Review: Grace and Frankie

Sriya Varadharajan 23 May 2016

Season two of Grace and Frankie sees the return of the onscreen comedic duo that we know and love, better and bigger than ever. This season graduates from the more stock sitcom situations of the first season and moves onto looking more closely at the personal lives of Grace and Frankie and the changing ties to those around them.

Grace and Frankie both have love interests in this season as in previous but more so than last season, we are privy to the teenage indecision and girlish humour derived from their interactions with men. As ever, the scatty energy of Lily Tomlin as Frankie is the perfect balance to the reserved, high society mentality of Jane Fonda as Grace and the highlight of the season is seeing Grace and Frankie’s relationship evolve from mere roommates to confidants, best friends who enjoy sharing their life with each other.

Though this relationship is at the centre of the show (it is of course called Grace and Frankie), this does not mean that other relationships and characters are not developed. In this season, we see Sol and Robert weather married life, and come out for the better, their relationship stronger, but through this relationship we see the growing acceptance of both Grace and Frankie of their ex-husbands’ homosexuality and deep love for each other, but also for them, as their previous life partners.

A great dynamic of this season that is well utilised throughout is the entrance of the erratic Frankie into the corporate world following the wide manufacture of her ‘yam lube’, her negotiations with Brianna, Grace’s daughter, and her associates are undoubtedly some of the funniest moments of the season and really shine a spotlight on the previously one dimensional Brianna who grows in our estimation as a powerful and confident business woman.

In this season, the emotional faultlines run alongside and complement the comedic ones far better than in the previous season in which the deep emotions of the scenario were at times overshadowed by the onus on the comedy. Season two allows the characters emotional breathing space while still allowing the light hearted comedy to filter through.

The new season is so good I binged it all in one day, continuously, experiencing tears and laughs in equal measure. I couldn’t recommend it enough.