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Grace and Frankie is an American comedy web television series created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris for Netflix. The series stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (who previously starred in the 1980 film 9 to 5) in the title roles of Grace and Frankie, two unlikely friends who are brought together after their husbands announce that they are in love and plan to get married. Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, June Diane Raphael, and Baron Vaughn co-star in supporting roles. It premiered on Netflix on May 8, 2015, with all 13 episodes of the first season released simultaneously. The second, third, and fourth seasons, also consisting of 13 episodes each, have been released on May 6, 2016, March 24, 2017, and January 19, 2018, respectively.

Grace and Frankie
Grace and Frankie title card.jpg
Genre Comedy
Created by
Starring
Opening theme "Stuck in the Middle with You"
performed by Grace Potter
Composer(s) Sam KS
Michael Skloff
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Cinematography Gale Tattersall
Editor(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25–35 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Netflix
Release
Original network Netflix
Picture format 4K (Ultra HD)
Original release May 8, 2015 (2015-05-08) – present
External links
Official website

Despite mixed reviews upon its debut, the series was met with a more positive critical reception towards its later seasons and has received several nominations, including four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy.

On February 15, 2018, Grace and Frankie was renewed for a fifth season.[1]

Contents

PremiseEdit

The series follows Grace, a retired cosmetics mogul, and Frankie, a hippie art teacher, whose husbands, Robert and Sol, are successful divorce lawyers in San Diego. Grace and Frankie's lives are turned upside down when Robert and Sol announce that they are in love with each other and are leaving their wives. Now, the women, who have never particularly liked each other, are forced to live together and learn to unite and cope with difficulties.

CastEdit

MainEdit

  • Jane Fonda as Grace Hanson, a retired cosmetics mogul
  • Lily Tomlin as Frances "Frankie" Bergstein (née Mengela), a hippie art teacher
  • Martin Sheen as Robert Hanson, a successful divorce lawyer and Grace's former husband who later becomes Sol's husband
  • Sam Waterston as Sol Bergstein, a successful divorce lawyer and Frankie's former husband who later becomes Robert's husband
  • June Diane Raphael as Brianna Hanson, older daughter of Grace and Robert, head of the company founded and once run by Grace
  • Baron Vaughn as Nwabudike "Bud" Bergstein, son of Frankie and Sol, and also a lawyer at Robert & Sol's firm
  • Brooklyn Decker as Mallory Hanson, younger daughter of Grace and Robert, a wife and mother of four children
  • Ethan Embry as Coyote Bergstein, son of Frankie and Sol, a substitute teacher and recovering addict

RecurringEdit

Actor Character Season
1 2 3 4
Ernie Hudson Jacob Recurring
Brittany Ishibashi Erica Guest Recurring Guest
Geoff Stults Mitch Recurring Guest
Tim Bagley Peter Recurring Guest Recurring
Peter Cambor Barry Recurring Guest Recurring
Craig T. Nelson Guy Recurring
Michael Charles Roman Adam Guest Recurring Guest Recurring
Marsha Mason Arlene Guest Recurring
Swoosie Kurtz Janet Guest Guest
Lindsey Kraft Allison Giampietro-Smikowitz Recurring
Megan Ferguson Nadia Guest Recurring
Peter Gallagher Nick Skolka Recurring
Jack Plotnick Paul Recurring
Lisa Kudrow Sheree Recurring
Talia Shire Teddie Recurring
Sam Elliott Phil Milstein Recurring
Mark Deklin Roy Recurring
Carrie Preston Krystle Guest

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes Originally released
1 13 May 8, 2015 (2015-05-08)
2 13 May 6, 2016 (2016-05-06)
3 13 March 24, 2017 (2017-03-24)
4 13 January 19, 2018 (2018-01-19)

Production and developmentEdit

In March 2014, Netflix finalized a deal for a 13-episode straight-to-series order for Grace and Frankie, with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin attached to star in the lead roles. The series was written and created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, who also serve as executive producers alongside Fonda, Tomlin, Paula Weinstein and Tate Taylor, and Skydance Productions' Dana Goldberg, David Ellison and Marcy Ross.[2]

On May 26, 2015, Netflix renewed the series for a second season[3] which premiered on May 6, 2016.[4]

On December 10, 2016, the series was renewed for a third season[5] which premiered on March 24, 2017.[6]

On April 12, 2017, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on January 19, 2018.[7][8]

On February 15, 2018, the series was renewed for a fifth season, with RuPaul announced to guest star as a rival of Grace & Frankie.[1]

CastingEdit

Casting announcements began in June 2014, with Martin Sheen cast in the role of Robert, Grace's husband.[9] The following month, Sam Waterston was cast in the role of Sol, Frankie's husband.[10] June Diane Raphael and Baron Vaughn were then added to the cast, with Raphael cast in the role of Brianna, Grace and Robert's elder daughter, who rebels against Grace's decorum. Vaughn signed onto the role of Nwabudike, Frankie and Sol's son.[11] Shortly afterwards, Ethan Embry and Brooklyn Decker were cast in the remaining roles on the series. Embry joined in the role of Coyote, Frankie and Sol's recovering drug addicted son, while Decker signed onto the role of Mallory, Grace and Robert's younger daughter.[12] In October 2015, it was announced Sam Elliott would appear in the second season as Grace's love interest.[13] In April 2017, it was reported that Lisa Kudrow will appear in the fourth season as Sheree, Grace's manicurist.[7] In February 2018, the same day as the fifth season was commissioned, RuPaul was confirmed to appear in the fifth season as a rival of Grace and Frankie.[1]

FilmingEdit

Production on season one of Grace and Frankie began in Los Angeles, California, in early August 2014, and ended in late November.[14] Production on season two of the series began in July 2015, and ended in November the same year.[15][16]

ReceptionEdit

The first season of Grace and Frankie received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a rating of 50%, based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Grace and Frankie's stellar cast adds an undeniable appeal, although its sloppy dialogue and clichéd sitcom setup will still leave most viewers wanting."[17] On Metacritic the season has a score of 58 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[18]

The second season received a more positive reception from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a rating of 89%, based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10.[19] On Metacritic, the season has a score of 62 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[20] Jasef Wisener of TVOvermind gave the second season a 4.5/5, calling it "heartfelt and hilarious" and "a huge improvement over the sometimes sluggish first season." [21]

The third season received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a rating of 100%, based on 5 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10.[22]

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2015
67th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated
[23]
20th Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated
[24]
73rd Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Lily Tomlin Nominated
[25]
Dorian Awards TV Comedy of the Year Nominated
[26]
TV Performance of the Year – Actress Jane Fonda Nominated
TV Performance of the Year – Actress Lily Tomlin Nominated
LBGTQ TV Show of the Year Nominated
27th GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
[27]
19th OFTA Awards Best Comedy Series Nominated
[28]
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Jane Fonda Won
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Sam Waterston Nominated
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
Best Direction in a Comedy Series Nominated
Best Writing in a Comedy Series Nominated
2016
68th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated
[29]
[30]
Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series, or Movie Allyson Fanger, Lori DeLapp Nominated
23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Jane Fonda Nominated
[31]
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated
Costume Designers Guild Awards Outstanding Contemporary Television Series Allyson B. Fanger Nominated
[32]
28th GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
[33]
Artios Awards Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Television Pilot - Comedy Tracy Lilienfield, Emily Towler Nominated
[34]
20th OFTA Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Jane Fonda Nominated
[35]
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated
Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
2017
69th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Jane Fonda Nominated
[36]
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Contemporary Series, Limited Series, or Movie Nominated
Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour or Less) Nominated
2018
24th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Jane Fonda Nominated
[31]
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated

ControversyEdit

After the show's release, Tomlin and Fonda expressed displeasure once it became public that their salaries were just equal to those of Sheen and Waterston, even though "the show is not 'Sol and Robert', it's 'Grace and Frankie,'" in the words of Lily Tomlin,[37] and contended this constituted a significant pay inequity. Shortly thereafter, Sheen and Waterston went on the record to support their co-stars' demands for a salary increase, with Waterston being quoted as saying: "I think they're being cheated".[38] After fans of the show gathered nearly 200,000 signatures on a petition protesting the disparity, the two actresses issued a public statement backing away from criticism, saying: "This just reminds us to be mindful of how things come across in interviews. We appreciate everyone's support and the attention to this issue, but the structure of Grace and Frankie is fair, and we couldn't be happier to work with Skydance, Netflix and the great cast of this show."[39] Fonda and Tomlin made a statement to The Wrap that they were never unhappy with the salaries to start with and that they had "made a joke in an interview about our salaries, which was taken out of context."[39]

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