Grace and Frankie dives into the real issues of women who are forced to start over with a certain kind of charm that makes it easy to become hooked on the Netflix original series. The fact that these women are in their seventies is crucial because it allows the audience to observe situations from a particular point of view that has largely been dismissed on television. More importantly, the situations stray away from the somewhat corny, unrealistic nature of many sitcoms. Instead, Grace and Frankie tackle taboo topics such as sexuality in older women and it is because of this raw ability to showcase the truth that the show has generated a strong following.
One of the reasons why I love Grace and Frankie is because it forced me to confront some of my preconceived notions about older people, specifically those notions dealing with their sexuality. Perhaps this had to do with my personal interactions with older women but I assumed that sex wasn’t at the forefront of their minds anymore. Grace and Frankie hilariously rejected this stereotype by illustrating that regardless of your age, sex is still a very important part of life. As the series progressed both Grace and Frankie make it clear that they are in search of pleasing themselves first, and worrying about how others perceive them second, or not at all. This independent attitude has attracted a specific type of audience to Grace and Frankie that is definitely worth noting.
Antonia Blyth mentions in her deadline article that although Grace and Frankie has received praise from older viewers, it was the young women audience that somewhat surprised co-creator Marta Kauffman. She admits that prior to the premiere of the show they were not entirely sure who or how it would be received. However, Lily Tomlin who plays Frankie was less shocked by the enthusiastic younger audience noting that “they just like it because it’s human and real, and it’s meaningful to them” (deadline.com, 2016). I agree with Tomlin because Grace and Frankie shows us that age only has to be a deciding factor in how you choose to live your life if you let it.
“Still from Grace and Frankie, “The Coup” (Season 2, Episode 13, 2016.)