The show Grace And Frankie features one of Netflix’s favorite duos. But while audiences love these two, are they truly roommate goals…or not?
The show Grace And Frankie features one of Netflix’s favorite duos. The title characters of the show were not an ideal match at first, but such is the way that some of TVs most celebrated friends began. By the time Grace and Frankie stop hating each other and become the roommates fans now know and love, they have laid bare several reasons why they are destined to be terrible roommates. But are they?
The pair indeed have many points of disagreement and several occasions where they are sure they can no longer go one with one another, but with each issue, they only further prove that the capacity their friendship holds. That being said, friends aren’t always the ideal roommates.
Goals: They Complete Each Other
Grace and Frankie are different in many ways, it’s true, but this doesn’t always mean that people can’t get along. In fact, it often makes them more harmonious, if they can strike the right balance with one another.
Grace and Frankie certainly don’t start off easy, but with time their differences become comforting and even good for them.
Not Goals: They Have Opposing Styles
It might not seem so obvious a concern, but Grace and Frankie’s personal styles–not just clothes and lifestyles, but decorative style, is very different.
Living in a house with somebody who surrounds their area with very different things than one’s self might prefer can’t be easy to tolerate when it’s a shared space.
Goals: They Make Each Other Laugh
One of the best things about the duo is that they make each other laugh. It doesn’t happen in the early parts of the series, but eventually, the two find their groove and realize the joy that they find in one another.
Grace is more uptight, but her sarcasm hits just right with Frankie, who can combat it any day, whipping back a line that proves her equal to Grace.
Not Goals: Frankie Can’t Keep A Secret
It’s difficult to live with somebody who can’t keep a secret. So many things that happen in one’s home, even the tiniest details of one’s personal habits or personal life, are better left at home, as not everyone is completely exposed to even their closest confidantes.
Living with someone like Frankie who has a very shallow capacity for secrets would make this very challenging.
Goals: They Cover For Each Other
Once they settle into living together Grace and Frankie get into habits of knowing when the other needs a bit of an alibi, or a wingman, per se.
Sometimes Grace doesn’t want a lover to know that she is actually at home, or other times they need an accomplice in an activity. Grace and Frankie become this person for one another.
Not Goals: They Misunderstand Each Other
It would be endlessly frustrating to live with a person who more often than not misinterpreted one’s meaning.
This happens because of Frankie’s poor hearing, but also because of her unique personality–something that makes her special, but also causes her to have her mind someplace other than in the moment one needs her to be in. On top of this is the simple fact that the two communicate very differently.
Goals: They Help Each Other Out
Not all roommates are there to help each other. Sometimes a roommate situation is purely set up for numerous people to cohabitate a space, but nothing beyond this.
Grace and Frankie live together in a way where they are more family–which makes sense, as their families have been connected for years, and now both are tied in their relation to their ex-husbands.
Not Goals: They Are Inter-Dependent
Helping one another out is great, even ideal in many roommate pairings, but sometimes it can become a relationship where people rely on one another for most aspects of their lives.
Grace and Frankie sometimes fall into this category. If one didn’t have the other, they would likely find themselves feeling very lost and at a loss for exactly where to step next. This can be seen as touching but to an extent.
Goals: They Are At A Similar Point In Life
One thing that makes them perfect roommates is the fact that they are tied together by their shared experience of losing their husbands late in life–specifically, losing their husbands to each other’s husband.
If the two didn’t have each other, facing the aftermath of their divorces could have been much more difficult to get through–which, granted, it was at the start, but they pulled together because they recognized that they were better united.
Not Goals: Living With Best Friends Isn’t Easy
The idea of living with one’s best friend sounds like a great idea to many people. This fantasy often shatters once they have actually experienced it, however.
Sometimes living with somebody one doesn’t know beforehand, or isn’t that close to, is actually preferable, as it implies less obligation to the other person. Living with a best friend is risky because it brings a whole new level to a friendship that was based on having some personal distance–lucky for Grace and Frankie, their relationship was so poor before living together that it could only improve.