All good things must come to and end, and it seems so must all good places…
NBC has announced it will be ending The Good Place after show’s fourth season. It’s not a cancellation, but rather the writers of show have decided to conclude the series rather than drag it out longer than necessary.
The Good Place was created by Michael Schur, who co-created Parks and Recreation, and also worked on the US version of The Office. It stars Kristen Bell who, when she appears in the afterlife, is surprised to find herself in ‘the good place’.
In a statement, via the Independent, Michael Schur said:
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.
Schur also thanked the network and all the people who had worked on the show, saying: ‘We look forward to a great final season airing this fall.’
Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, executives from NBC, also released a statement, saying:
Since day one, The Good Place has been a seminal show for us and one that hits all the NBC touch points – incredibly smart, funny, inventive and emotional.
We know the audience will love what Mike Schur and his writers have in store for the final season.
The first three seasons of The Good Place are available to stream on Netflix in the UK, while the fourth and final season is expected to air later this year.
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Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.