Ever wondered how hot chocolate or risotto makes you feel? Warm and comforting from inside, isn't it? Well, that is how the show Grace and Frankie is. It is television's favourite comfort food.
Who didn’t want to see Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in an “Odd Couple” situation, sharing a glorious beach house? Season six recycles some storylines, treads over familiar territory and continues to be a wonderfully diverting piece of TV comfort food.
In season 6, Jane Fonda's Grace has married shady, yet charming, businessman Nick (Peter Gallagher) in an un-Grace-like Vegas ceremony, packed up her things and moved to his luxury penthouse. The honeymoon period wears off quickly though. While Grace loves Nick, she finds it harder to love the close business relationship he has with his ex-wife and current assistant, Miriam (a delightful Mary Steenburgen). Fonda has great chemistry with both Gallagher and Steenburgen. All their scenes together have a flair and rhythm reminding you of the sitcoms of the 90s.
Upon moving to Nick’s stylish and plush penthouse, Grace finds she’s unable to get herself up off the couch or even the toilet seat. After calling Frankie for help, the duo decides to start yet another business. Their product: a motorized toilet seat that can raise itself to help older people get up without hurting themselves.
Parts of the season feel rushed, usually the subplots involving Grace and Frankie’s now-married ex-husbands Sol (Sam Waterston) and Robert (Martin Sheen) or Grace’s daughters Brianna (June Diane Raphael) and Mallory (Brooklyn Decker). Frankie is has found herself a new love interest too, but that plot line is also a little flimsy.
There are precious few shows starring women over 40, much less women over 80. It’s great to see these characters in a business setting, actively designing products that address issues faced by senior citizens. “Grace and Frankie” manages to find the comedy, as well as the heart, in getting older.