Commander in Chief

Geena Davis stars as President Mackenzie Allen, a Republican Vice President who succeeds after the death of President Teddy Bridges. While this show’s ratings fell substantially after a strong start, its premise makes it an interesting piece of television history. In addition, one study showed that people who watched the show became more likely to…

The Good Wife

This long-running series was inspired by stories of wives standing by their disgraced husbands. Set in a defense law firm, the series features strong women past midlife shown in their professional and personal capacities, as lawyers, lovers, and mothers. Julianna Margulies in the title role and Christine Baranski as one of her law partners are…

Golden Girls

This show and the later Hot in Cleveland are two good excuses to watch Betty White do her sexy-old-lady thing. The rest of the Golden Girls cast is great too, especially the inimitable Bea Arthur. There are many reasons this show ran for seven seasons, including its thoughtful treatment of aging and friendship. Regarding Hot…

Frankie and Gracie

Yes, this is the one to see, complete with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as reluctant housemates after their law partner husbands reveal their long-time affair with each other. Fonda’s Grace is a slightly conservative sexpot while Tomlin’s Frankie is a full-blown aging hippy. Their banter and the growth that happens in their unlikely friendship…

Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 60

The book version was published in 2009 and still gets great reviews. By all accounts, this is a joyful film about the sexy lives of women past sixty. I am trying to figure out how to rent this film, without paying hundreds of dollars to buy a copy. It certainly sounds intriguing.

Mamma Mia

The luminous Meryl Streep is this film’s true center, as her three on-screen loves can attest. Streep plays Donna, a single mom who owns an inn on a Greek isle. Her daughter is lovely, but Meryl steals the show from start to finish. The Abba music works, and Meryl’s two women pals (played by Julie…