Over the last few years Netflix has really been delivering some great original series. For those that don’t subscribe the service can still check a lot of these out when they finally get released in full collections. Now Lionsgate is bringing one these series to DVD with Grace and Frankie Season One.
In the series, finding out that their husbands are not just work partners, but have also been romantically involved for the last 20 years, two women with an already strained relationship try to cope with the circumstances together. This series features a great cast with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin leading the series along with Martin Sheen and Sam Waterson playing their ex-husbands. The writing to this series is just so good allowing the personalities of these two strong women come forward to not only annoy each other, but also bring the laughs to the audience. There is plenty of comedy here in their situation, but they never forget the emotional struggle that both of them are dealing with in what is really a horrible situation for them. Sheen and Waterson as so good as their ex-husband’s who are now together as a couple. They never try to force the stereotype gay mentality and instead just try to showcase two people who found each other in an unexpected way and in turn found themselves. AS the episodes progress the relationship continues to evolve with positive moments, but they never stop annoying each other which makes for numerous laugh out loud moments. The rest of the cast are all great as well including Ethan Embry, Brooklyn Decker, June Diane Raphael, Craig T. Nelson, Geoff Stults, Ernie Hudson, and Michael Gross with some of them just playing bit parts and the others tagging along for longer arcs.
While the entire series works to perfection the best parts are when either of the pairs have their time alone. You get so many great heartfelt, emotional and hilarious moments that it takes this show to another level. While the main focus of the series is the two couples they give enough time to the dynamic of their grown children that are not only having to deal with the situation but also their own issues with each and lives. This brings even more to the table making the show offer up so much more than some may think. Both Fonda and Tomlin are excellent here, but its Tomlin that really steals the show. Her dry with and often times annoyance makes her the most entertaining character of the entire series. Her great performance is only made better getting to bounce it off of Fonda and the other great actors around them both.
This is one of those rare shows that brings two icons in the industry together for a premise that could have gone either way, but thankfully ended up being near perfection. Season two of the series hits Netflix on May 6th which makes it the perfect time for fans to get caught up with the first season. In addition to all of the episodes of the first season it also includes special features including a gag reel, commentaries, a featurette and a sneak peek at season two to get you excited for more fun to come with this great cast.
Step into this dysfunctional forced friendship when Grace and Frankie Season One available now from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.