Ahead of the sixth season landing on Netflix in the new year, Grace & Frankie has scored an early renewal for a seventh season, but it's a bittersweet announcement as it will be the final run of the acclaimed comedy-drama.
Starring Jane Fonda (Grace) & Lily Tomlin (Frankie), the two long-term friends are thrown together when their respective husbands (brilliantly played by Martin Sheen & Sam Waterston) reveal they're gay and have been in love for decades. Both women's lives are thrown into chaos as they're forced to live together, but over time they learn to accept their situation and start a new chapter of their lives. Co-created by Friends' Marta Kauffman, Grace & Frankie has been un unbridled joy since it arrived back in 2015. As a consolation prize, the final season will be longer than the standard thirteen episodes with Netflix confirming that season seven will consist of sixteen instalments.
Grace & Frankie is the latest long-running Netflix original to be brought to an end. House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black and all the Marvel spin-offs (to name but a few) have all now concluded. On the upside, had the final season of Grace & Frankie been for the usual thirteen episodes it would have tied with Orange Is the New Black (91 episodes) for the longest-running Netflix Original. However, those three extra episodes will see Grace & Frankie hit 94 episodes, landing the title of longest-running Netflix Original. An impressive accolade by any standard, but even more so as it's aimed at a slightly older audience than the usual Netflix Original. I think Grace & Frankie's target audience is anybody who likes well-written comedy-drama with a flawless cast of acting legends. The fact that it has lasted seven seasons is a testament to the worldwide love for the show. I'll level with you, it is going to be hard to say goodbye to these characters, but with almost thirty more episodes to go there's plenty left to enjoy.
Grace & Frankie season six lands on Netflix January 2020 with the seventh and final season arriving early 2021.