How can it be? The two senior women who stole our hearts with their tough love for each other and ergonomic sex toys have, somehow, already flown through five seasons of dramedic gold. Thankfully, the fifth season wasn’t their last. Grace and Frankie-the Netflix original starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin that effortlessly balances humor, the complexities of aging, social issues, and more-will return to Netflix for season 6 next year.
The new season was confirmed by Netflix on Jan. 15 ahead of the Jan. 18 release of season 5. In it, the pair of divorcées-turned-best friends escaped from an assisted living facility (a residence finagled by their concerned kids) and attempted to find refuge in their former beach home, only to discover that it was sold while they were away. Their ex-husbands, who left in season 1 to be married to each other, helped them reclaim the property just in time for them to encounter more obstacles-in their friendships, love lives, and at work. These obstacles culminated in a tense season finale unlike any other. That season 5 cliffhanger left fans with an indelible basket of emotions that can only be unpacked by another 13 episodes.
So, if it’s of any consolation, here’s everything we know about Grace and Frankie season 6.
The new season will hit Netflix in 2020.
Since its January renewal announcement, no further specifics regarding its release date have been mentioned. No trailer-nothing. It’s hosting page on the streaming site simply states to expect more Grace and Frankie in 2020. According to Deadline, pre-production was underway in January. On February 26, Fonda shared that filming was still ongoing with a snapshot of her “reading NY Times & getting ready to be ‘Grace.’” Past seasons have released at different times of the year, so it’s not easy to predict where the next might fall.
My morning routine -reading NY Times & getting ready to be “Grace.” pic.twitter.com/1QcqontDtk- Jane Seymour Fonda (@Janefonda) February 26, 2019
A special someone is returning.
Grace and Frankie have each pursued a few different love interests in their time as friends, and they’ve each offered something unique and interesting to their story. Perhaps Frankie’s most intriguing (and quite frankly, adorable) love interest following the split from her ex-husband, Sol, (played by Sam Waterston) was Jacob, whom she had to leave after realizing she couldn’t date long distance or live in Santa Fe. According to a statement made by executive producer and co-creator Marta Kauffman at Hollywood’s PaleyFest on March 16, Jacob is coming back. “The electricity between them was so vibrant,” Kauffman said. “We will be seeing him in season 6.” Jacob is played by Ernie Hudson.
A new character will be introduced.
Along with the return of a familiar face, a new friend of the dynamic duo will be introduced in season 6. Well, whether or not she’s actually a friend can’t be confirmed just yet. But the new character will be played by Mary Steenburgen, who starred in the 2018 film Book Club alongside Fonda. The new addition to the cast was also announced at PaleyFest in early March. No further details regarding her character have been released.
There will (hopefully) be more iconic guest stars-and Dolly Parton could be one of them.
As if the two leads weren’t influential enough on their own, Netflix has, impressively, recruited some very influential figures for Grace and Frankie cameos. Season 5 brought the most notable: Drag Race’s RuPaul and The Simple Life’s Nicole Richie, who portrayed the assistant to the anonymous buyer of Grace and Frankie’s beach house and his kooky popstar boss, respectively. For season 6, the pair hopes to top the last with the inclusion of country music legend and long-time friend of theirs, Dolly Parton. On their PaleyFest panel, Fonda and Tomlin said they’d love to film an episode that also serves as an official 9 to 5 reunion, but Fonda said it depends on “the time and her schedule,” and that “she wants to, but she’s busy.” Parton herself has a Netflix anthology series, Heartstrings, expected to debut in late 2019.
Right now, 2020 and a new season of Grace and Frankie might seem far away, but they really aren’t. In honor of them both, though, you can make yourself a vodka martini “straight up, very dry” with two olives on the side, order a Del Taco burrito, and re-watch seasons 1 through 5 while you wait.
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