Thursday, May 7, 2015

Grace and Frankie : Finally A Show My Wife Will Watch With Me

After the kids go to bed, it is time for my wife and I to watch shows "together". I say "together" because we may end up in the same room but we are never really together. She is usually on her device or I am not mine, unable to make a compromise on the content.

She likes her shows and I like mine. We haven't been able to agree on many that we like to watch together. I like drama and she doesn't. If she is overwhelmed, she leaves the room and comes back for the synopsis which I have to then relay to her before the show ends. She can only handle comedy which I enjoy but after awhile I get bored of it because there isn't enough drama.

See the dilemma? We'd like to come together in the perfect marriage of drama and comedy. That's exactly what we found in a Netflix Original series Grace and Frankie which premieres on Netflix May 8th. Do you think the way we've watched TV together has drastically changed? So has the family dynamic.

In Grace and Frankie, Jane Fonda (“Grace”) and Lily Tomlin (“Frankie”) star as two women whose lives are suddenly turned upside down when their husbands reveal they are gay and leave them for each other. Both sparring partners and partners-in-crime, they form an unlikely bond to face an uncertain future together and discover a new definition of “family,” with laughter, tears and plenty of mood enhancers along the way. Together, they must face starting again in their 70s in a 21st century world.

Sounds perfect right?  With stars like Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin who we haven't seen together since 9 to 5, you know their chemistry is going to be amazing. Supported by male leads Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston this is a show that had us laughing and crying at the same time. My wife loved Lily Tomlin's character, Frankie for her no BS hippie persona which is a great contrast to Jane Fonda's straight laced socialite character Grace.

Honestly, the greatest premise of the show is the dynamic relationships built by the show's excellent writing. In secret, Sol (Waterston) and Robert (Sheen) have been building a gay relationship unbeknownst to any of their families who just assumed they were close because of their business relationship.

The series breaks new ground in the complicated relationship they have forged despite their marital ties. They both come out at a time in their lives when they feel safe sharing their true feelings for each other. Only this isn't your typical, he's been cheating and he's trading me in for a younger model. This is a true story about a blended family that proves that family is what you make it. I applaud Netflix for doing something new. We've finally found something my wife and I can watch together.

Watch Grace and Frankie on Netflix starting May 8th. You can watch the trailer below:

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