One last ride! Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are saying 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 thrilling and somehow fitting, that our show about the challenges, as well as the beauty and dignity of aging, will be the oldest show on Netflix,” they noted in a September 2019 statement.
Fonda and Tomlin, who portray the titular Grace Hanson and Frankie Bergstein, respectively, added in a statement of their own: “We are both delighted and heartbroken that Grace and Frankie will be back for its seventh, though final, season. We’re so grateful that our show has been able to deal with issues that have really connected to our grand generation. And their kids, and amazingly, their kids as well! We’ll miss these two old gals, Grace and Frankie, as much as many of their fans will, but we’ll still be around. We’ve outlasted so many things — just hope we don’t outlast 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 Waterston), reveal that they are in love with one another and leaving their wives after decades of marriage. As they cope with their breakups in their own ways — and eventually, together — Grace and Frankie develop an unshakeable bond.
Even the actresses, who previously worked together on 1980’s 9 to 5, are the best of friends. “I miss her when I’m not with her,” Fonda gushed of her costar 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 Us Weekly ahead of the premiere, Decker got emotional about saying goodbye.
“When I auditioned for it … you know, Netflix [had] House of Cards and there [was] Orange Is the New Black, and we were their first half-hour comedy,” she recalled. “So it was still this, like, new place that was making interesting television, but we were unsure what it would turn into. And now Netflix is Netflix. It’s been amazing to see Netflix grow. … We’re gonna be connected forever.”
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