We got an early Christmas present last year when NBC announced that it was extending its stay in The Good Place for another season.
The season 4 pickup came with just four episodes left in season three, and that early renewal gave creator Michael Schur plenty of time to chart a new direction for a series known for major plot-altering twists.
The series has delivered a ratings success for NBC as its highest-rated comedy. According to Deadline, season 3 averaged around 4.6 million viewers in Live+7 ratings, and performed well in digital and time-adjusted viewership.
We’ll be updating you here with all the season 4 news that’s fit to print, so feel free to check back for all the major updates you need, including story info, cast additions, streaming release dates and all the trailers!
The Good Place season 4 behind the scenes
TVLine confirms that star Kristen Bell will direct an instalment of season 4, and that there are set to be 13 episodes in this season.
The cast met up for their first season 4 table read a couple of months back. Here’s the proof, because it’s always great to see this gang back together. Ted Danson looks spiffing, as always…
The Good Place season 4 plot
The writing team are going through a third existential crisis of their own as they try and work out how to reboot the show, after a twist in the season 3 finale that left many viewers ugly crying at their TV.
As we’re presuming you already know if you’re reading this, the gang eventually decided to go with Chidi’s heartbreaking plan to wipe his memories at the end of season 3 to make it easier for them to prove to the Judge that humans can change for the better, after the Bad Place sent in his old girlfriend to mess with his ongoing anxieties. The memory wipe left Chidi with no recollection of falling in love with Eleanor, and finally finding happiness in the afterlife.
“We just started [working on season 4] and we’re panicking — white-hot panic” Schur told TVLine when chatting about season 3’s final twist. “The first two weeks of every year — except for season 1 — have been all of the writers staring blankly at each other and then quietly getting in our cars and driving home.”
Schur teased that season 4 will have more in common with season 1 than ever, but that Chidi’s wiped memory will probably lead to “different power dynamics” before adding that “the idea is always to change everything and somehow still do the same show that people have been watching. So hopefully, that’s what happens.”
He also confirmed that the The Bad Place will be sending another saboteur along to try and ruin Eleanor’s plans, as they didn’t know Chidi would be rebooted.
The Good Place season 4 cast
The Good Place will once again star Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, and Manny Jacinto in season 4. The show received two Emmy nominations in 2018: Danson for Outstanding Supporting Actor and Maya Rudolph for Outstanding Guest Role.
The Good Place season 4 release date
We can expect new episodes of The Good Place to start arriving on Netflix UK at the back end of 2019, but we don’t have an exact date for you yet. We will let you know as soon as we can!