Be honest: who among us hasn’t engaged in a weekend of binge-watching a show on Netflix? Over the last few years, it’s become essential for anyone who keeps up with pop culture, especially with the original series that Netflix has created. Think about it – you or someone you know has spent a weekend running through all the new episodes of Orange is the New Black, House of Cards or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt– all shows, by the way, that have prominent LGBT characters and storylines.
With their latest show, Grace and Frankie (premiering May 8), Netflix is giving us more characters and actors that the LGBT community are bound to love.
First, the premise: Grace and Frankie are two long-time rivals who are brought together when their husbands announce that they’re gay, in love with each other, and plan to get married. According to Netflix, over the course of the 13-episode first season, Grace and Frankie will form an unlikely bond as they face an uncertain future together, with plenty of “laughter, tears and mood enhancers” (their words, not mine) along the way.
If that’s not enough to sell you, the cast and creator should. Original 9 to 5 costars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are Grace and Frankie, respectively. As their ex-husbands, Robert and Sol: Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston. And one of the show’s co-creators? Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of Friends.
The concept is certainly interesting, and with the lack of roles that actors of a certain age tend to find, creating a show that gives these four actors (and presumably, some guest stars as well) the chance to shine should be celebrated. What I’m most looking forward to seeing is the way the show tackles coming out as an older gay man. While this won’t be the first time an older man has come out, this is the first show I can think of where that character (or in this case, characters) are part of the central cast to the show.
I just have one request: whether it’s in the season that’s already been shot or in a second season, bring on Dolly Parton as a guest star so that we can have the 9 to 5 reunion everyone wants.
So if you haven’t already, check out the trailer online now, and be sure to set aside your weekend sometime around May 8 to watch a few episodes (or, okay, run through all 13 episodes in one sitting). You know you won’t be the only one.
Originally published in David Atlanta.