RIP Grace and Frankie

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There is bad news for those of us who just can’t get enough of Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as Grace and Frankie.  

Netflix released Part 2 (Episodes 705 – 716) of the seventh and final season of Grace and Frankie at the end of April. The release may have led fans of the hilarious series to question (and hope) whether there would be a future for the show beyond this season. Unfortunately, Season 8 for the lovable series is not happening. It was also previously announced that Season 7 would be the final season. 

Back in September 2019, former VP of Netflix Original Series, Cindy Holland, shared a statement in which she praised Grace and Frankie and the entire team behind the show.

“Since its premiere in 2015, Grace and Frankie, has expertly and hilariously demystified the experience of growing older and given a voice to the fastest-growing segment of our population.” Holland continued to praise the show’s stars, Tomlin, Fonda, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterson. 

“Jane, Lily, Sam, and Martin have become role models for fans that span generations around the world, and we are so proud to have been a part of the show’s journey from day one,” she continued. “A special thanks to Marta, Howard, and the team at Skydance, who have been superb partners every step of the way.” 

Additionally, the show’s title stars, Tomlin and Fonda, released a statement about the end of the series. In their joint statement, they expressed that they were of course sad that the series had to come to an end, but also felt gratitude for what they were able to accomplish. The beloved pair said: 

“We are both delighted and heartbroken that Grace and Frankie will be back for its seventh, though final, season,” Fonda and Tomlin said. “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.”

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The seventh and final season of Grace and Frankie premiered on April 29. The season wrapped up the story of the dynamic duo, who were brought together after their lawyer husbands revealed that they were gay and left them for each other. In addition to the show’s stars Fonda, Tomlin, Waterson, and Sheen, the show starred Brooklyn Decker, June Diane Raphael, Baron Vaughn, and Ethan Embry.

The series ends with a 90% Rotten Tomatoes score rating. The confirmation of the end of Grace and Frankie saddens The Reel 360 News team, but we are grateful for all the laughs. 

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