A lot of TV shows try and stick around for as long as possible. You can probably think of several sitcoms that seemed to go on forever and ever, even when they seemed to run out of ideas. It was a business proposition in the time, because of syndication rights and reruns and what have you. This is not always great for the modern viewer who wants the chance to binge a show. Frasier is awesome, and it’s on Netflix, but it’s also got over 200 episodes for you to plow through. It’s worth it, but it is a commitment. And yes, some of the episodes late in the show’s run feel strained. This is all to say that when Mike Schur, creator of NBC’s The Good Place, declared that the fourth season would be its last, it was noteworthy.
For a sitcom, The Good Place will end up with a fairly short run for a critically-acclaimed show with a devoted fan base. Not only will they end up only doing four seasons, but every season will end up being only 13 episodes. This is with intent, though, because The Good Place is not your typical sitcom. It has a lot more on its mind, and it has one of the more intricate plots of any network comedy you will ever see. However, it’s serialized nature, and not-so-ominous episode total, makes it a great binge watch.