What you need to know
- Showrunner Michael Schur announced on Twitter that Season 4 will be the final season.
- Four seasons was "the right lifespan" for the show.
- Schur recently inked a gigantic deal with Universal TV.
Is this the Bad Place? That's up to you to decide.
The Good Place showrunner Michael Schur took to Twitter Friday night to announce that the hit NBC sitcom, starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, about the afterlife would end after Season 4.
But this isn't bad news from the networks. Schur clarified in a statement posted on the show's official Twitter that the writing staff felt that after four seasons, the show would have run its course.
"After The Good Place was picked up for season two, the writing staff and I began to map out, as best we could, the trajectory of the show," Schur said in the statement. |Given the ideas we wanted to explore, and the pace at which we wanted to present those ideas, I began to feel like four seasons—just over 50 episodes—was the right lifespan."
The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the news was also announced at a For Your Consideration Emmy panel held Friday night, hence the late announcement.
Anybody who knows The Good Place understands that the show was never going to be a 10-season epic. The serialized nature of the story, which follows four people as they contend with the afterlife, the nature of goodness and morality, and the existential meaning of existence (yes it was a lot for a half-hour comedy), meant that it was bound to end at a set point.
The Good Place never raked in the highest ratings, but it's a critical darling and a huge discussion-maker on social media. It was picked up for Season 4 right before its third season finale in January.
It's always good news when a show gets to go out on its own terms, but it's still sad to see such a great show go. The Good Place always managed to surprise its audience, with a number of twists, constant shakeups of its structure, and character turns that made following each character a delight.
Schur, who's also the executive producer on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and has been attached to other comedy classics like The Office and Parks and Recreation, recently inked a gigantic deal with Universal TV, which means we'll be getting a lot more TV from The Good Place creator for years to come.