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"Grace and Frankie" review by Eva Diaz 4/20/15
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I really wanted to see "Grace and Frankie," (which began airing on Netflix on May 2015) when I heard that Lily Tomlin (Frankie) and Jane Fonda (Grace) were the stars because these ladies are great at doing comedy.  They have wonderful chemistry together and superb comedic timing.  I was also thrilled to find out that Martin Sheen would play Grace's husband (Robert) and Sam Waterston would play Frankie's husband (Sol).  With this great cast, I had high expectations, but I must admit that there were a few disappointments.  Grace is a very straight-laced lady, and Frankie is a free spirit flower child.  These two women tolerate each other because their husbands are business partners.  What they find out in the first episode is that their husbands are gay, and now they want to divorce them to marry each other.  This puts the two women in limbo, and they don't know what to do next. Grace is worried about what will happen when her friends find out, and Frankie just feels that all of her years of marriage meant nothing because Robert never really loved her.  The show seems more like a drama to me, with some wonderful comedy thrown into it, rather than just a situation comedy. 

Although the cast is great, and all of the characters have super chemistry together, the show is a bit slow.  The strongest parts of the show are the scenes between Grace and Frankie as they struggle to get along because they are the only ones that understand what the other is going through, trying to start their lives again after getting a broken heart.  I think that if the show's pace was a bit faster, and it would concentrate more on the dram rather then inserting jokes in for the sake of calling itself a sitcom, it would be much better.  The first season of the show has 13 episodes and is worth watching. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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