Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin Set Netflix Record for Longest Running Netflix Series as “Grace & Frankie” Renewed for 7th and Final Season


Big news: “Grace & Frankie” starring the great Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin has been renewed by Netflix for a seventh, and final, season.

This makes Fonda and Tomlin, along with Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston, stars of the longest running series in Netflix history! When they’re done with 16 new episodes, they’ll have a total of 94 shows.

In this day of quickly cancelled shows and fickle audiences, this news is quite astounding. Back when “Grace and Frankie” got its start, no one could have imagined how it would catch on. Netflix doesn’t share ratings, but you know this show has been a big hit every season. Netflix has been ruthless about killing series that no one’s watching. It doesn’t matter who’s the star. So “G&F” obviously has strong numbers.

For Fonda and Tomlin, the series was a reunion from their 1982 hit movie, “Nine to Five.” (Only Dolly Parton, who has plenty of projects, didn’t return.) Then the idea– of two women bonding after their husbands divorce them and marry each other– was daring. Plus, as the show evolved, it really became about two older women having sex lives and friendships later in life.

The ladies have had many nominations for various awards over the last six seasons, all deserved — 11 Primetime Emmy and 6 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, including nominations for both Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin and a Golden Globe nomination for Lily Tomlin.  Tomlin has been outstanding as the winsome but devilish Frankie. Fonda doesn’t get enough credit for her comedy chops– she is hilarious and poignant as Grace.

What a run! And for these ladies of a certain age, this is probably just the beginning!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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