When Netflix Canada suggested I try a new comedy, I was a little hesitant. I mean, I haven’t seen a really good regular comedy series in quite some time. The wife and I love Orange Is The New Black, but it’s not really JUST a comedy, so I don’t know if it counts. We recently completed the entire ten seasons of Friends on Netflix, but we just don’t watch a lot of comedies these days…which is odd since we love to laugh. But I thought I’d at least give Grace and Frankie a try.
Netflix’s new original comedy was released earlier this month. It’s an older cast featuring Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterston. Really, the show is described as an example of how today’s families can shift, rearrange, and blend in unexpected ways. In a month where I’ve been blogging about “modern families”, this certainly fit the bill. The plot of the show goes like this:
“When Grace and Frankie’s husbands leave them after 40 years of marriage—to be with each other—the women find themselves facing a change they never expected. They shift their perspective to get through it together, with the support of their new blended family and, of course, a sense of humour.”
For an exclusive sneak peek, check out the trailer below.
At first, both Sunshine and I weren’t overly keen on giving it a shot, but we both decided to be open-minded. We’re glad we did.
There’s just something about Jane Fonda dropping an F-bomb that makes me smile. I wouldn’t say that this is the best comedy we’ve ever seen, but it’s certainly entertaining. We’re about five episodes into the show and we certainly don’t hate it (there are thirteen episodes altogether). I’m not sure if I completely buy the gay relationship between the two husbands (Sheen and Waterston), but I’m enjoying the slow progression of everybody being adversaries to slowly becoming friends. The supporting cast is quirky and fun and helps show how crazy today’s families can be.
We’ll probably finish out the season just to see how things progress and end. If you’re looking for something a little different, this might be the comedy for you.