The Good Place will end after season 4


Unfortunately, we will have to leave The Good Place after the upcoming season. But, unlike the shows that met the axe this summer, The Good Place is going out on its own terms.

Well, the time has come. According to a report from TV Line (and social media posts from the major cast members), The Good Place will be ending after its upcoming fourth season. Creator Michael Schur announced this on Friday night at a panel discussion.

Schur said that, after the show was picked up for season two, he and the writers began to figure out what trajectory the show needed to take. They took the ideas they wanted to explore and found what felt right in terms of pace and timing and they came to the conclusion that four seasons (or just over 50 episodes, he points out) would be the right “lifespan” for the show.

(You can read Schur’s full statement below in an Instagram post from The Good Place star Kristen Bell.)

Schur, a 2-time Emmy Award winner (and 14-time nominee) has ties to great shows like The Office (writer, actor), Parks and Recreation (co-creator) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (co-creator). In other words, the man knows what it means to run a show for season after season. He knows that great shows can run for years.

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But he also probably knows the strain put on a show if it outlives its logical lifespan. (Just ask anyone who thinks the quality of The Office took a nosedive after Steve Carell left.

According to TV Line, Schur admitted that there have been times over the last few years that tempted them to go beyond the four season. “Mostly because  making this show is a rare, creatively fulfilling joy,” Schur said on the panel. “At the end of the day, we don’t want to tread water just because the water is so warm and pleasant.”

Schur continued to thank NBC and Universal TV for allowing them to make the show (and not pressuring them to continue past their desired timeline).

According to TV Line, the co-presidents of scripted programming at NBC Entertainment, Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, released a joint statement assuring fans that they “will love what Mike Schur and his writers have in store for the final season.”

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If you’re like me and you dread shows that get aimless after a few seasons and seem like they had no plan for the show if it became a hit, it’s so refreshing to hear that Schur has a clear plan. His team knows exactly what they want and need to do in this final season of The Good Place.

I, for one, can’t wait.

Are you excited for season 4 of The Good Place? Let us know in the comments!

(Source: TV Line)