11 Shows To Watch To Combat The Holiday Blues

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Grace and Frankie

Grace and Frankie has a pretty specific target audience that I don’t quite fit into, but sometimes you just have to keep it real with a healthy dose of cynicism and rancor. These things make me laugh any time of the year, but after all the goodwill, peace toward man, and general happiness, now seems like the most opportune moment.

Grace and Frankie is about two 70-something women whose husbands leave them after 40 years for each other. Grace, played by Jane Fonda, is a WASPy, tightly wound, retired cosmetics executive who was married to Martin Sheen’s Robert. Frankie is Lily Tomlin as an aging Jewish hippy once married to the tender and floppy-haired Sol, played by Sam Waterston.

This fun, half-hour comedy is the exact antidote to all the holiday togetherness you may have experienced in the past week. It’s got a little bit of poignancy. However, it’s balanced with plenty of snarkiness and bitter anger. Its frankness about the perils of love and family is simply irresistible.

If you’re looking at your significant other and secretly plotting their murder after being cooped up with them for the entire holiday, then Grace and Frankie is a nice release. It’s far preferable to murder – mostly.