Firefly Lane season 2: Release date, teaser trailer, plot and first look images

Tully and Kate are back for a second season

a close up of Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke in bed in a still from Firefly Lane season 2
(Image credit: Future/Netflix)

It's been a long wait for Firefly Lane season 2 - but there's finally word of a confirmed Netflix release date, plus a teaser trailer for fans to watch.

It's the feel-good show that puts friendship front and centre in the form of Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey - played by Grey's Anatomy's Katherine Heigl and Scrub's Sarah Chalke. Exploring their close bond over three different decades - 70s, 80s and present day, it sees the two growing up and dealing with the complexities of life together, be that love and sex or careers and family relationships.

The Netflix series has been hailed a must-watch for fans of Virgin River season 4, Sweet Magnolias and Chesapeake Shores for it's similar all-American feel. And we're pleased to say that there's many an update on Firefly Lane season 2 for fans to get excited about.

Firefly Lane season 2: Release date

Netflix have confirmed that Part 1 of Firefly Lane season 2 - comprised of 9 episodes - will air on December 2, 2022. The remaining seven episodes (Part 2) will then follow in 2023 sometime. 

"Firefly Lane returns this December 2nd with a concluding 16-episode supersized season. Part 1 debuts December 2, 2022 and includes episodes 201-209. Part 2 will launch in 2023 and include episodes 210-216," read the Netflix statement.

On Halloween of this year, actress Katherine Heigl (who plays Tully) shared a little teaser for Firefly Lane season 2. "Working on Firefly Lane with such an incredible cast was an extraordinary experience. We all had soooooooooooo much fun together. Super excited to be able to share this little Season 2 teaser with you," she tweeted.

"Promise me that we'll always be there for each other," the teaser clip starts, with both an adult and younger Tully and Kate embracing. It's followed by further shots of Tully and Kate throughout the different stages of their life - teens, working the newsroom and in present day, showing the two always having each other's back no matter what.

In an interview with Deadline, Netflix’s drama head Jinny Howe teased the upcoming season saying “It’s a really, really beautiful season, Katherine and Sarah, their dynamic is so, so strong, so I’m really excited to have fans return to that show.”

When is the Firefly Lane season 2 trailer available?

Katherine Heigl confirmed that Entertainment Tonight will be debuting the Firefly Lane season 2 trailer on November 1, 2022. And we'll be sure to share the trailer when live.

Those involved behind the scenes with the show have shared their excitement about the upcoming season. In an interview with Deadline, Jinny Howe - head of drama at Netflix - said of season 2: "It’s a really, really beautiful season, Katherine and Sarah, their dynamic is so, so strong, so I’m really excited to have fans return to that show."

Fans online have also expressed their glee at news of the show's return. "I just want to tell you that im so excited about the new season of Firefly Lane @KatieHeigl," wrote one viewer on Twitter. Whilst another tweeted: "I'm dying to see this sequence😭😍 #Fireflylane" with shots of Tully and Kate from the season 2 teaser.

Firefly Lane season 2: First look images

Firefly Lane season 2: Plot

"Kate grapples with the painful aftermath of Johnny's ill-fated trip to Iraq, while Tully faces a lawsuit after walking away from her talk show, and must start her career over from the bottom," reads the official Netflix plot synopsis. "This leads her to search for answers about who she is and where she comes from -- including a quest to find the father she never met, against the wishes of her secretive hippie mother, Cloud. 

"In the '80s, we see Kate and Johnny first fall in love, creating more than a little drama in the newsroom where they work, as Tully's career rises and she spars (and flirts!) with cocky sportscaster Danny Diaz. She just might have met her match -- that is, if they can stop arguing for five minutes. 

"While in the '70s, teenage Kate and Tully struggle to keep their friendship together as Cloud goes to jail for dealing drugs and Tully goes to live with her grandmother, far away from Firefly Lane. As the girls face the tumult of high school apart, they know the one thing they really need is each other."

Fans are no doubt hoping that in Firefly Lane season 2 we'll finally learn the root cause of Tully and Kate's fight - which ends their close thirty year friendship. Is it to do over a guy (Johnny?), a family member or careers? 

Showrunner and series creator Maggie Friedman certainly suggests as such:

"One of the beautiful things I will say about this story, and one of the reasons I love it, is that even though there is a love triangle, their relationship is bigger than that," she says. "Their sisterhood is stronger than any man could come between them. And they are soulmates. I think that's cool because there's a way that story could've been told where it's all about Johnny and them cat-fighting over Johnny. But that's not what it is at all. 

a still of Tully, Kate and Johnny in Firefly Lane seaosn 1

Tully and Kate with Johnny in the 80s newsroom

(Image credit: Netflix)

"I feel sympathy for both of them when they're grappling with their different feelings for him," she adds. "In episode 7, when Tully sleeps with Johnny, it's a real test for their relationship... and hopefully you're on everybody's side. Ultimately, their friendship matters way more than any guy."

What is Firefly Lane based on?

The series Firefly Lane is actually based on the 2008 book of the same name by Kristin Hannah. Like the Netflix shows it follows the characters of Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey over 30 years of friendship.

There are two books in the Firefly Lane series by Kristin Hannah - the first is simply Firefly Lane, with the sequel called Fly Away.

Firefly Lane Paperback (2013 edition) by Kristin Hannah - View at Amazon

Firefly Lane Paperback (2013 edition) by Kristin Hannah - View at Amazon

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"FIirefly Lane is a book for every woman who knows that her best friend is the only person who really, truly, knows her. And it is a book she will never forget". - read the novel that inspired the hit Netflix series.

Will there be a season 3 of Firefly Lane?

No there will not be a season 3 of Firefly Lane, as Netflix have confirmed that the show will end with the upcoming second season.

Firefly Lane season 2 will be made up of 16 episodes in total, so it's thought that any unanswered questions or loose plot endings will be dealt with within these episodes.

As the Netflix show is based on two books - it's thought that this could be the reason why the series will end after the second season. Especially as Kristin Hannah hasn't shared any plans to continue the current book series further.

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