Jane and Lily Forever
Grace and Frankie premiered on Netflix today, putting Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin together onscreen for the first time in 35 years. The two play an uptight former beauty executive and flighty hippie thrown together when their husbands leave them for each other. We heartily recommend you check it out — if the extended peyote sequence in the pilot doesn’t sell you on the duo’s comic chemistry, nothing will.
Peggy Olson’s GIF-able Adventure
It was an awful, awful week for Joan Harris, but Peggy Olson took some of the edge off of “Lost Horizon,” an otherwise thoroughly depressing episode of Mad Men, with not one, but two scenes that promptly broke the Internet. First, she skates through the office as Roger Sterling plays the organ; then, she strolls into McCann smoking a cigarette and holding some old-fashioned tentacle porn, ready to kick ass. Go, Peggy, go.
For her 20th — and final, given his impending departure — appearance on David Letterman, Tina Fey showed off her dress, supposedly the last she ever plans to wear on a late-night talk show… and then the Spanx and BYE DAVE! singlet underneath. Letterman’s remaining final guests have quite the act to follow.
Silicon Valley introduced its first female programmer this week: Alice Wetterlund’s Carla, who demonstrates within minutes that she’s not just as much of a computing whiz as the boys — she’s also just as much of a misanthrope, capable of reducing Dinesh and Gilfoyle to a harassment complaint in a matter of hours. It’s a much-need addition to a show with an overwhelmingly male cast; hopefully the real Silicon Valley will soon follow suit.
Attack of the Witches
Gothic horror mashup Penny Dreadful returned for its second season this week, shifting gears from vampires (last season’s Big Bad was Dracula, after all) to shapeshifting witches, pursuing heroine Vanessa Ives on behalf of none other than Satan himself. Werewolves, Frankenstein, and now both Frankenstein’s monsters are still in play, though, setting the stage for a sophomore season that’ll hopefully accrue some buzz to a severely underrated drama.