Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie
Genre Comedy
Created by
Opening theme "Stuck in the Middle with You"
performed by Grace Potter
Composer(s) Sam KS
Michael Skloff
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Editor(s) Michael Jablow
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 25-32 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Netflix
Original network Netflix
Picture format 1080p (16:9 HDTV)
Original release May 8, 2015 (2015-05-08) – present
External links
Official website

Grace and Frankie is an American comedy web television series that originally streamed on Netflix on May 8, 2015.[1] The series was created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, and stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the title roles of Grace and Frankie, two unlikely friends who are brought together after their husbands announce they are in love and plan to get married. Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry, June Diane Raphael, and Baron Vaughn co-star in supporting roles.

On May 26, 2015, Netflix renewed the series for a second season[2] which premiered on May 6, 2016.[3]

On December 10, 2015, Netflix announced that the show will have a third season.[4]


The series follows Grace, a retired cosmetics mogul, and Frankie, a hippie art teacher, whose husbands, Robert and Sol, are successful divorce lawyers in San Diego. Grace and Frankie's lives are turned upside down when Robert and Sol announce that they are in love with each other and are leaving their wives. Now, the women, who have never particularly liked each other, are forced to live together and support each other as they navigate the next chapter of their lives.



Guest stars


SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
113May 8, 2015 (2015-05-08)
213May 6, 2016 (2016-05-06)

Production and development

In March 2014, Netflix finalized a deal for a 13-episode straight-to-series order for Grace and Frankie, with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin attached to star in the lead roles. The series was written and created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, who also serve as executive producers alongside Fonda, Tomlin, Paula Weinstein and Tate Taylor, and Skydance Productions' Dana Goldberg, David Ellison and Marcy Ross.[1]


Casting announcements began in June 2014, with Martin Sheen cast in the role of Robert, Grace's husband.[5] The following month, Sam Waterston was cast in the role of Sol, Frankie's husband.[6] June Diane Raphael and Baron Vaughn were then added to the cast, with Raphael cast in the role of Brianna, Grace and Robert's elder daughter, who rebels against Grace's decorum. Vaughn signed onto the role of Nwabudike, Frankie and Sol's son, who was adopted from Uganda at a young age.[7] Shortly afterwards, Ethan Embry and Brooklyn Decker were cast in the remaining roles on the series. Embry joined in the role of Coyote, Frankie and Sol's recovering drug addicted son (also adopted), while Decker signed onto the role of Mallory, Grace and Robert's younger daughter.[8] In October 2015, it was announced Sam Elliott would appear in the second season as Grace's love interest.[9]


Production on season one of Grace and Frankie began in Los Angeles, California, in early August 2014, and ended in late November.[10] Production on season two of the series began in July 2015, and ended in November 2015.[11][12]


The first season of Grace and Frankie received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a rating of 50%, based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Grace and Frankie's stellar cast adds an undeniable appeal, although its sloppy dialogue and clichéd sitcom setup will still leave most viewers wanting."[13] On Metacritic the season has a score of 58 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[14]

The second season of Grace and Frankie received more positive reception from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a rating of 89%, based on 9 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10.[15] On Metacritic the season has a score of 62 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[16] Jasef Wisener of TVOvermind gave the second season a 4.5/5, calling it "heartfelt and hilarious" and "a huge improvement over the sometimes sluggish first season." [17]


Year Award Category Recipients Outcome
2015 67th Primetime Emmy Awards[18] Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated
Dorian Awards[19] TV Comedy of the Year Nominated
TV Performance of the Year - Actress Jane Fonda Nominated
Lily Tomlin Nominated
LBGTQ TV Show of the Year Nominated
19th Online Film & Television Association Award[20] Best Comedy Series Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated
Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series Jane Fonda Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Sam Waterston Nominated
Best Ensamble Comedy Series Nominated
Best Directing in a Comedy Series Nominated
Best Writing in a Comedy Series Nominated
2016 20th Satellite Awards[21] Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Lily Tomlin Nominated
73rd Golden Globe Awards[22] Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Nominated
GLAAD Media Awards[23] Outstanding Comedy Series Nominated
68th Primetime Emmy Awards[24] Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Lily Tomlin Nominated


After the show's release, Tomlin and Fonda expressed displeasure once it became public that their salaries were just equal to those of Sheen and Waterston, even though "the show is not 'Sol and Robert', it's 'Grace and Frankie,'" in the words of Lily Tomlin,[25] and contended this constituted a significant pay inequity. Shortly thereafter, Sheen and Waterston went on the record to support their co-stars' demands for a salary increase, with Waterston being quoted as saying: "I think they're being cheated".[26] After fans of the show gathered nearly 200,000 signatures on a petition protesting the disparity, the two actresses issued a public statement backing away from criticism, saying: "This just reminds us to be mindful of how things come across in interviews. We appreciate everyone's support and the attention to this issue, but the structure of Grace and Frankie is fair, and we couldn't be happier to work with Skydance, Netflix and the great cast of this show."[27] Fonda and Tomlin made a statement to The Wrap that they were never unhappy with the salaries to start with and that they had "made a joke in an interview about our salaries, which was taken out of context." [27]


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  5. Ng, Philiana; Goldberg, Lesley (June 18, 2014). "Martin Sheen to Star in Netflix's Jane Fonda-Lily Tomlin Comedy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
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  9. Fonda, Jane (October 19, 2015). "Grace & Frankie nearing end of Season 2". Retrieved January 12, 2016.
  10. "Starting the New Series, Grace & Frankie, with Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen & Sam Waterston". August 17, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2014.
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  22. Lang, Brent (2015-12-10). "2016 Golden Globes: Lady Gaga, Transparent and Orange Is the New Black Leads the Race". Variety. Retrieved 2015-12-27.
  23. "List of award recipients: 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, Waldorf Astoria New York, May 9, 2015". GLAAD. May 9, 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2015.
  24. "Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham to Announce Emmy Nominations". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. June 21, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  25. Kang, Inkoo. "Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Go Public About Their Unfair 'Grace and Frankie' Paychecks". Women and Hollywood. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
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  27. 1 2 Gennis, Sadie. "Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin Say They're Okay with Grace and Frankie Gender Pay Disparity". TV Guide. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved June 10, 2015.
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