The Good Place Season 4 can’t come soon enough after Season 3’s major cliffhanger ending, but the return of everyone’s favorite network sitcom will also be bittersweet. Good Place showrunner recently announced (via The Hollywood Reporter) that the show will end after Season 4, which is expected to air this fall.
While you wait for the fourth (and now, final) season of The Good Place, here’s everything we know so far about Season 4, from potential release dates to the plot and episodes.
Is The Good Place Getting a Season 4?
Yes! The series was renewed in early December for a fourth season. In a statement (via TVLine), NBC co-presidents of scripted programming Tracey Pakosta and Lisa Katz shared their excitement for another season of the show.
“Congratulations to Mike Schur and an exceptional cast and crew, all of whom collaborate to create a thoughtful, mind-bending and hysterical series unlike anything else on television,” they said. “We can’t wait to see what unexpected stories the new season will bring.”
Sadly, Season 4 will mark the end of The Good Place. Here’s the full statement from Schur about why the chose to end the series:
“After season one ended and aired and it seemed like the show was going to survive the gauntlet of being a TV show in the modern era, I was like, “Well, this show isn’t a typical show where the goal is to do it as long as we can and as many episodes as we can.” It was never designed that way — we do 13 episodes per year from the beginning. I knew I needed to map this out in the same way that I mapped out the first season, I needed to map out the whole show. I didn’t feel like it needed to be definitive but I needed to have a sense of how long I thought the idea could sustain itself. I came to the conclusion pretty quickly that it was four seasons. There were times early on where I felt like maybe five and maybe it’s three. (Laughs.) Once I settled on four seasons, I didn’t tell anyone — except the writers. I didn’t tell the studio or network because I wanted to make sure that I was right and I wanted to leave open the possibility that as we as a team developed the show, I wanted to allow the possibility that something could change and there was more I wanted to do. But it was pretty much always four from early on as a general map. We spent all of season three checking in and making sure that we were pacing things correctly and there was going to be enough time to do what we wanted but not too much time so that we were running in place. Toward the end of us shooting season three, I told the studio and then we told the network soon after that. It was completely dictated by the idea and how much juice I thought the idea contained and the pace at which we were letting story unfold and stuff like that. The nice thing about TV shows nowadays is it’s not a forced marathon. You can let the idea dictate the number of episodes that you actually do, which is great for creativity.”
He also hinted that despite the fact that The Good Place will end with Season 4, you can expect at least one more big surprise from the show before then.
What’s the Release Date for The Good Place Season 4?
We don’t have a set date yet, but if history is any indication you can expect Season 4 to premiere in late September 2019. Season 1 debuted on September 19, 2016, followed by Season 2 on September 20, 2017. Season 3 arrived on September 27, 2019.
At this point, The Good Place is a major show for NBC, meaning it’s sure to retain its coveted Thursday night slot. So in 2019, we’ll probably see Season 4 debut on either September 19 or 26.
Yes, we know, that’s far too long to wait for more Good Place.
Is There a Trailer for The Good Place Season 4
Not yet, and it could be a while. The first official trailer for Season 3 didn’t arrive until early September, not long before the first episode aired. Then again, NBC did air the season’s first two minutes at San Diego Comic-Con in August 2018, so if you’re at the convention this summer you may get a sneak peek at Season 4.
How Many Episodes Will There Be In The Good Place Season 4?
We don’t know for sure, but every season so far has featured 13 episodes. So that’s probably what we can expect from Season 4.
When Will The Good Place Season 4 Release on Netflix?
Typically, each season of the show hits Netflix as the next one premieres on NBC. However, with Season 4 making the end, it’s unclear when those Good Place episodes could arrive on the streaming service. Combine that with plans for a competing Comcast streaming platform that would include NBC shows and it’s not looking great, though we wouldn’t rule out a fall 2020 Netflix drop just yet.
What’s the Plot of The Good Place Season 4?
Season 3 ended with a pretty big cliffhanger. After striking a deal to recreate the initial experiment that kicked off the story, Michael and the gang set out to build a new neighborhood. Unfortunately, Bad Place demon Sean got to pick the new subjects, and he chose four people who were sure to bother our main characters.
That included a blogger who used to spread gossip about Tahani, and worse, Chidi’s ex-girlfriend Simone. In the end, both Simone and Chidi have their memories erased in an attempt to keep this experiment pure. That’s bad news for everyone but most of all Eleanor, who’s happily in love with Chidi.
That’s where Season 3 left us, so The Good Place Season 4 will presumably reveal how this new experiment plays out, though you can expect the plot to race off in unexpected new directions pretty quickly. We’ll also see Eleanor continue to deal with losing Chidi, along with how the looming love triangle between Janet, Jason, and Derek plays out.
Oh, and hopefully The Good Place Season 4 will also confirm my theory that Cheers is actually set in heaven after all the main characters make it into the actual Good Place on the show.
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