Marta Kauffman Reveals the Bias She Faced While Creating ‘Grace and Frankie’ and ‘FRIENDS’

Marta Kauffman Reveals the Bias She Faced While Creating ‘Grace and Frankie’ and ‘FRIENDS’

Marta Kauffman, known to be the best with giving satisfactory farewells, bid adieu to Grace and Frankie. The show aired for 7 consecutive years with 7 seasons. The show became the longest-running Netflix Original. Known to all for one of the highest watched TV shows, FRIENDS; Martha Kauffman in an interview with SalonTalks, was asked different things regarding Grace and Frankie’s making. During the interview, she spoke about the original length of the show, Netflix’s take on the show, how the actors came about, etc. Covered among these topics was the bias Grace and Frankie faced, along with Marta’s other shows.

Marta revealed the bias Grace and Frankie and Friends faced

Grace and Frankie is a show about two old women, played respectively by Fonda Jane and Lily Tomlin. Their ages when the show started were 77 and 75 respectively. There were questions about the credibility of a show starring two old women.

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Fonda and Lily didn’t really have any acting experience prior to Grace and Frankie but their Emmy-nominated performances were more than commendable. Which according to Kauffman, added an extra triumph to the show and made it popular among all generations and genders.

Marta said that they faced the same bias with FRIENDS. Back then, the question was: Who would watch a show with a bunch of 20-year-olds? Despite of that, she pushed the boundaries of the bias. And both the shows received world-wide acclaim and love.

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Talking about it, Marta said, “My theory is, if you have characters that you want to spend time with, that you care about, characters who you’re invested in, then people will watch.” She went on to say how people don’t watch Grace and Frankie because there are two old women in it, they watch it because they find comfort in it. And it makes them feel good.

What is the show like?

Grace and Frankie is a show about two old women who hate each other for no reason. They’re rivals and want to one up each other all the time. It was life changing to find out that their husbands are in love with each other and want to get married.

Initially skeptical about how the show would take off, Marta took the plunge and emerged virtuous, for the show received an amazing Rotten Tomatoes critic score and a loyal and diverse fanbase.

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Marta is known for Veronica’s Closet, Dream On, and Jesse, which she created with her long-time best friend David Crane who she also created FRIENDS with. She also won a primetime Emmy award in 2002 for FRIENDS: outstanding comedy series. Have you watched Grace and Frankie? Can you believe the show almost didn’t make it?

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