After Life Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

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Netflix knows a hit when it has one. 

The streamer has handed out a second season order to Ricky Gervais' After Life. 

The series focuses on Tony Johnson (Gervais), a recent widower who struggles with his very existence following the death of his wife. 

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He decides that sticking around would be the best course of action after contemplating suicide. The reason for that is to say exactly what he's thinking and be as rude to whoever he wants for the rest of his life. 

Also, he has to look after the dog he shared with his late wife. 

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The first season launched on Netflix on March 8, spanning six half-hour episodes. The second season will again have six episodes. 

After Life received mixed to positive reviews from critics, with the freshman run currently standing at a 68% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

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"I have never had a reaction like this before. It’s been insane. And heartwarming,” Gervais said in a statement.

“But now I have to make sure the second season is even better so I’ll probably have to work much harder than usual. Annoying really.”

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Added Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, “After Life has moved audiences from laughter to tears around the world and we are thrilled to announce that Ricky Gervais will be back with a second season on Netflix."

"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.”

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Dame Penelope Wilton, David Bradley, Ashley Jensen, Tom Basden, Tony Way, David Earl, Joe Wilkinson, Kerry Godliman, Mandeep Dhillon, Jo Hartley, Roisin Conaty, and Diane Morgan also starred on the series. 

It's unclear who will be back in addition to Gervais for the sophomore run. 

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Netflix Quotes

Jonathan: I notice a little bit of dryness on your cheek.
Tom: That’s my Lupus.
Jonathan: Okay, let’s talk about that a little. One thing I know about Lupus is that it’s all about SPF. Like, we have to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays because sun actually can cause inflammation and flare ups for people with Lupus.
Tom: Right...
[Cut to Jonathan’s confessional]
Jonathan: How you take care of yourself is how the world sees you, and he’s not taking care of himself.

Bobby: We are about to pull in. What’s our mission today with Tom?
Jonathan: We’re gonna dust off these Christmas ghosts’ pasts of these relationships, we’re gonna sort out his closet, we’re gonna get him cuter, we’re gonna get him looking good, we’re gonna get the house fixed up. We’re ready! We cannot wait. Am I right?
All: Yes!