Netflix renewed Ricky Gervais’s dark comedy After Life for a second season. The little show that could, with only six half-hour episodes, was renewed by the streaming giant less than a month after the first season’s premiere. Gervais created and directed the series.
Gervais plays Tony, a man who had a perfect life until his wife dies of breast cancer. Now, he is on a mission to punish the world. After deciding to not go through with suicide, he decides instead to say and do whatever he likes. Instead of pushing people away as he intended, he actually ends up bringing people closer to him.
The series received many rave reviews from critics and seemed to receive even greater praise from audiences. On Rotten Tomatoes, Season One earned a 68% rating from critics and a 93% audience score. The outspoken comedian’s social media has been full of posts about the show since it debuted and he is clearly proud of his project. The British curmudgeon retweeted many fan comments and posted multiple times about how touched he is by fan reactions.
Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos remarked that “After Life has moved audiences from laughter to tears around the world…We are so proud to play host to Ricky’s brilliant stand up comedy, specials, original films, and series and join in the joy of the fans with his latest hit.”