GRACE AND FRANKIE dropped their final 12 episodes to Netflix’s longest running, original comedy a few months ago. If you are a fan of the series, it is worth your TV time to see the ending of this humorous journey. 

Since I am a fan, I can honestly say it was a great run. Was it sappy at times? Yes, but that is what made the characters beloved. Was it realistic or over-the-top? A bit of both. And again this gave the sitcom it’s edge and sarcasm that made viewers want to return each week. Were all the main characters annoying at times? Definitely. But who among any of us in real life aren’t? “Art always follows life.” 

What I loved the most about GRACE AND FRANKIE is the unapologetic friendship these two women had for each other. Jane Fonda an Lily Tomlin are consummate actresses. They know every trick in the “book” to get the audience in the palm of their hands and keep them there. We are just “putty.” I am not complaining. I am simply in awe. 

The writers did a great job of tying up all the loose ends. And there was a wonderful surprise appearance in the final episode. No spoilers here, but what a kick! There were many, serious issues discussed at times. Alzheimer’s, prison, losing your job, being robbed, health issues, mid-life crises, marriage break-ups, gay couples, and home catastrophes were all handled with authenticity and style. 

GRACE AND FRANKIE will always be one-of-a-kind. I am glad they ended the series on their own terms and in their thoroughly entertaining and original approach. It will be missed but is available to stream on Netflix.

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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