)

30 min, 377 min total, TV series, 13 episodes, created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, Sam Waterston, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, June Diane Raphael, Baron Vaughn.
Special Note:  Episode titles are The End, The Credit Cards, The Dinner, The Funeral, The Fall, The Earthquake, The Spelling Bee, The Sex, The Invitation, The Elevator, The Secrets, The Bachelor Party, The Vows.

Note:  Imdb 8.2 out of 10, 72% critic 88% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.7* out of 5* with 113 reviews.
Special Note:  There was a bit of an upset when it was revealed that Sheen and Waterston were paid more money than Fonda and Tomlin!!  Fonda and Tomlin said they were OK with the salary figures but I wonder if they really were or they didn't want to cause upsets?

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