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Please Like Me planned for a finale, but wait….

If you were watching Please Like Me‘s 4th season finale last night, you may well be wondering: was that the last-ever episode?

As regular viewers know, the Josh Thomas comedy has seen some major storylines resolve past the point of no return.

The fourth season was itself a minor miracle of production given the show has never been a bit ratings drawcard. But it has consistently drawn critical acclaim, both here and in the US where it screened on youth-skewing cable channel Pivot. And its young audience also flocked to it on iview, where it has been one of the platform’s biggest hits. With ABC’s desire to beef up Diversity, its primary channel audience averaging 66, and especially for what it said about mental health, Please Like Me represents many positives in the ABC Charter.

Producers acknowledge that being a big deal on a small channel such as Pivot arguably gave the show more cut-through in the US than being one of a multitude on a much bigger platform. The channel loved the Thomas comedy so much they even had a representative on set for shoots in Melbourne.

But with Pivot closing down it changes the prospects of more. Season 4 will premiere early in the new year on Hulu in the US (they’re already streaming 1-3) and also been fast-tracked for streaming on Amazon Prime in the UK & Ireland a day after screening here. Seasons 1-3 have also just launched in over 80 territories on Netflix, with season 4 to follow in the new year.

Producers say the reaction coming from around the world, particularly to last week’s episode surrounding Rose (Debra Lawrence), has “blown us away.”

 So where to from here?

Executive producer Todd Abbott tells TV Tonight, “We made this season with the idea in the back of our minds that it may be the last one. So we wanted to make sure that if it was the last one, it had an ending that would feel really satisfying to fans.

“Having said that, we haven’t closed the door on doing another season down the track.”

The way storylines have wrapped up, any fifth season would inevitably embark on a whole new chapter in the life of its central character, were it to proceed. Structurally the landscape has also changed.

Ultimately it may be wiser to bow out leaving its audience wanting more, but that’s something for its young creator, who has amply demonstrated he can surprise, to decide.

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