Grace and Frankie

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Grace and Frankie
Grace and Frankie title card.jpg
GenreComedy
Created by
Starring
Opening theme"Stuck in the Middle with You"
performed by Grace Potter
Composer(s)
  • Sam KS
  • Michael Skloff
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes78 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Los Angeles, California
CinematographyGale Tattersall
Editor(s)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time25–35 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original releaseMay 8, 2015 (2015-05-08) –
present (present)
External links
Official website

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 in the title roles of Grace and Frankie, two unlikely friends who are brought together after their husbands announce they are in love with each other 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 through sixth seasons, also consisting of 13 episodes each, was released on May 6, 2016, March 24, 2017, January 19, 2018, January 18, 2019, and January 15, 2020, respectively.[1][2][3]

Grace and Frankie received mixed reviews upon its debut, but its second and subsequent seasons have been met with a largely positive reception from television critics. It has received several nominations, including five 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 September 4, 2019, the series was renewed for a seventh and final season consisting of 16 episodes.[4]

On March 12, 2020, production was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been confirmed by series lead Jane Fonda that production will continue January 2021. [5]

Premise[edit]

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 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.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Actor Character Season
1 2 3 4 5 6
Peter Cambor Barry Recurring Guest Recurring
Craig T. Nelson Guy Recurring
Ernie Hudson Jacob Recurring Recurring
Geoff Stults Mitch Recurring Guest
Tim Bagley Peter Recurring Guest Recurring
Michael Charles Roman Adam Guest Recurring Guest Recurring
Brittany Ishibashi Erica Guest Recurring Guest Guest
Estelle Parsons Babe Recurring Guest
Sam Elliott Phil Milstein Recurring
Marsha Mason Arlene Guest Recurring Guest
Millicent Martin Joan-Margaret Guest Recurring
Lindsey Kraft Allison Giampietro-Smikowitz Recurring
Peter Gallagher Nick Skolka Recurring
Jack Plotnick Paul Recurring Guest
Megan Ferguson Nadia Guest Recurring
Lyle Friederichs Keith Guest Guest
Scott Evans Oliver Recurring
Stacey Farber Jo Recurring
Mark Deklin Roy Recurring Guest
Lisa Kudrow Sheree Recurring
RuPaul Benjamin Le Day Recurring
Angelique Cabral Liz Guest Recurring
Michael McKean Jack Recurring
Mary Steenburgen Miriam Recurring
Brooke D'Orsay Chelsea Recurring

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
113May 8, 2015 (2015-05-08)
213May 6, 2016 (2016-05-06)
313March 24, 2017 (2017-03-24)
413January 19, 2018 (2018-01-19)
513January 18, 2019 (2019-01-18)
613January 15, 2020 (2020-01-15)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

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.[6]

On May 26, 2015, Netflix renewed the series for a second season[7] which premiered on May 6, 2016.[8] On December 10, 2015, the series was renewed for a third season[9] which premiered on March 24, 2017.[10] On April 12, 2017, the series was renewed for a fourth season, which premiered on January 19, 2018.[11][12] On February 15, 2018, the series was renewed for a fifth season.[13]

Casting[edit]

Casting announcements began in June 2014, with Martin Sheen cast in the role of Robert, Grace's husband.[14] The following month, Sam Waterston was cast in the role of Sol, Frankie's husband.[15] 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.[16] 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 drugaddicted son, while Decker signed onto the role of Mallory, Grace and Robert's younger daughter.[17] In October 2015, it was announced Sam Elliott would appear in the second season as Grace's love interest.[18] In April 2017, it was reported Lisa Kudrow will appear in the fourth season as Sheree, Grace's manicurist.[11] 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.[13]

Filming[edit]

Production on season one of Grace and Frankie began in Los Angeles, California, in early August 2014, and ended in late November.[19] Production on season two of the series began in July 2015, and ended in November the same year.[20][21]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's performances on the series have received critical acclaim.

The first season of Grace and Frankie received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a rating of 56%, based on 39 reviews, with an average rating of 6.42/10. 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."[22] On Metacritic the season has a score of 58 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[23]

The second season received a more positive reception from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a rating of 91%, based on 11 reviews, with an average rating of 7.34/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Grace & Frankie gets better with age in a heartwarming, character driven second season full of humor that is both fun and obnoxious."[24] On Metacritic, the season has a score of 62 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[25] 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."[26]

The third, fourth, and fifth season each have 100% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes with average ratings of 7.5/10,[27] 8.42/10.[28] and 6.33/10[29] respectively. The site's critical consensus for season five reads, "Five seasons in, Grace & Frankie remain blissfully at the top of their game, thanks to Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's undeniable bond."[29]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2015 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated [30]
20th Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated [31]
73rd Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Lily Tomlin Nominated [32]
Dorian Awards TV Comedy of the Year Nominated [33]
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 [34]
19th OFTA Awards Best Comedy Series Nominated [35]
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 [36]
[37]
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 [38]
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 [39]
28th GLAAD Media Awards Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated [40]
Artios Awards Outstanding Achievement in Casting - Television Pilot - Comedy Tracy Lilienfield, Emily Towler Nominated [41]
20th OFTA Awards Best Actress in a Comedy Series Jane Fonda Nominated [42]
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 [43]
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 70th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated [43]
Outstanding Contemporary Costumes Nominated
Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Program (Half-Hour or Less) Nominated
24th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Jane Fonda Nominated [38]
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated
2019 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Jane Fonda Nominated [44]
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated
2020 Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guilds Best Television Series, Mini-Series or New Media Series – Best Contemporary Make-Up Melissa Sandora, David De Leon, Bonita DeHaven Nominated [45]
Best Television Series, Mini-Series or New Media Series – Contemporary Hair Styling Kelly Kline, Jonathan Hanousek, Marlene Williams Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Contemporary Hairstyling Kelly Kline, Marlene Williams, Jonathan Hanousek Nominated [46]

Controversy[edit]

After the show's release, Tomlin and Fonda expressed displeasure once it became public 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,[47] 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".[48] 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."[49] Fonda and Tomlin made a statement to The Wrap they were never unhappy with the salaries to start with and they had "made a joke in an interview about our salaries, which was taken out of context."[49]

Home media[edit]

Title Release date # discs Rating
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 BBFC ACB
Season One April 12, 2016[50] April 18, 2016[51] November 1, 2017[52] 3 15 MA15+
Season Two February 21, 2017[53] May 15, 2017[54] November 1, 2017[55] 3 15 M

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