New meaning for ‘Grace and Frankie’ in Trump era

“I didn’t mean to binge,” my 20-something friend said to me the other day, “but I couldn’t stop!”
“Me, too!” I, a Baby Boomer, confessed, “I was totally hooked.”
What is this cross-generational addiction? “Grace and Frankie,” the hilarious, and, at times, poignant Netflix series, starring Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. Season 3 of the show is streaming now.
Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin) have been married for decades to respectively Robert (Martin Sheen) and Sol (Sam Waterson). Both couples, living in the Los Angeles area of California and in their 70s, have children. Of course, these aren’t your typical boring kids. One son’s a recovering drug addict and one daughter sleeps with a $300-a-night male escort. That’s just for starters.


In The Bustle Booth With June Diane Raphael

Close your eyes and think of something that you love, and June Diane Raphael is probably involved with that thing. And, if she isn’t directly involved with it, then she at least knows a lot about it. She’s an actress, sure, and she made you spit out your coffee laughing in the Bachelor parody Burning Love, yes. But she’s also a writer, producer, podcaster, and overall enthusiastic person about the things she cares about, which is the coolest possible vibe for a person to have.


Brooklyn Decker On Having It All — But Only If You Want To

If your perception of Brooklyn Decker begins and ends with her bikini-modeling on magazine covers, there’s a lot the 29-year-old mom would like you to know. This week she’s debuting Finery, an online tool that’s the closest you’ll come to having Cher Horowitz’s closet-computer in your pocket; she serves as its chief design officer. Today, she participated in a Refinery29 panel about millennial women’s divergent paths to and away from motherhood, and Friday brings the debut of the third season of Grace and Frankie, the Netflix show on which she plays a mom wrestling her own have-it-all demons.


‘Grace And Frankie’: Marta Kauffman On Season 3, Dolly Parton & Why It’s Great To Be A Woman

“The show isn’t about politics, and I don’t want it to be topical,” says Grace and Frankie co-creator Marta Kauffman about her Jane Fonda- and Lily Tomlin-starring series that launches its third season March 24 on Netflix. “Once you make it topical it gets very, very difficult to have it continue to air at all times and not feel dated,” the Friends executive producer adds. “I’m in the business of entertaining people.”


Those paintings on Grace & Frankie were done by a real artist

Grace & Frankie stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, but there is another star of the series whose face has never been seen onscreen. That person is Nancy Rosen, the real-life artist who provides all of the paintings on the series for Tomlin’s character, who is a painter and art teacher.

The Chicago, Illinois-based Rosen has provided paintings for every season of the Netflix series, but her love of art goes back to her childhood. “I’ve been painting since I was five,” Rosen told Variety.


‘Grace and Frankie’ Showrunner Marta Kauffman On Network Versus Netflix

Kauffman explained that networks would not have told this story about aging women before because, “They believe that television is aspirational, but they actually put that more on comedy than on drama. I mean you look at Breaking Bad, that’s not aspirational. So I don’t know why there aren’t the same rules applied to comedy.”

She had to push hard to recreate her place in the television world. “After Friends, all they wanted me to do was create another multi-camera show,” she shared. “I felt like, I’ve done that, I can’t compete with myself on this one, so I’ve got to redefine.”

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Grace And Frankie finds its comedic voice again

After the relatively subdued and serious “The Boar,” Grace And Frankie kicks the comedy up a notch again in “The Anchor.” Outside minor characters bring in some weird humor, and even some of the more serious aspects of the episode—like Sol trying to work his way back into Robert’s life—finds some very funny moments. The main storylines of the season are still churning, and there are some significant character moments for both Grace and Frankie. There’s a little more action to “The Anchor” than to “The Boar,” and there’s a lot more humor.