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- Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie” has been renewed for a fifth season.
- Only three other Netflix original programs have managed to do that.
Netflix announced on Wednesday that its original comedy “Grace and Frankie,” about two women – played by Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda – whose husbands leave them for each other, has been renewed for a fifth season to premiere in 2019.
The fifth season will guest star RuPaul, famous for “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” RuPaul (and the show’s Twitter) tweeted about the news on Wednesday:
This. Just. Happened. pic.twitter.com/0UXSwk7Ymk
— Grace and Frankie (@GraceandFrankie) February 14, 2018
Netflix has a ton of original shows, but now only four – excluding children’s shows, talk shows, and revivals of shows that started on other networks – have managed to reach the 5-season club.
Here are the other three Netflix original programs that have reached or been renewed for five seasons:
1. “Orange is the New Black” (2013)
Number of seasons: 5, and renewed for a sixth
Number of episodes so far: 65
Rotten Tomatoes score: 91%
Highest rated season: 2 (98%)
Lowest rated season: 5 (74%)
Jenji Kohan’s “Orange is the New Black,” based on the book by Piper Kerman, originally focused itself on Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), who was imprisoned in an all-female facility with a woman she used to have a relationship with.
However, the series in recent seasons has deviated from Chapman’s story and emphasized its large ensemble of prisoners played by a diverse cast of women, including Emmy-winner Uzo Aduba and Laverne Cox.
2. “BoJack Horseman” (2014)
Number of seasons: 4, and renewed for a fifth
Number of episodes so far: 48
Rotten Tomatoes score: 89%
Highest rated season: 2 (100%)*
Lowest rated season: 1 (60%)
“BoJack Horseman” follows a washed-up actor – who happens to be a horse voiced by Will Arnett – as he attempts to get his life on track through a series of stunts that include a book deal and an Oscar campaign. However, he is consistently held back by his own self-doubt and drinking problem. The show deals with heavy themes for an animated comedy, including depression and drug abuse.
*Both season 2 and 3 had 100% Rotten Tomatoes scores, but season 2 had a higher audience score.
2. “House of Cards” (2013)
Number of seasons: 5, and renewed for a sixth (and final) season
Number of episodes so far: 65
Rotten Tomatoes score: 81%
Highest rated season: 4 (88%)
Lowest rated season: 5 (71%)
“House of Cards” saw power hungry Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) lie, manipulate, and even murder his way into becoming the President of the United States.
However, after a series of sexual assault allegations against Spacey surfaced, Netflix decided to cut ties with the actor. In November, Netflix announced a sixth and final eight-episode season starring Robin Wright, who plays Frank’s wife, Claire. Production resumed on the season in January, with two new co-stars added – Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear.