Season 4 of Netflix’s unique sitcom is something of a mixed bag. On the one hand, the central friendship between the two disparate titular characters is at its strongest here, and benefits from the chemistry between leads Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. In addition, the jokes are tighter than usual and the strange lag between punchlines that I’ve noticed in previous seasons is gone. Additionally, there’s more for Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston to do this time around, and Sheen seems to have finally grown into his character after a few tentative seasons. However, there are some obvious writing issues throughout, whether it’s the lack of follow-through on various plotlines or happenstances, and some abrupt tonal shifts that make the show occasionally confusing and difficult to follow (in particular, its last two episodes seem rushed and off-brand). Nevertheless there’s still plenty to enjoy here, not to mention a terrific guest appearance by Lisa Kudrow, who acclimatizes herself perfectly well to the goings-on.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)