The Good Place will end after Season 4, creator Michael Shur has announced.
The fantasy series follows an ordinary woman who is wrongly sent to a pleasant afterlife and must hide in plain sight from its creator, who is unaware of his mistake, as she navigates her surroundings. Kristen Bell stars as Eleanor, who dies and finds herself accidentally in The Good Place, where she absolutely doesn’t belong. She is joined by Ted Danson, who plays Michael, the architect in charge of her neighbourhood.
The show, which premieres on Netflix in the UK and is also repeated on E4 at a later date, aired its third season last year and will return for a fourth this autumn. Now, Schur has revealed that this will also be its last. He made the announcement last night at the Television Academy in North Hollywood during a panel discussion dedicated to the series.
“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. 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. At times over the past few years we’ve been tempted to go beyond four seasons, but mostly because making this show is a rare, creatively fulfilling joy, and at the end of the day, we don’t want to tread water just because the water is so warm and pleasant. As such, the upcoming fourth season will be our last.”
“I will be forever grateful to NBC and Universal TV for letting us make The Good Place,” he added, “and for letting us end it on our own schedule. I will also be forever grateful to the creative team, both on-screen and off, for their hard work and dedication to a very weird idea. We ask the question very frequently, on this show, what do we owe to each other? The answer, for me, is: I owe all of you a whole lot.”
Since its launch in 2016, The Good Place has won the AFI Award for Program of the Year, TCA Award for Program of the Year, a Humanitas Award and a Peabody Award. In addition, the series has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award, Writers Guild Award, Producers Guild Award and Critics’ Choice Award.
“One of the most inventive shows on TV,” we wrote in our review of Season 3, available on Netflix UK, alongside Season 1 and 2. Never seen The Good Place? Read our spoiler-free review of the first season here.