I’m not sure if it’s just me, but throughout this sixth season of Netflix’s resilient sitcom, I couldn’t help but wonder if it’s maybe time for the show to end. Many of the episodes felt strained and repetitive, with many recurring subplots, like Frankie’s messy dating life and Grace’s struggles with adjusting to marriage, failing to land. With Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda sharing fewer scenes together this season than usual, the show suffers from the absence of their chemistry, which has always been one of its more dependable ingredients. On the flip side, Martin Sheen and (especially) Sam Waterston deliver some of their best work together, as Sol and Robert face a cancer scare and growing financial struggles that bring out the best in both actors. The season finale (“The Change”) is one of its finest episodes ever and manages to reinvigorate the formula for a new season, which I certainly wasn’t expecting, given my growing impatience and occasional boredom throughout the previous twelve episodes.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)