EXCLUSIVE: Netflix debuts 'Grace and Frankie' trailer starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin

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By CHELSEA HUANG

The buzz about Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's new Netflix series "Grace and Frankie" is about to take off -- and AOL has the exclusive first look at the much-anticipated series.

"You can see the whole first season in six and a half hours," Fonda dished to AOL BUILD about "Grace and Frankie," which she says she's "very excited about."

In the first look trailer, we meet Fonda and Lily Tomlin's characters Grace and Frankie, whose husbands, played by Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, leave them -- for each other. The exclusive trailer shows the duo going through their seven stages of grief after learning their husbands, who were law partners, had been lovers for 20 years.

"It's funny, but it's also poignant and serious. It's the kind of thing I like a lot," Fonda teased. "It's funny and also there are tears."

Fonda stars as a straight-laced woman in her seventies opposite Tomlin's Frankie, a "messy, pot-smoking, peyote-sipping, aging hippie who teaches art to ex-convicts."

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The duo previously starred in the 1980s film "Nine to Five," and remained close friends since -- which explains their effortless chemistry.

"It's so hard to make a television series," Fonda said. "It was just so great that I had someone with me who I can trust. I know she's not going to try to knife me in the back or steal scenes or, you know, she'll tell me if I'm doing something wrong."

As a decorated actress, Jane Fonda says she looks for "depth" in choosing roles as she's gotten older -- and she found just that in the writing of the new streaming series.

"Ever since I got old ... I've wanted to give a cultural face to older women. And television is the place to do it. Television is much more forgiving to women in general and older women in particular," she said.

The 13-episode series from producers Marta Kaufman from "Friends" and Howard J. Morris of "Home Improvement" will be available for your binge-watching pleasure on Netflix on May 8.

Jane Fonda on Her New Netflix Series 'Grace and Frankie'

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