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…

In season three finale, Grace And Frankie let their fears float away in a hot air balloon

Some friendships are so intricate and intense and indescribable that they feel almost cosmic. I experienced friendships like these most potently in my childhood. But through its main characters, Grace And Frankie suggests that people in the later years of life experience these same intoxicating, complex friendships…

Fears get in the way of friendship on Grace And Frankie

All of the plot beats in “The Musical” play out pretty predictably—even more predictably than usual for this show. But part of Grace And Frankie’s charm is its ability to stir and surprise even when you can totally see what’s coming. The show surprises with its specifics, with its understated and underrated knack for…

“The Gun” rips Grace And Frankie apart

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.

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

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…

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Grace And Frankie are best business partners for life

In some ways, I wish the second season of Grace And Frankie had ended with “The Party.” Overall, it’s a much more emotionally resonant and engaging episode than “The Coup,” the actual finale, ends up being. But ending on the decidedly somber note of “The Party” also wouldn’t really be Grace And Frankie’s style. It’s a…

Grace And Frankie goes dark and then darker in “The Bender”

“The Bender” is the first episode of Grace And Frankie that’s wholly hard to watch. All season, the writers have been laying the groundwork for Grace’s spiral, and that buildup has been extremely effective, especially in retrospect. It was back during “The Road Trip” that I first noted that Grace’s drinking problem…

Grace And Frankie tries out some different character combinations

After ending on that explosive reveal last episode, “The Boar” is left to deal with the tangled emotional mess of Sol’s confession. The writers shake up the character combinations to great effect—playing with some of the character dynamics that don’t always get a lot of play on the show but doing so in a way that…

Yep, Grace and Frankie are still the best part of Grace And Frankie

Frankie borrowed a little bit of Grace’s essence in “The Wish” in order to find the strength to officiate a wedding between the man she loves and the man he loves. In “The Vitamix,” Grace borrows a little bit of Frankie’s essence to help her move forward, too. Namely, she steals one of Robert and Sol’s wedding gifts:…