Many television shows have an everyman lead character that most of the audience can easily put themselves in their shoes; Netflix is avoiding this trope with one of their newest shows.   


A promotional shot of Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in "Grace and Frankie"

“Grace and Frankie” is unconventionally about two elderly women who find friendship when their husbands fall in love with each other. (

Early this May, Netflix released their original series, “Grace and Frankie.” Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin lead the show as two women in their 70s that have been left by their husbands. The average Netflix viewer most likely can’t relate to going through a divorce so late in life, and it doesn’t end there.


The women’s husbands, played by Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen, have fallen in love with each other, decide to leave their wives, and want to get married. It’s rare that we see LGBT characters represented in television and even more rare that they are played by men in their 70s.


Many people will never know what it’s like being in some of the situations presented in this series, but that doesn’t mean no one can relate. Now that gay marriage is legal in 37 states in the United States, more people are feeling comfortable coming out with their sexuality after many years of hiding their feelings.


Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen in "Grace and Frankie"

Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen star as two elderly men who embrace their sexuality and find love in each other late in their lives. (

Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” does more than show its audience that it’s okay to be honest about your sexuality. This series shines light on the fact that the elderly are still people that deal with the same problems and have the same feelings as everyone else. Society tends to overlook the elderly, whereas “Grace and Frankie” puts them in the spotlight.


Some love “Grace and Frankie;” others hate it. Either way, this show is a step in the right direction towards recognizing those that we tend to marginalize.


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