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Show creator, writer, director and star Josh Thomas took to his Twitter page to let fans know that the show's current season would be its last. Thomas was clear about the fact that Please Like Me wasn't canceled, but that he and the other producers of the show made the decision because "we are really happy with what we've made and we feel like it is complete." Thomas then went on in the note he posted to Twitter to thank everyone who watched the show, as well as the cast, crew and his parents for all the help and support he received while making the show.
Please Like Me is an Australian comedy drama that follows a young man as he comes out to his friends and family after realizing that he's gay, and begins to navigate a new world of romantic relationships after previously only having girlfriends. Josh's story is joined by those of his divorced mother and father, Rose and Alan, his best friend and roommate Tom, Josh's ex-girlfriend Claire and their various friends and new romantic partners.
The series, which started in 2013, began with Josh realizing that he was gay and his mother attempting suicide by overdosing on pills. Please Like Me never shied away from serious topics, even as the show tried to deal with issues like depression, suicide, divorce and infidelity with a sense of humor and honestly. Many of the themes, and even specific situations, in the show come directly from Josh Thomas' personal life, which helped make the series an intriguing mix of funny, sad, embarrassing and weird moments that were always a pleasure to watch. Following Josh and his family and friends felt a lot like dealing with people in real life, which helped make Please Like Me, well, likable.
Thomas' show also managed to push boundaries in its portrayal of gay characters while still staying sweet and having plenty of heart. Critics have praised the show for its natural performances, writing and ability to deal with tough issues in a realistic but gentle manner. One character, for instance, hates herself so much that she actually goes through periods where she beats herself with a rock she keeps in her room. And, while watching this happen is certainly difficult, the show somehow manages to not get dragged down to a place where that situation is so sad that it depresses the viewer.