Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. Four acting pros having fun on Netflix. A few nights ago, a dear friend invited me to binge-watch four episodes of the new sitcom, GRACE AND FRANKIE. What a surprise! Man, did I enjoy those shows and the performances. Yes, we focus on four people who are well into their AARP years. But I saw an episode of NBC's Undateable recently. Oy. Grace and Frankie felt fresher than NBC's rehash of a Friends-type sitcom with a group of 30-somethings in Detroit. It's a sitcom set in Detroit and there's only one black person in the cast of regulars. Are you kidding me, NBC? Grace and Frankie were certainly fresher and funnier than either of the Kevin Hart movie comedies I had to endure this year for film review purposes. In this Netflix original production starring two actresses in their 70s, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin play rivals who share a beach house in Southern California.
Sheen plays Grace's husband, Robert. We've seen Sam Waterston for years as a no-nonsense character on Law & Order. In a rare and refreshing comedy role, Waterston stars as Sol, the man who must leave Frankie because he's fallen in love with Robert on Grace and Frankie. We see the sweet two senior males kiss. We see them in bed.