Netflix announced the renewal of Grace and Frankie for a sixth season on Tuesday, January 15, ahead of the launch of Season 5. The streaming giant had announced in December, 2018, that Grace and Frankie Season 5 would launch globally on Friday, January 18, 2019.
The confirmation of Grace and Frankie for Season 6 ahead of the premiere of Season 5 means that fans can follow the wonderful friendship of the two ladies in the upcoming season assured that they will see more of it after the season is over.
Meanwhile, this article has everything we know so far about Grace and Frankie Season 6, and we will include details on the release date, teasers and trailer, returning cast and plot as and when they are known.
Grace and Frankie Season 6 release date
While the good news announced on January 15 was that Grace and Frankie will return to Netflix for yet another season in 2020, the streaming service has not yet announced the exact release date for Grace and Frankie Season 6.
However, based on the fact that the last two seasons — Seasons 4 and 5 — premiered in the month of January, we might guess that Season 6 will likely also premiere in January 2020.
However, Seasons 1 and 2 premiered in May while Season 3 premiered in March. So it is possible that Netflix might revert to the pattern of earlier launch dates and release Season 6 in the spring of 2020, slightly later than January.
All previous seasons of the series have so far consisted of 13 episodes, so fans can expect that Grace and Frankie Season 6 will also have 13 episodes.
Grace and Frankie Season 6 details
Grace and Frankie is created for Netflix by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris.
Kauffman’s previous credits include Friends (TV series 1994-2004), which she co-created with David Crane. Kauffman and Crane also co-created HBO’s Dream On (1990-1996). She served as executive producer on The WB network comedy drama Related (TV series 2005-2006), alongside Steve Pearlman and Andrew Plotkin.
Morris’s credits include Home Improvement (TV series 1992-1996), In Case of Emergency (TV series 2015-2019) and Sullivan & Son (TV series 2012-2014).
Kauffman and Morris are executive producing Grace and Frankie with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Paula Weinstein, Billy Finnegan, Dana Goldberg, John Hoffman, Robbie Tollin, David Ellison (Skydance TV), Alexa Jung, and Marcy Ross.
The series, from the production companies OK Goodnight and Skydance Television, launched on Netflix in May 2015 and stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin alongside Sam Waterston, Martin Sheen, Ethan Embry, Baron Vaughn, June Diane Raphael, and Brooklyn Decker.
The series follows the lives of Grace (Jane Fonda) and Frankie (Lily Tomlin) who come together as friends after their husbands, Robert and Sol, left them for a gay relationship with each other.
Grace and Frankie debuted to initially mixed reviews.
On Rotten Tomatoes, Grace and Frankie Season 1 received an approval rating of 56% based on 39 reviews. On Metacritic, Season 1 earned a “generally favorable” Metascore of 58/100 based on 27 critical reviews.
Grace and Frankie Season 2 earned a much improved approval rating of 89% (based on nine reviews) on Rotten Tomatoes, and a “generally favorable” Metascore of 62/100 (based on 6 critical reviews) on Metacritic.
Seasons 3 and 4 earned perfect approval ratings of 100% (based on 8 and 5 reviews respectively) on Rotten Tomatoes
Overall, Grace and Frankie has averaged an 86% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The series received Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2017 (Fonda and Tomlin) and 2018 (Tomlin). The series also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a musical or comedy TV series in 2016 (Tomlin).
Besides Primetime Emmy Award nominations, the series has received Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Fonda and Tomlin, an NAACP Image Award nomination, and a Writer’s Award nomination, among others.
Grace and Frankie enjoys the distinction of being Netflix’s longest-running live-action scripted comedy series. Despite being centered on the lives of two senior citizens, the show has resonated with a broad section of the demographic, including younger viewers.
“It is fascinating, we have a much younger audience than we thought we’d ever get,” Kauffmann told IndieWire. “Jessica Biel just posted herself nursing her baby and watching ‘Grace and Frankie.’ Miley Cyrus likes the show.”
Kauffman had reassured fans in the February 2018 interview with IndieWire that the show will continue on Netflix for as “long as it is comfortable for Jane and Lily.”
“It could be years and years. Who knows?” she said.
Grace and Frankie Season 6 trailers
With Grace and Frankie Season 6 slated to hit Netflix sometime in 2020, an official trailer is not yet in sight. We will update this page when Netflix releases a trailer for Grace and Frankie Season 6.
Meanwhile, enjoy the trailer for Grace and Frankie Season 5 released on January 8, 2019.
Grace and Frankie Season 6 cast
Netflix has not officially announced the cast for Grace and Frankie Season 6, but fans can expect the main cast of the series to return.
The series stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as the title characters Grace and Frankie.
Fonda’s recent credits include Youth (2015), Our Souls at Night (2017) and Book Club (2018), while Lily Tomlin recently voiced Aunt May in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018).
Fonda plays the retired cosmetics mogul Grace Hanson, while Lily Tomlin plays the hippie art teacher Frances “Frankie” Bergstein.
Martin Sheen portrays Grace’s former husband Robert Hanson, while Sam Waterston plays Frankie’s former husband Sol Bergstein.
Robert and Sol declare their love for each other and leave their wives for a gay relationship.
June Diane Raphael plays Grace and Robert’s daughter Brianna Hanson. She heads the cosmetics company that Grace founded.
Raphael is known for having played Julie Gristlewhite in the comedy series Burning Love (2012- ).
Brooklyn Decker plays Brianna’s little sister Mallory, while Ethan Embry plays Coyote, Frankie and Sol’s adopted son.
Baron Vaughn portrays Nwabudike “Bud” Bergstein, Frankie and Sol’s other adopted son, who is a lawyer at Robert & Sol law firm.
Although Netflix has not officially confirmed which of the recurring cast members are returning for Grace and Frankie Season 6, fans are hoping that Lisa Kudrow and RuPaul will reprise their roles as Sheree and Benjamin Le Day.
Grace and Frankie Season 4 added Friends star Kudrow in a recurring role as Sheree, Grace’s manicurist. Kudrow had worked with Grace and Frankie co-creator Kauffman on Friends.
Grace and Frankie Season 5 also features Emmy Award winner RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race), who plays the quick-witted Benjamin Le Day, as an adversary of the ladies.
RuPaul portrayed Lionel on Netflix’s short-lived Girlboss (2017) and Gil on truTV’s Adam Ruins Everything (TV series 2015- ). He also appeared as Marcel on Broad City (TV series 2014- ).
We will update fans on other recurring cast members expected to return for Season 6.
Recurring cast members include Jackson Pace, who played Chris Brody in Showtime’s Homeland (2011 -), Tim Bagley as Peter, Peter Cambor as Barry, Talia Shire as Teddie, and Jack Plotnick as Paul.
Celebrities who have guest starred in the series include Christine Lahti, Brian Benben, Nora Dunn, Corbin Bernsen, Peter Gallagher and Rita Moreno. Anyone of them could also return for Season 6.
Peter Gallagher played Nick Skolka, Grace’s boyfriend, who owns Omni Tech, the company which the ladies accused of stealing their Vybrant vibrator design.
We might also see new faces in Grace and Frankie Season 6. We will update fans when new casting announcements are made.
Kauffman admitted to IndieWire that she was unable to get all the actors she wanted for the series.
“A lot of people [want to do TV] but there are a lot of people who don’t, who still have a certain judgment about it,” she said.
Grace and Frankie Season 6 plot
The TV series follows two women, Grace and Frankie, who were forced to come together for mutual support — although they never liked each other — after their husbands, Robert and Sol, both successful divorce lawyers in San Diego, left them for a gay relationship with each other.
The shared misfortune brings the two women together. They forge a bond as they face the challenges of rebuilding their live post-divorce.
After a series of hair-raising adventures in Season 4, including driving a mobile scooter under the influence and running into a police car, their adult children decided it was time for them to join a retirement community.
In the Season 4 finale, the two were shocked to discover that their children had sold their beach house and wanted them to move to an assisted-living facility.
Kauffman told IndieWire that Grace and Frankie Season 5 will pick up where Season 4 left off. We may also assume that Grace and Frankie Season 6 will pick up wherever Season 5 leaves off.
The showrunners have not given any hints about what to expect of Grace and Frankie Season 6. But fans will get a better idea of where Season 6 is headed after seeing Season 5 which launches on Netflix on January 18.