Spoilers ahead for Season 4 of Grace and Frankie.
It's no secret that Netflix has changed the world of television production. With the inception of shows like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, it became clear that original streaming content was the future. Since then, Netflix has proceeded to produce a ton of TV shows, to varying levels of success. While the streaming service isn't shy about cancelling its less popular shows, there are also a handful of series that are well into their tenure on the small screen. This includes the sweet comedy Grace & Frankie, which recently debuted its fourth season on the streaming service. Get ready for more, because Grace and Frankie has just been renewed for Season 5.
Less than a month after the release of Season 4, and Netflix has already renewed the acclaimed series for another set of episodes. Grace and Frankie will officially return for Season 5, making it one of the streaming service's longest running shows. While no hints regarding the season's overall plot have been teased, there is one exciting guest star to look forward to. Emmy Winning Drag Queen and actor/singer RuPaul Charles will be playing newcomer Benjamin Le Day, described as "a formidable and quick-witted adversary who faces off with Grace and Frankie."
It looks like Grace and Frankie aren't quite out of the woods yet, and will continue to fight for their independence in Season 5. It's not clear who exactly Benjamin Le Day is, but perhaps his conflict with the titular best friends has to do with the current state of their house. In addition to being a true disaster, the final moments of Season 4's finale saw the ladies realize that the kids has sold the place. Their home, it seems, may slipping away.
It should be interesting to see where Grace and Frankie goes in the show's fifth season. While Season 4 continued to delight with the title characters' antics, it had plenty of serious moments. One of the big themes around Season 4 was how the ladies were aging, and possibly losing some of their independence. Eventually they were manipulated and guilted by their children to join a retirement community-- one that wouldn't allow either character to do what they love. While the best friends and roommates eventually came to their sense and reclaimed their space, how will the family react to their choice? And what's going on in with the Beach House?
In addition to the upcoming appearance by RuPaul, it would great to see Lisa Kudrow return in Season 5. She played Grace's new roommate Sheree in the first few episodes of this season, before the girls helped her win her home back. And since Grace and Frankie now find themselves in a similar position, perhaps the tables will turn and Sheree will take care of her new friends.
Grace and Frankie's first four seasons are currently available on Netflix. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch, and our cancellation list to see if your favorite show got the chop last year.
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