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Grace and Frankie is an American comedy series starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. It first premiered on Netflix in 2015 and the final episodes from the seventh season are now streaming.

GRACE & FRANKIE. (L to R) LILY TOMLIN as FRANKIE and JANE FONDA as GRACE

Photo Credit: Saeed Adyani/Netflix

Quick Synopsis

Grace and Frankie were brought together seven years ago when their husbands left them for one another. Over the years, the ladies’ bond grew stronger as they relied on each other while facing life’s obstacles. They have shared laughs, cries, shrooms, and even became prosperous entrepreneurs together. While Grace, played by Jane Fonda is buttoned up and snobby, Frankie, played by Lily Tomlin is free-spirited and ethereal. The series also follows Grace and Frankie’s ex-husbands, Sol (Sam Waterson) and Robert (Martin Sheen). In addition to their children, Bud (Baron Vaughn), Coyote (Ethan Embry), Brianna (June Diane Raphael), and Mallory (Brooklyn Decker). The foundation of the show is the chemistry between Fonda and Tomlin as they are the perfect sparring partners but are also partners-in-crime.

Major Plot Lines from Season Seven (SPOILER ALERT)

  • Frankie becomes more aware of her mortality
  • Frankie hosts a fake funeral for herself
  • Grace argues with Frankie about her obsession with death
  • Grace and Frankie reunite with their “9 to 5” co-star Dolly Parton
  • Robert’s memory is worsening, and he has difficulty accepting his declining health
  • Sol gently helps Robert realize he’s in denial and needs to see a doctor
  • Briana is ready for a fresh start after her breakup with Barry (Peter Cambor)
  • Mallory is let go from Say Grace
  • Briana proposes that she and Mallory start their own business
  • Bud quits his job to pursue his dreams of comedy
  • Coyote and Jessica (Christine Woods) get married
LILY TOMLIN as FRANKIE BERGSTEIN in GRACE and FRANKIE.

Photo Credit: Netflix

Review

After seven seasons and 94 episodes, the hilarious Grace and Frankie has come to an end. The show follows two women in their eighties who are forced to “start over” when it’s revealed that their husbands have been having an affair.

Over the seasons, Sam Waterson and Martin Sheen have respectfully depicted the relationship between Sol and Robert. In addition to Waterson and Sheen, the entire cast was essential to the success of the series. Seeing the children live their lives provided insight on how they were raised; thus, showing fans another side to Grace, Robert, Frankie, and Sol. The plot of the final season is whether these characters can welcome aging instead of fearing it. Despite the bumps in the road, all Grace and Frankie need is each other. The overall theme of the show is forming supportive friendships who we can count on in times of uncertainty. Grace and Frankie will go down in history as a classic comedy series starring the brilliant duo that is Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

Potential Spin-off in the Works

Both June Diane Raphael and Brooklyn Decker recently appeared on an episode of Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen to promote the release of the final season of Grace and Frankie. That night, Brooklyn revealed that June has written a spin-off of Grace and Frankie titled Brianna. The series would centre around Grace’s eldest daughter Brianna who is a fan favourite. June explained that the series is in the hands of Netflix and it’s up to the platform to give the go-ahead. Andy Cohen argued that it would be “rather dumb” of Netflix not to continue the show’s legacy, as it is the longest running series on the platform. June, Brooklyn, and Andy, all believe it is a wise business decision for Netflix to give the green light.

JUNE DIANE RAPHAEL as BRIANNA HANSON in GRACE and FRANKIE.

Photo Credit: Saeed Adyani/Netflix

Published by HOLR Magazine.