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“Grace and Frankie” the goodbye to the longest-running series on Netflix

In an industry eager for young faces, especially in the case of actresses, and who also in many cases end up being fleeting, it is not usual to find such a successful production starring two women in their eighties, with a long career behind them. , as they are jane fonda Y Lily Tomlinstars of Grace and Frankiepraised since the premiere of the series in May 2015.

The last summer, Netflix surprise premiered a preview of the final season of “Grace and Frankie”, a gift to lighten the wait for fans of what has ended up becoming the longest-running series of those created by the platform, when it already bets on productions with few seasons and a limited tour.

With the premiere of the last complete season at the end of April, with 12 new episodes, “Grace and Frankie” says goodbye after seven seasons and 94 successful episodes (three more than another of Netflix’s jewels, “Orange is the New Black ”), with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, in the roles of Grace and Frankie, respectively, claiming their position in an industry that does not usually bet on actresses their age in leading roles.

The comedy created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris speaks of beginnings, of new opportunities, which also reach an advanced age, although the story begins with a farewell: that of Grace and Frankie from their husbands, Robert (Martin Sheen) and Sol (Sam Waterston) of those who divorce after they reveal their homosexuality and announce that they finally want to start a new life together after years of a romantic relationship lived in secrecy.

Scene from “Grace & Frankie” with Lily Tomlin (left) and Jane Fonda. Photo Suzanne Tenner/NETFLIX © 2022
(Suzanne Tenner/Netflix)

Along with the veteran main cast, June Diane Raphael (Brianna Hanson), Brooklyn Decker (Mallory Hanson), Baron Vaughn (“Bud” Bergstein) and Ethan Embry (Coyote Bergstein) have stood out as secondary throughout the seven seasons, playing the daughters of Grace and Robert Hanson and the sons of Frankie and Sol Bergstein.

Among the secondary who have participated in a recurring way in “Grace and Frankie” include Peter Cambor (Barry), Lindsey Kraft (Allison), Millicent Martin (Joan-Margaret), Tim Bagley (Peter), Peter Gallagher (Nick), Ernie Hudson (Jacob) or Lisa Kudrow (Sheree), although the most anticipated stellar collaboration by fans of the series takes place in the final season of “Grace and Frankie”.

And it is that in the farewell of the Netflix series there is a long-desired reunion: that of Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin with the singer Dolly Partonwith whom they also coincided in the famous 1980 comedy “9 to 5″, a film from which the veteran actresses forged a great friendship.

UNBREAKABLE FRIENDSHIP

A friendship that the actresses have maintained for decades and that their characters also end up living on the small screen despite the fact that in principle Grace and Frankie can’t stand each other.

The starting situation of the plot does not bode well, but Grace and Frankie end up being inseparable partners in adventures, and also business partners, despite being two women with totally opposite personalities who have hated each other for decades and who see each other. forced to be living under the same roof after the news of their ex-husbands.

Grace, a businesswoman, jealous of her privacy and determined to keep up appearances, has little to do with the chaotic Frankie, a free spirit who constantly drives Grace crazy, and who seems trapped in the heyday of hippie culture.

In this contrast lies a large part of the success of a series that pays attention and deals naturally with situations faced by women beyond a certain age, and that are not usually the center of the plot in fiction productions if it is not as mere anecdotally and stereotyped.

Grace and Frankie form a bond that is as unlikely as it is unbreakable, allowing them to face all manner of mishaps and adventures throughout all seven seasons. “When we are together we are unstoppable”, they say.

Although she had already participated on a recurring basis in the series “The Newsroom”, Grace’s was the first leading role on television for Jane Fonda (New York, 1937), an actress who won two Oscars, three Golden Globes, two BAFTA and an Emmy, in addition to having received honorary awards for his career such as the Cecil B. DeMille and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

For Lily Tomlin (Detroit, 1939), the role of Frankie has led to a Golden Globe nomination and four of the 25 Emmy nominations she has received throughout her career, an award she has achieved six times. , and another three to the Actors Guild Award, which in 2017 awarded him the Honor Award.

Friends Grace and Frankie say goodbye, but friends Jane and Lily still have a path ahead of them together, not in vain the series, which began with an episode entitled “The End”, concludes under the title “The Beginning”.

Both will come together again, this time on the big screen, as protagonists of the film “Moving On”a comedy written and directed by Paul Weitz, and in which they will get into the skin of two old friends who meet again at a funeral and decide to take revenge on a widower who hurt them several years ago.

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