The Afterlife Goes on as ‘The Good Place’ is Renewed for Season 2

Ted Danson, Kristen Bell
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The news isn’t all bad today: NBC has announced that it has renewed The Good Place for a full 13-episode second season!

While it hasn’t exactly been a ratings smash, the fledgling series from Parks and Recreation creator Mike Schur has consistently gotten top marks from critics. And the season finale’s unexpected twist ending has since gained the show even more acclaim—not to mention buzz.

Spoilers ahead!

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Initially positioned as a fish-out-of-water screwball comedy, The Good Place follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), a bad person who thinks she has ended up in a heavenly afterlife run by the bumbling but seemingly benevolent Michael (Ted Danson). But in the January 19 finale we learned that what Eleanor and company thought was the Good Place was actually the Bad Place, where she and her new friends are meant to torture themselves and each other with their own shortcomings and anxieties for all eternity. At the end of the episode, Michael wipes their memories and reboots the whole experiment in existential torment.

Season 2 will presumably focus on Eleanor’s efforts to find her friends and free herself from the hellscape of clown paintings and frozen yogurt shops they are all forced to suffer.