Glorious in every way! It's such a refreshing comedy!
Now they need to bring in Dolly Parton for Season 2.
I love everyone involved, I think the issues they tackle are so important and I love the fact that Sheen and Waterston's characters are being true to themselves, that's wonderful.
But, I can't bear the writing, it's dated, by at least 10-15 years. Never in my life did I think that I would not be able to sit through a show with my idol, Martin Sheen, plus the exceptional Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Sam Waterston. I like the juxtaposition of how Waterston's character is eagerly embracing his new life whilst Sheen's character is wanting to take things much, much slower - and quieter! It's a good way of showing their conflcting views.
I'm also not sure that Sheen's casting was the best idea as he seems disconnected from so much of the show - and I've sat through the West Wing box set several times so it's not that I don't love him and his acting.
Fonda and Tomlin, I don't know, I just can't make out what the writers are wanting to say - about the MAIN characters. I want to like this show and find out what it's about. But after five episodes, I gave up in dismay at the writing. It's hard to watch great actors with not so good material. As I said, I want to like this show, I want to, SO much.
So much, that I'll watch the first couple of eps of Season 2, just to see if its improved. It's only my opinion, I just wish they (the writers) had put more effort into keeping it relevant and emotional. This is the show I should be eagerly binge watching over and over or eking out ep by ep just so I can enjoy it even just for a moment longer. I am so sad that it's not, as the opening episodes were fantastic. But, sometimes shows lose their way ('Lost') and then come back better than ever - I dearly hope this is one of them.