Deception Expert Nicholas Gill analysis the Tv Show Grace and Frankie (out now)


Deception Expert Nicholas Gill analysis the Tv Show Grace and Frankie Introduction Part One

Intro analysis:

Grace and Frankie is an American comedy-drama television series created by Marta Kauffman and Howard J Smith. The series stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in the title roles of Grace and Frankie, two unlikely friends who are brought together after their husbands announce that they are gay and in love with each other and plan to get married.

I will be analysing one episode of Grace and Frankie using Psychology, semiotics, feminism, Marxism and social theory. I will also define and apply the following concepts genre, narrative, ideology, repetition and stereotyping. This is what we do for all of our cases that come to us we break them down to all of these different phycological points to find if the person, is telling the truth or not.

History of the TV show’ Grace and Frankie. :

‘It premiered on Netflix on May 8, 2015, with all 13 episodes of the first season released. The second, third, and fourth seasons, also consisting of 13 episodes each, were released on May 6, 2016, March 24, 2017 and January 19, 2018.

Despite mixed reviews upon its debut, the series was met with a more positive critical reception towards its later seasons and has received several nominations, including four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy. On April 12, 2017, Netflix renewed the series for a fourth season, which premiered on January 19, 2018. Clearly, a very successful venture!!!!!

Representation Psychology: 

The representation of my TV show Grace and Frankie is all about the two main characters, Grace and Frankie. As well as both of them getting along well in the TV show, they represent true friendship and good parenting to their children. They are the main characters and this is one reason why the TV show is called Grace and Frankie.


Psychology is the science of the mind and of behaviour . The word “psychology” comes from the Greek word psyche meaning “breath, spirit, soul”, and the Greek word logia meaning the study of something.

According to Medilexicon’s medical dictionary, psychology is “The profession (clinical psychology), scholarly discipline (academic psychology), and science (research psychology) concerned with the behaviour of humans and animals, and related mental and physiologic processes.” Although psychology may also include the study of the mind and behaviour of animals, in this article psychology refers to humans.
Methods of Analysis


The political and economic theories of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, later developed by their followers formed the basis of communism.

Marxism is a method of socioeconomic analysis that frames capitalism through a paradigm of exploitation, analyzes class relations and social conflict using a materialist interpretation of historical development and takes a dialectical view of social transformation. It originates from the works of 19th century German philosophers Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.

In my TV show Grace and Frankie, in the terms of Marxism, Grace and Frankie are classified as the higher elite. They and their partners and children all live in lovely properties, have access to goods and services and the main property (where Grace and Franke live is a beautiful house beside the beach. In my analysis Grace and Frankie are apart-of the elite class and that is what allows them to have all of the lovely properties, luxuries and a luxurious life style.


Feminism is described as women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.

In my TV show both of the husbands of Grace and Frankie leave them and declare that they are gay. The women then become independent of their husbands and have to look after themselves and each other. Grace had a successful beauty cream company. They need to promote their careers on their own. They have to develop their own rights and establish their equality.
In the first episode of the TV show, there is attention in respect of feminism and the psychology of what people think of the two women and what they think of themselves in their new situation where there husbands have left them and also where their husbands have declared they are gay. In the circumstances they must assert their equality.


This is the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation. The signs and symbols in this TV show is about the two women tying to get over that their husbands have left them and they have declared they are gay. The main concern is them getting over it and trying to find their life in a positive and intuitive way. This has a huge role in psychology and Psychology analysis. The women are shocked at first and then learn to adapt and move on – they try out new things and surprise themselves with their new lives. They show signs of independence but every now and then fall back into their old relationships with their ex-husbands.

Deception Expert Nicholas Gill analysis the Tv Show Grace and Frankie Introduction Part Two – To be continued…..

Sociology Analysis:

Sociology is the scientific study of society, including patterns of social relationships, social interaction, and culture. It is a social science that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about social order, acceptance, and change.

Society: the society Grace and Frankie live in is a sophisticated, well to do society, the protagonists dress well and there appears to be no lack of money or opportunity.

Patterns of social interaction
The patterns of social interaction are changed for the players in this TV show; they represented society of married couples, success and money. The couples were friends and shared comfortable lives together. The social interaction changes when Grace and Frankies’ husbands declare they are gay and that they intend to marry. Now the women, instead of living with their husbands and children the women start to live with each other as friends. There is a certain amount of loss and anger that they deal with together to the best of their abilities.

The women and the men live in a society where it is unusual for husbands to declare they are gay and to marry. They have to deal with this; Franke is a sort of hippy and turns to creative actions to deal with her angst, eg, her pottery and painting. Grace uses dating sites which she finds very difficult to do but persists with it.

Social order:
The women social order is completely overturned. They socialised as married couples and remember many activities as married couples. They have children who are also shocked by the change in their given social order and try to do their best to support all parents.


Grace in this program defines herself as a very clever and elegant women, that has gone through a lot. She helps Frankie throughout the episode’s of Grace and Frankie. They define what they can achieve together after the devastating and unexpected change in their lives. Grace has a very positive approach in the TV show and shows herself to be good at dealing with change and giving her friend Franke, positive advice.

A big change came when they were both told by their children to go into a retirement home. They both were intrigued and shocked, this was at the start of the episode I am examining. This all started from a tub falling onto their island counter top in their lavish kitchen and been ripped off by builders after the tub incident; this made them appear very vulnerable and that independent living is no longer an option for them. While the kids talk to them both about the retirement community after this incident. They realise a retirement home is not for them and break out and return to their home.

The husbands and the children also have difficulty with change – the husbands at times miss their old lives and at times go back to their wives, the children are also resistant to change and look longingly to the “old times”. With healthy and open communications all parties in Grace and Frankie come around to accepting change and embrace it as best as they can.

Written By Nicholas Gill

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