One of Netflix's finest original shows enters its second season this week, but chances are you may have completely missed its first.
Grace and Frankie received half the press coverage of the likes of Daredevil, Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards when it debuted last May. But despite its lack of superheroes, women prisoners and scheming politicians, there are still plenty of reasons to set aside some of your valuable binge-watching time to the half-hour comedy.
1. The premise
The absence of the above is what makes Grace and Frankie such a refreshing watch.
The situation – two previously distant women begin to bond after discovering their husbands are in fact gay and leaving them to embark on a whole new life together – allows the series to explore various issues (loneliness, later-life sexuality) largely neglected by the more buzzworthy shows, but in an entertaining manner which appeals to all ages.
2. Life begins at 70
Indeed, the average age of the main cast members may run into the mid-70s, but Grace and Frankie certainly isn't Last of the Summer Wine.
Pot-smoking, online dating and erm, homemade lube, are just some of the things covered in the show which prove that not everyone is ready for the pipe and slippers brigade once they pass that 70th milestone.
3. It passes the Bechdel test
Sure, the first half of the first series understandably focuses on the leads' attempting to come to terms with having their lives turned upside down by their previously closeted exes.
But as the show progresses, Grace and Frankie's conversations steer away from their former husbands and on to more empowering matters, resulting in one of those rare shows which highlights the importance of female friendship.
4. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin
Of course, the show wouldn't work half as well without the reunion of 9 to 5 co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.
Fonda, who appears to have barely aged since her 80s fitness video era, lights up the screen as the sophisticated but uptight Grace, while Tomlin, who received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance earlier this year, is just as magnetic as the more carefree hippie Frankie.
5. Sam Waterston
It's a testament to Sam Waterston's likeable performances that you can forgive his character for essentially cheating on his wife for 30 years with his best friend.
Indeed, while it's hard to empathise with Martin Sheen's more miserly Robert, the slightly bumbling Sol is a much warmer soul who, unlike his partner, feels just as much guilt at leaving his old life behind as he does joy for his new one.
6. June Diane Raphael
The majority of the four grown-up kids are nowhere near as interesting as their parents, but June Diane Raphael often nearly steals the show as Grace's no-nonsense eldest daughter Brianna.
The producers appear to have realised the character's appeal as the show goes on, giving her so much more screentime that the show may have to be renamed Grace and Frankie and Brianna in the future.
7. It's perfect for binge-watching
As gripping as Netflix's prestige dramas can be, sometimes you just need a bit of respite from all of their intense twists and turns.
With most episodes clocking in under the 30-minute mark, Grace and Frankie is perfect for bingeing on those rainy Sunday afternoons curled up on the sofa with a mug of tea and a super-sized pack of biscuits.
8. Its great title sequence
From Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's hugely infectious theme tune, to the cinematic globe-trotting images of Sense 8, Netflix have restored the art of the opening credits with most of their originals, and Grace and Frankie is no exception.
Accompanied by the sound of Stealers Wheel's classic 70s hit Stuck in the Middle, the intro cleverly brings viewers up to speed about the pair's life stories using models on a wedding cake, which fittingly then falls into pieces just as their husbands' secret lives are exposed.
9. It's funny!
Grace and Frankie might not be as broad as Netflix's other comedies, but there's plenty of moments to tickle the funny bone, from the opening whipped cream scene in Episode 6, to the slightly meta quips about Grace's plastic surgery, to Fonda twerking along to Tomlin's flute playing in the premiere.
The hilarious episode in which the two leads go clubbing is also worth the price of the Netflix subscription alone.
10. It's highly quotable
With Grace and Frankie co-produced by Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman, you won't be surprised to learn that each episode is packed with highly quotable lines.
"Never put something in your vagina that you wouldn't put in your mouth" and the above Ryan Gosling reference are just some of the sparkling bits of dialogue which make the show worth repeated views.
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