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Grace and Frankie, a TV Milestone for Gay Seniors and Women, Retires

Grace and Frankie

Farewell, Grace and Frankie.

The Netflix show, first launched in 2015, will take a bow after its seventh season — making it the series with the longest run on the streaming platform.

"You have laughed with us, cried with us and grew old with us. Today we announce Grace & Frankie has been renewed for what will be our seventh and final season," the Grace and Frankie Twitter account stated Wednesday.

"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!" said stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in a statement.

"We’ll miss these two old gals, Grace and Frankie, as much as many of their fans will, but we’ll still be around," the pair added.

The Emmy-nominated series starred Fonda and Tomlin as older women whose husbands, played by Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen, left them to be in a relationship with one another. The divorce forced the pair, who never liked each other much, to forge an unlikely friendship.

Grace and Frankie was groundbreaking in how it depicted the sex lives, relationships, and friendships of senior citizens — both gay and straight — as well as for its out star, Tomlin. Cocreated by Marta Kauffman and Howard J. Morris, the show also starred June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker, Baron Vaughn, and Ethan Embry as the children of this foursome.

"It's thrilling and somehow fitting, that our show about the challenges, as well as the beauty and dignity of aging, will be the oldest show on Netflix," Kauffman and Morris said in a statement.

Fans still have plenty of time left with Grace and Frankie, however. The show's sixth season won't premiere until January 2020. Its seventh season has yet to have a release date.

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