What not to like about the Netflix sitcom Grace and Frankie? You have Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, two titans of comedy, reunited to play a strange couple – Fonda’s Grace is tense and still together, and Tomlin’s Frankie is as free-spirited as they come – who end up living together. after their husbands, Robert (Martin Sheen) and Sol (Sam Waterston), tell them that they have been having an affair for 20 years, that they are in love and that they want to get married.
They both have to reimagine their lives at 70, and these unexpected changes lead to the most unlikely of friendships. But soon Grace and Frankie can’t imagine a life without each other, and they support each other as they care for their grown children, try to find love again (or, you know, just kiss), and yes, start their own sex toy business – very successful I should add. If you can’t get enough of this best friend couple and their shenanigans, here are eight more shows you might enjoy.
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The Kominsky method
There is an unfortunate dearth of content on people of a certain age – Grace and Frankie addresses this idea of being invisible a number of times throughout its run – so if you’re looking for more stories about people over 65, you’ll want to check out The Kominsky method. The three-season Netflix comedy-drama about acting coach Sandy Kominsky (Michael Douglas) and his agent Norman Newlander (Alan Arkin) is, indeed, a Chuck Lorre show, but it’s a major change from his typical humor. The show deals with aging and aging in Hollywood with both humor and pathos. While the kids in Sandy’s drama class offer true maddening ridicule for Douglas, the main draw here is Sandy’s and Norman relationship. Whether it’s playing for a laugh or going for something more heartfelt, the chemistry between Douglas and Arkin is top notch. [Watch on Netflix]
One day at a time
This reinvention of the ’70s sitcom of the same name centers on Penelope Alvarez (a wonderful Justina Machado), a recently divorced single mother and army vet struggling with PTSD, her two teenage boys Elena (Isabella Gomez) and Alex (Marcel Ruiz), and his mother Lydia, played by Rita Morena. That’s right: More! Shows! On! Fabulous! Older! Women! Rita Moreno typically steals the show as the matriarch of the Alvarez family, who say what she thinks, has a rugged romantic life, and fiercely loves her family, though they can get their heads down every now and then (and again). . The show is a balance of humor and heart (oh buddy, there are episodes that will make you cry), and he doesn’t hesitate to discuss important hot topics like immigration issues, racism. facing the family as Cuban Americans, and gender identity. [Watch Seasons 1-3 on Netflix, Season 4 on demand]
Grace and Frankie’s relationship could be the draw of Grace and Frankie, but you’ll keep coming back to see the dynamic between Grace, Frankie, Sol and Robert and their grown children. There is a lot of humor and heart to me in these relationships – Schitt Creek also knows it. If somehow you haven’t tried out this little Canadian comedy that could be tried out as it grew in popularity before winning the Emmys for its sixth and final season, you should give it a try. The series follows the Rose family – parents Moira (Catherine O’Hara) and Johnny (Eugene Levy) and their adult son David (Dan Levy) and daughter Alexis (Annie Murphy) – as they lose their fortunes and are forced to move into a motel in Schitt’s Creek, the small town Johnny bought to play a joke on David when he was a teenager. The show starts off by relying on that fishy-out-of-the-water element for humor, but really kicks off, both in the comedic and heartfelt moments, when it focuses on this family unit that’s finally starting to come together. bind after all these years. You will laugh and cry and sing “Simply the Best” for years to come. [Watch on Netflix]
Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) may only be 40, but she would have plenty to discuss with Grace and Frankie, not only to cope with ageism, but also to start again unexpectedly after a divorce. After her husband cheated on her and her gambling got them into debt, Liza Miller finds herself single, out of work, and quickly learns that to return to the publishing industry – which she left years ago for. raising her daughter – at her age is the next to impossible. So she decides to pretend to be 26 to find a job in a publishing house. And it works. And then she’s stuck trying to keep this lie a secret for much longer than you think possible. Younger is a fun, frothy romantic comedy whose secret weapon is the fierce female friendships that anchor the show. Maybe skip season 7. Everyone misses season 7. [Monitor[Watchon[Surveiller[WatchonHulu, Paramount +]
For another take on female best friends helping each other with unexpected life changes after divorce, try Play house. For three seasons, longtime best friends Emma (Jessica St. Clair) and Maggie (Lennon Parham) take care of each other after Emma gives up her high-profile job and moves in when Maggie suddenly divorces. that she’s about to have a baby. . Tucked inside this show is a lovely little romantic comedy thanks to Emma meeting her ex-boyfriend Mark (Keegan-Michael Key), but the real draw still remains to watch Emma and Maggie come in and then out. trouble, while supporting each other. The jokes are quick, the heart will heat up, and the chemistry between St. Clair and Parham (real life best friends) is a magnificent thing to see. Plus, you’ll learn a lot about a Mr. Kenny Loggins, so there you go. [Monitor[Watchon[Surveiller[WatchonAmazon (to buy)]
Dead to me
Dial f-bombs and increase murder by 200%, and Grace and Frankie might look like Netflix’s dark comedy Dead to me. Free-spirited Judy (Linda Cardellini) and closely injured Jen (Christina Applegate) form an unlikely friendship in surprising circumstances after the sudden death of Jen’s husband. Yes, there are a lot of thriller and mystery elements, and the show hasn’t encountered a cliffhanger that it didn’t like, but it’s mostly a series about dealing with heartbreak, loss and anger. Sounds like a real hoot, doesn’t it? But here’s the thing: it’s a hoot. It really is. And that can be attributed to both the dark comedy and the clever writing and the fact that Applegate and Cardellini are finding the layers every moment (Applegate has never been this seriously and deserves all the awards). The show is a new perspective not only on the grieving process, but also on a very (VERY) complicated female friendship. Oh, and James Marsden’s performance in Season 2 will blow your mind. [Watch on Netflix]
If you think Grace and Frankie love their vibrators, oh wow, you should meet Ilana Wexler. This girl love her vibrator. Although the tones of the two comedies are quite different, Big city Best friends Ilana and Abbi have a lot in common with our starters Grace and Frankie: First of all, they would do absolutely anything for each other. No really, the amount of love and support that Ilana rains on Abbi is both charming and alarming at times. Ladies, like Grace and Frankie, also know how to get into real shenanigans. In fact, the premise of Big city is pretty much “best friends Ilana and Abbi are getting into some real New York shenanigans.” It might not seem like much on paper, but in the hands of creators and stars Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, it’s funny and silly and great, super weird at times. They have the most fun, and thanks to the wonders of streaming, so can you. [Watch on Hulu]
Rowan and Martin’s laughter
We may never be able to really understand how Frankie Bergstein came to be Frankie Bergstein (Woman is Truest Unicorn), but if you want to know more about where Lily Tomlin comes from, well, we can. Do yourself a favor and watch the comedy show where Tomlin had his chance: Rowan and Martin’s laughter. The show ran for six seasons in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was known for its vaudeville format, quick jokes, and political satire. Tomlin joined the cast – which also included Goldie Hawn, Ruth Buzzi and Judy Carne – in its third season and made his mark with recurring characters like Ernestine the telephone operator and Edith Ann, a 5.5-year-old. . Watching the flagship series now provides the opportunity to travel back in time and get a glimpse of Tomlin flexing his comedic muscles first, and it’s the truth. [Watch on IMDb TV (free with ads), Amazon (to buy)]