NBC renews critically acclaimed afterlife sitcom The Good Place for season 4, with four episodes of season 3 still left to hit the airwaves. If there's one thing for sure about prolific TV producer Michael Schur, it's that he knows how to craft a long-lasting sitcom. Schur created perhaps the most beloved comedy of the 2000s, The Office, in 2005, which lasted for nine seasons. He then created the nearly as treasured Parks and Recreation in 2009, which ran for seven seasons of its own. Schur also co-created FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine in 2013, which soon jumps to NBC for its sixth season after being rescued from cancellation.
Schur's most recent comedic creation is NBC's The Good Place, which has been regularly showing up on "best TV show of the year" lists since its 2016 premiere. Fiercely creative, The Good Place made viewers heads spin with its season 1 ending twist. Instead of being mistakenly sent to The Good Place, lead character Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) - along with her friends Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto) - were all actually trapped in The Bad Place, and were being tortured by Michael (Ted Danson), a demon they thought to be their heavenly guide.
Season 2 escalated the stakes nicely, even managing to transform Michael into a good guy out to help his former torture subjects reach the actual Good Place. In order to achieve that goal, the currently airing season 3 sent Eleanor's group back to Earth, allowing them to relive their lives in a more heaven-worthy fashion. Of course, things took another left turn, casting doubt on whether The Good Place is even what they thought. Thankfully, fans will get to learn even more about the Good and Bad Places next fall. NBC has just renewed the series for season 4, as confirmed by TV Line.
One thing NBC hasn't confirmed is how many episodes season 4 of The Good Place will consist of, although all prior seasons have run 13 episodes, making that the likely number of new installments Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, Jason, Michael, and the always helpful Janet (D'Arcy Carden) will participate in. Since season 3 isn't over yet, it's basically impossible to try and predict where Schur and his writing staff will take season 4.
Whatever ends up happening, one can bet that season 4 won't be the same Good Place fans experienced in seasons 1, 2, or 3, as Schur seems intent on reinventing how the show works with each new season. That approach is a far cry from that taken by most successful shows, which tend to fall back on formula and be afraid to mess with what's worked so far. It remains to be seen if The Good Place will last as long as Parks and Rec or The Office, but for now, everything is fine.
The Good Place seasons 3 airs Thursdays on NBC.
Source: TV Line