While futuristic, post-apocalyptic, and sci-fi shows are always fun, there’s just something fun about series that are set in the past—the look back into history, the period clothing, and the chance to see a story that may have otherwise been lost in time—that makes for a great viewing experience. Streamers like Apple TV+ have also definitely shown that they love a good period piece, and they have a number of series that are set in the past from Dickinson and The Buccaneers to the upcoming Kristen Wiig-led comedy Palm Royale. Lessons in Chemistry is the most recent series to come out of the media giant, and it’s earned rave reviews.
Based on the book of the same name, Lessons in Chemistry tells the story of Elizabeth Zott, a chemist and single mother in the 1960s who unexpectedly becomes the host of a cooking and science show for housewives, and she uses her show to teach about chemistry, cooking, and lessons about life and self-worth. Brie Larson stars as Elizabeth, and the cast is rounded out with Lewis Pullman, Aja Naomi King, and Stephanie Koenig.
The show was billed as a miniseries, and even though its 8-episode run has come to an end, the engaging storylines and stellar cast has many wondering if it’s possible to see Larson take another turn as Elizabeth in a new season. Here’s what we know about the chances for a second season of Lessons in Chemistry, including what the author herself thinks about a sequel.
Will there be a Lessons in Chemistry season 2?
As of right now, there are no concrete plans for a second season of Lessons in Chemistry. But while that may be disheartening, there also hasn’t been a “no” to a second season from the team behind the show.
Earlier this month, showrunner Lee Eisenberg told TODAY.com that he was open to another season. “It’s so heartening to hear that people like the show enough that they want to tune back in and see where these characters go,” said Eisenberg. “And if we have the right story, we’d love to explore it.”
However, executive producer Sarah Adina Smith also told the outlet that she liked the fact that the show was a miniseries. “I love limited series as a format because you have a beginning, middle and end, and you’re not expanding things for the sake of expanding it,” Smith explained. Bonnie Garmus, author of the novel, also said that she has no plans for writing a sequel to the book anytime soon, but she did note that a new novel based on Elizabeth’s could be on the way in the future.
“People keep asking me if I’m going to write a sequel and right now the answer is no because I started on this other story that I really like and I really feel like those characters are like ‘Me! Me! Me! Me!’ Characters are really demanding,” Garmus revealed to The Los Angeles Times. “But I do think maybe down the road, I would tell a little bit more of what happens to her and what happens to Mad because it’s not like when it ends in the book, everything’s fixed now.”
Temi Adebowale was previously an Editorial Assistant at Men’s Health, covering shows like Survivor, Peaky Blinders, and Tiger King. Prior to her entertainment work at MH, she was Newsroom Fellow, writing news stories across Hearst Digital Media’s brands. Temi likes Rihanna, the StairMaster, and tacos.