Gwyneth Paltrows pseudoscience Goop series renewed on Netflix

Enlarge / Promotional image of Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow emerging from a stylized depiction of the female genital anatomy.Netflix

Gwyneth Paltrow—actor, pseudoscience-peddler, empowerer of women, and person who recently learned what a vagina is—will return to Netflix with a second season of The Goop Lab.

The six-episode docuseries of Paltrows wellness and “contextual commerce” empire, Goop, has been renewed, according to an exclusive report by Variety.

The first season, which oozed onto the streaming platform in late January of this year, followed Paltrow and her exploited Goopers as they aimlessly took to the high seas of junk science and marinated in snake oil spas. Individual episodes explored important topics such as the bright side of hypothermia, the powers of a magician who can massage your aura with moves he learned watching The Karate Kid, Goopers tripping on mushrooms for pretty much no reason at all, the benefits of a $50 salmon fillet, and how to be a fortune-teller in case you need a back-up career in the circus.

  • This is the exact moment in The Goop Lab's third episode in which Gwyneth Paltrow admits she doesn't know the difference between a vagina and a vulva. She's making a hand gesture to say what she thought the "vagina" was. Netflix
  • Sex educator Betty Dodson, seen here asking Goop to show more than one vulva in its episode about women's sexual health. (The episode shows nine vulvas in all, if you're counting.) Netflix
  • That "no lifeguards" sign on the left should probably apply to most moments in The Goop Lab. Netflix
  • This chiropractor cites "amazing research in the realm of quantum physics" as proof that his "energy working" methods are valid. Netflix
  • Paltrow and Loehnen sit in Goop's headquarters for an interview. Netflix
  • This woman isn't crying because she's on The Goop Lab. Instead, the tears are apparently coming on because she took a dose of psilocybin as part of a "therapy retreat" in Jamaica. Netflix
  • Another gooper on mushrooms.
  • Loehnen's salmon dinner costing nearly $50. Netflix
  • Day one of Paltrow's "fast-mimicking" diet. The scientific community would probably agree in defining this face as "a look." Netflix
  • A skeptical Gooper gets energy directed at her from her colleagues.
  • Goopers go to a workshop with Jackson to learn how to be a psychic. Netflix

The bright spot of the season, by far, was an episode that featured the work of feminist sex educator Betty Dodson. Not only is Dodson a knowledgeable and respected expert in her field and a worthy person to amplify, the episode featured an exchange between her and Paltrow in which it became painfully clear that Paltrow does not have a firm grasp of the female anatomy. She literally did not know what a vagina is.

Goopy past

Of course, none of this is surprising to those familiar with Goop. Prior to its Netflix debut, the company was perhaps best known for selling—and making allegedly illegal health claims about—a jade egg intended to be shoved up womens vaginas. (Although, based on the episode with Dodson, who knows where Paltrow was actually putting it.)

Another item on the mind-blowing lineup of Goop products is a device to spurt hot coffee up your keister. The $135 enema device is called—I kid you not—the Implant ORama. There are also water bottles with giant crystals inside to infuse your beverage with “positive energy,” bags of “magically charged” stones, and “energy healing” body stickers falsely claimed to be made of “NASA space suit material.” Goop also sold $90 vitamins and a $350 rose gold crazy drink straw. It endorsed being repeatedly stung by bees, which can be deadly.

  • The Implant O'Rama. Implant O'Rama
  • Goop stickers that heal your energy. Goop
  • An $84 water bottle to infuse your water with "positive energy" from a crystal. Goop
  • An $85 "Shaman Medicine Bag" with "magically charged stones." Goop
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