One last round! Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin say goodbye to Grace and Frankie after seven seasons and nearly 100 episodes.
The Netflix comedy is the longest-running original series on the streaming platform to date, debuting in 2015. Four years later, creators and showrunners Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris confirmed that season 7 would be the last.
“It’s exciting and somehow fitting that our show about the challenges, as well as the beauty and dignity of aging, is the longest running show on Netflix,” they noted in a September 2019 statement.
Fonda and Tomlin, who play the titular Grace Hanson and Frankie Bergstein respectively, added in their own statement: “We are both delighted and sorry that Grace and Frankie will be back for its seventh, albeit final, season. We are so grateful that our show was able to address issues that are truly related to our great generation. And their children, and surprisingly, their children too! These two spinsters, Grace and Frankie, will be missed as much as many of their fans, but we will always be here. We’ve survived so much – just hope we don’t outlive the planet.
The dynamic duo play adversaries-turned-roommates whose worlds are turned upside down when their husbands, Robert Hanson (Martin Sheen) and Sol Bergstein (Sam Waterton), reveal that they are in love and that they are leaving their wives after decades of marriage. As they deal with their breakups in their own way — and ultimately, together — Grace and Frankie develop an unbreakable bond.
Even the actresses, who previously worked together on the 1980s 9 to 5, are the best friends in the world. “I miss her when I’m not with her,” Fonda said of her co-star during a 2019 Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance as Tomlin teased, “No, we’re not sick of each other.”
Grace and Frankie also stars June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker, Baron Vaughn and Ethan Embry, all of whom will return for the final season. While speaking exclusively with We Weekly before the premiere, Decker got emotional to say goodbye.
“When I auditioned for this… you know, Netflix [had] Card castle and there [was] Orange is the new black, and we were their first half-hour comedy,” she recalled. “So it was always this new place that made interesting television, but we didn’t know what it would become. And now Netflix is Netflix. It’s amazing to watch Netflix grow. … We’re going to be connected forever .
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