A look into the relationships of two couples in their 70s and their kids and what happens when the husbands decide to leave their respective wives of 40 years to marry each other. Surely we have seen similar narratives before, however this is new take on the matter, with 4 impeccable actors as the main cast.
Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen are terrific actors and we all know that they have been underused in recent years but they prove that acting is a talent that is only improved with experience. They are aided by some great writing with a fresh take on a commonly used theme. The show is hilarious but it doesn’t stop there, it has a beating heart, mostly due to the remains of the intimate relationship between Sol and Frankie (Waterston and Tomlin respectively) contrasted with the seemingly more distant Grace and Robert (Fonda and Sheen).
You are always going to get people saying they are just recycling material and doing all the cliches but we seem to forget that relationships in the real world have recurring themes and situations. This is a show about real life circumstances with different kinds of people and the different ways they react to them. It’s about family, making decisions that don’t only affect ourselves but also those we love, and facing the truth. It’s funny and it’s touching. There really isn’t more one could ask for.
This is not just a mashup of characters and a few good puns to make us chuckle kind of sitcom. It feels real and I cannot stress enough how amusing it can be at times.