This Galentine’s Day, we pick our favorite episodes about female friendships

In 5 To Watch, five writers from The A.V. Club look at the latest streaming TV arrivals, each making the case for a favored episode. Alternately, they can offer up recommendations inspired by a theme. The reasons for their picks might differ, but they can all agree that each episode is a must-watch. In this…

Grace And Frankie turned up the drama this season by selling out its two leads

The dramedy genre remains very much in vogue on TV, to the consternation of awards show voters everywhere. Netflix’s Grace And Frankie is one offering in that increasingly popular hybrid format, but unlike its contemporaries Transparent or One Mississippi—or insert some other, non-Amazon title here—the series has…

Martin Sheen doesn’t think celebrity qualifies you for the presidency

It’s hard to believe that, with an acting career that spans five decades and multiple genres, there are some movies Martin Sheen has struggled to get made. 2011’s The Way, a family collaboration with his son Emilio Estevez and grandson Taylor Estevez, was only completed after Sheen mortgaged his home to provide the…

“The Gun” rips Grace And Frankie apart

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After the touching display of friendship in “The Burglary,” Grace and Frankie’s relationship is suddenly, violently fractured by Grace’s little firearm stunt that punctuated last episode. By the end of “The Gun,” Frankie declares she’s done with Grace entirely, and it looks like the two women are back where they began.

Grace And Frankie wants to talk to you about masturbation

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The ménage-a-moi has arrived on Grace And Frankie, and it’s got glow-in-the-dark control buttons, a soft-grip sleeve, easy-to-adjust angles, and a quiet buzz. The purple prototypes of Grace and Frankie’s first vibrators instantly become a great prop in the world of this show, and Grace and Frankie waste no time before…

It’s condoms versus vibrators on Grace And Frankie

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In “The Incubator,” Grace drags Frankie, to an incubator which, to Frankie’s dismay, is not a chicken incubator but rather a tech startup. Parodying the tech startup world is certainly well-trodden territory on television, but Grace And Frankie largely succeeds in making it feel fresh. Frankie and Grace waltz into the…

An art show puts Grace And Frankie’s character-driven comedy on display

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Grace And Frankie’s third season jumps into the messy dynamics brought out in the final altercation between its titular characters and their families at the end of season two. Last season, Grace and Frankie were at their most fraught, pulled apart by Grace’s drinking problem. But the death of their dear mutual friend…