Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” Celebrates Living Life to the Fullest

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Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” Celebrates Living Life to the Fullest

While “Grace and Frankie” is a comedic show focused primarily on senior citizens, it preaches valuable lessons about life for viewers of all ages. (Netflix)

While “Grace and Frankie” is a comedic show focused primarily on senior citizens, it preaches valuable lessons about life for viewers of all ages. (Netflix)

While “Grace and Frankie” is a comedic show focused primarily on senior citizens, it preaches valuable lessons about life for viewers of all ages. (Netflix)

While “Grace and Frankie” is a comedic show focused primarily on senior citizens, it preaches valuable lessons about life for viewers of all ages. (Netflix)


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Netflix recently released the fifth season of its heartfelt comedy “Grace and Frankie” on Jan. 16. The show follows former frenemies Grace and Frankie, played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, respectively, as they are thrown together after learning that their husbands (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) plan to leave them for each other after an affair spanning decades.

While “Grace and Frankie” is a comedic show focused primarily on senior citizens, it preaches valuable lessons about life for viewers of all ages. Perhaps one of the most valuable lessons that “Grace and Frankie” sets out to teach its audience is that, no matter what you may think of a person, your experiences may be more similar than you expected.

The characters Grace and Frankie never got along previously. However, their mutual experiences aid in their understanding of one another. This valuable common ground allows them to become close friends, albeit with a lot of rocky moments in the beginning of their friendship. Through their example, viewers are indirectly urged to be more open-minded when it comes to finding friendships, as the most unlikely pairings could turn out to be the most special.

“Grace and Frankie” has also uses its platform to discuss the troubles that come with aging, such as relationships and physical health. Though the show is slanted toward an older audience in some aspects, it reminds all viewers that, regardless of their age, they should never allow anything to hinder their opportunities to live life to the fullest.

Both Grace and Frankie tackle relationship problems that are universal for all ages, such as long distances and hesitations regarding intimacy. The women work through their issues by supporting one another.

They constantly remind themselves (and each other) that their age and abilities should not impede their successes in life.
First-time viewers of “Grace and Frankie” may be skeptical of their ability to relate to the myriad of characters in the show. However, each character is multifaceted in a way that allows every viewer to find a character to identify with.

Be it young or old, married or single, “Grace and Frankie” sets out to show viewers that there are some problems that do not simply vanish as one matures. However, finding and cultivating strong friendships aids in the process and provides a support system when things do not go as planned. The show teaches that being there for someone is just as important as having someone there for you. Most importantly, “Grace and Frankie” shows its audience that things change and that’s okay. Nothing is 100 percent certain, and some things will throw you for a loop, but you will get up and keep going.

Change is a part of life, and adapting to the changes one experiences allows one to continue living life to the fullest, even if the limit of “fullest” has altered.Being present and living with conviction are goals that can become attainable for anyone, regardless of their age or circumstance.

“Grace and Frankie” shows its audience that even the seemingly worst-case scenario can have unexpectedly pleasant outcomes if you strive to live your best life.

 

By Colette Nolan