Netflix’s new half-hour dramedy series Grace & Frankie stars Jane Fonda and out actress Lily Tomlin as reluctant friends who come together after their husbands leave them for each other. Longtime business partners Robert (Martin Sheen) and Sol (Sam Waterson) finally feel like they are able to come out to the world, but unfortunately, it means shattering the lives of their wives, Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin), respectively.
Despite it being a massive tragedy for the women, who can’t believe they’ve been deceived for so long only to find themselves single in their 60s, Grace and Frankie are also not on the greatest of terms. They’ve put up with one another for the sake of their husbands’ “friendship” all this time, but now they are stuck commiserating at their shared beach hour while their soon-to-be exes enjoy the freedom they have to be who they are.
Grace & Frankie is 13 episodes of smart and progressive storytelling with incredible range from both Lily and Jane, as expected. Both actresses are perfect in moments of heartfelt sadness and side-splitting hilarity. Created by Marta Koffman (Friends, Dream On) and Howard J. Morris (Home Improvement, According to Jim), Grace & Frankie has the balanced blend of tight writing and continued momentum while also offering Jane and Lily plenty of opportunities to show off why they living legends. (And seeing them together on-screen is such a treat for fans of 9-to-5).
We talked with Jane and Lily about their relationship on the show and how Grace and Frankie keep homophobia out of the equation.
Watch all 13 episodes of Grace & Frankie on Netflix now.