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Grace and Frankie, now in its third season, is proof positive that getting older doesn¡¯t have to be joyless. Here ex-wives Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) hit the reset button on life when their two husbands, Robert (Martin Sheen) and Sol (Sam Waterston) reveal they¡¯ve been having an affair for 20 years. The Netflix show, which returned on Friday, embraces the idea that even at 70 years old, you can still find new ways to reinvent yourself.
Season 4 reframes a question of maturity into one of capability, as Grace and Frankie stare down the barrel of assisted living. When does a funny story become sad? Typically in television, this kind of question is framed around arrested development: A grown man is still acting like he¡¯s in college, and certain events force him to look himself in the mirror and say, ¡°Getting that drunk and acting that dumb isn¡¯t funny anymore. It¡¯s sad.¡±