I ignored this show for over a year, thinking it didn’t quite hit my demographic and I’d be bored by it. Despite friends recommending it to me, with raves, I was sure I wouldn’t find it funny or relatable. Happy to say, I was very wrong.
Yes, the main characters are in their seventies, but there’s Jane Fonda (a better, funnier actor than I ever gave her credit for), Lily Tomlin (still silly and very sweet), Sam Waterston (never watched that lawyer show he was on, but he grows on you in this role), and Martin Sheen (whom I’ve always disliked, and dislike even more here). The setup is that the two men had a law firm together, and decided to become lovers and not tell their wives for twenty years. At the outset of the first episode, they finally tell, then later get divorces and marry each other. But the show is centered around the wives and how they cope with the shock and reality of being divorced at their ages. It helps (tons) that they are richer than Croesus, and don’t have to find jobs or income beyond their ex-husband-subsidized credit cards. And they get a house to share, free and clear.
Ah, that house. I pushed through the laughably unrealistic idea that not one, but two women could ever be so clueless as to not realize their husbands were actively gay for twenty years. I suspended my belief that two men, with plenty of money to spare, wouldn’t have left their wives sooner. But I simply cannot believe that house. It is too perfect. And, I admit, the reason I looked forward to watching the show.
Pleasantly surprising, overall. Yes.