Pointless Nonsense

Posted in tv by Bill on May 9, 2015

grace-and-frankieGrace and Frankie is Netflix’s new sitcom about two older ladies who hate each other, but are forced to spend time together because their husbands are business partners/best friends, and then some stuff happens (in the first 5 minutes, so it was probably revealed in every trailer, but I didn’t know, so I’d call it a spoiler) and they bond over being miserable together. I gave it a shot because a lot of good actors are in it, but I think it’s one of those things aimed at older women that’s just not for me.

It’s co-created by one of the Friends creators and also some guy who used to write for Home Improvement and According to Jim. The latter may explain the really obvious and tired gag where free spirit Lilly Tomlin is taking peyote and uptight Jane Fonda shows up and through a totally unexpected by the viewer mix-up, Fonda ends up taking peyote too. Martin Sheen joins Tomlin to have a sort of West Wing reuinion, while Sam Waterston also does sort of a Newsroom reunion with Fonda. Except Tomlin is married to Waterston and Fonda to Sheen. Their kids are played by Ethan Embry, the black guy who was Sarah Shahi’s assitant on that mediator show, Paul Scheer’s wife who’s on NTSF:SD:SUV::, and Brooklyn Decker.

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