framework be employed to serve as the background for why the
characters in Grace and Frankie interact and communicate
differently from typical sitcom characters because of their age.
Lifespan communication allows us to understand how interactions
evolve within a family as individuals increase in age and the
harmful stereotypes that accompany aging (ageism). What makes
this sitcom so intriguing is how it portrays situations that many
audience members may feel don’t have an impact on older
individuals and forces viewers to consider some of them for the
first time older people as sexual beings. The series Grace and
Frankie has the ability to start meaningful and necessary
conversations about topics that previously have been considered
taboo for certain ages.
Lifespan Perspective
The basic reasoning for a lifespan perspective, or any
lifespan approach, is to gain a better comprehension and
description of human behavior throughout the years (Pecchioni et
al. 4). The lifespan perspective works under the assumption that
human development is ongoing for the duration of our life span
(Pecchioni et al. 4). Lifespan communication refers to the
description, explanation, and modification of the communication
process across the life span (Pecchioni et al. 10). This is important
to take into consideration when discussing Grace and Frankie
because a major part of the sitcom deals with how each family
member is struggling to figure out how to interact with one another
after Robert and Sol’s relationship is revealed. Throughout the
series, it is evident that information is passed differently among the
older adults (Grace, Frankie, Robert and Sol) than it is among their
adult children. There is a sense of mutual protection because the
parents want to shield their children from what they feel as
unnecessary and hurtful aspects of the relationship between
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