‘Grace and Frankie’ to end as Netflix’s longest-running original series yet

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Netflix will soon lose another of its beloved original shows. Grace and Frankie officially began production on its seventh and final season. While fans are sad to see Jane Fonda as Grace Hanson and Lily Tomlin as Frankie Bergstein, they will have a long season last season. At the end of the show, it will also have the distinction of being the oldest Netflix original series to date.

‘Grace and Frankie’ is Netflix’s longest-running original series

When Grace and Frankie wraps up its final season, it will officially be Netflix’s longest-running original series, if all goes according to plan, at least. The seventh season of the series is expected to contain 16 episodes. The previous seasons were all made up of 13 episodes. The three extra installments are what will put the series on top.

Lily Tomlin as Frankie and Jane Fonda as Grace | Said Adyani / Netflix

Before the announcement, Orange is the new black was technically the Netflix Original with the most episodes. The series on life in a prison for women ended its seventh and final season in 2019. Each season consisted of 13 episodes. When the screen last went black, Netflix produced 91 episodes of the hit series. Grace and Frankie will end its Netflix run with 94 episodes.

What other shows have lasted more than five seasons on Netflix?

While Grace and Frankie is Netflix’s longest-running original series, it’s not the only one that has enjoyed a long tenure. Netflix has had several incredibly successful originals. Others are sure to come.

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Card castle is perhaps the most remarkable of Netflix’s enduring successes. It was also his first original concept. The writers were working on the sixth season of the show when news broke that Kevin Spacey, star of the show, was being charged with sexual misconduct. Over the weeks, more and more men have stepped forward to share their stories of inappropriate contact. According to Vulture, the writers threw away the nine episodes they worked on and returned to the drawing board. The show ended with an abridged sixth season.

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The crown, which debuted in 2016, will also end with its sixth season. Season 5 is slated for release in 2022. Season 5 will tell the story of the Royal Family through the 1990s. Big mouth, the coming-of-age animation starring Nick Kroll, has also been renewed for a fifth and sixth season.

Why does “Grace and Frankie” end?

Grace and Frankie remains popular with fans, and there seem to be a lot more stories to tell. So why is the series ending? In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Marta Kauffman said the series will end after Season 7 for a host of different reasons. Interestingly, she noted that Netflix is ​​moving away from long-form content, opting instead for specials and shorter shows. Kauffman is the creator of Grace and Frankie, among other resounding successes.

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The Kominsky method, the series created by Chuck Lorre which ended in May 2021 after its third season, is a perfect example of the new direction of the streaming giant. Lorre revealed that his production team and Netflix agreed to end the series after just 22 episodes. The end of Grace and Frankie seems much less reciprocal. Kauffman’s revelation, however, indicates that Grace and Frankie could be the streaming giant’s longest-running series in quite some time.

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