After watching the morbidly dark buddy comedy Dead for me In its entirety, I longed for another strong female relationship, but without the murderous subplot. This wish naturally led me to another Netflix original, Grace and Frankie. A remarkable similarity between the main characters in both series made me wonder if Netflix was secretly creating their own Marvel-like universe. Certainly Netflix has built a culture within its original content by recycling trusted actors in new releases and even cross-promoting in shows (keyword) To all the boys I loved before Star Lana Condor crashes an episode of Done!). It may seem far-fetched to connect the happy-go-lucky life of Grace and Frankie to Dead for meJen and Judy, here are five reasons why it's not completely impossible.
1. Identical personalities
Jen (Christina Applegate) is a strong-willed, unevenly tempered blonde with a stunning appearance. Grace (Jane Fonda) is exactly the same, plus a couple of decades. Both women have a sharp tongue with which they most often criticize their best friends' hippie antics. Jen and Grace both reluctantly made friends with a brunette flower child with a slight marijuana habit. Frankie (Lily Tomlin) and Judy (Linda Cardellini) follow their hearts, guided by spiritual connections to the universe and soul-soothing crystals. While Judy and Frankie's organic, quirky auras provide comic relief in every show, they also balance Grace and Jens' gross personalities.
2. An affinity for the beach
Both shows showcase the wealth of their locations and their proximity to beach life. Jen and Judy call Laguna Beach, but who should say that years later they didn't move to sunny San Diego and changed their names to Grace and Frankie? Jen built her career on selling multi-million dollar beach houses, and Grace was determined to keep the beach house after her divorce. A Reddit thread even noticed that the shows may be using the same sets. Coincidence? I do not think so.
3. Judy and Frankie's infertility
An important line of action in Dead for meThe first season is Judy's struggle to father a child and give birth. After five miscarriages, she had almost given up her dream of becoming a mother. After suspected pregnancy anxiety, Judy learns that she can no longer get pregnant. Frankie has two adoptive sons and also had problems getting pregnant with her ex-husband Sol (Sam Waterston).
4. Grace and Jens unhealthy relationships
Both Grace and Jen tend to stay in unhappy relationships for far too long. Jen and her husband were at each other's neck before he died, and it later became known that he had had an affair for over a year. Grace's husband also had an affair for twenty years, citing her lack of love for him as a reason for strays. Grace admitted she was never really happy with him, and Jen often scolds herself for not leaving her husband when the going gets tough. If Grace is the future Jen, some old habits don't seem to die.
5. Connected by the men in their lives
The death of Jen's husband brought her to Judy, and the death of Judy's ex-fiance bound her to Jen forever. Even if the two have an argument, the secrets they share about their deceased partners keep bringing them together. Grace and Frankie hated each other, only because of their husbands legal partnership. As this legal partnership grew a little more, the two women were crowded together and inevitably became an enviable friendship. In both shows, the friends regularly swear from each other just because their common circumstances push them back into the good side of the other in the next episode.
Well, thoughts on that theory?