THE SEXUAL LIBERATION OF THE ELDERLY IN
GRACE AND FRANKIE
Courtney Green
9.1 (Left to Right) Jane Fonda as Grace Hanson, Brooklyn Decker as Mallory
Hanson, June Diane Raphael as Brianna Hanson, and Martin Sheen as Robert
Hanson in Grace and Frankie, “The End”
Introduction
In the spring of 2015, Netflix debuted a new web television
series that broke the mold in terms of how older generations were
depicted on screen. Grace and Frankie is a comedy that centers
around two couples in their mid-70s. Grace (Jane Fonda) is a type-
A, retired cosmetic mogul while Frankie (Lily Tomlin) is a free-
spirited, hippie art teacher. The two women’s opposing
personalities have resulted in their disdain for each other over the
years. If Grace and Frankie had it their way, they would have
avoided one another at all costs, but since their husbands work
together, each has been forced to tolerate the other. Grace’s
husband, Robert (Martin Sheen), and Frankie’s husband, Sol (Sam
Waterston), are successful divorce lawyers in San Diego, and the
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