Have you ever caught yourself thinking about what happens in the afterlife? I sure have, and also Michael Schur, the creator of NBC’s hysterical show The Good Place. Starring Ted Danson and Kristen Bell, you’re going to want to know what The Good Place is – Trust me on this one ( *wink*wink*).
Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up and realizes that she has died and moved on to The Good Place. She is greeted by Micheal (Ten Denson) who is the architect of the neighbourhood she was assigned to. Soon enough, she realized there is a mistake, and she should have been sent to The Bad Place instead. What is The Good Place you ask? To understand it, you should watch this next short clip taken from the show itself.
Eleanor meets Chidi (William Jackson Harper), an Ethics Professor, who is supposed to be her soulmate. She confides in him that she is not supposed to be there and he is faced with a moral dilema: does he tell the truth and lets her be sent to The Bad Place? or does he help her become a better person, but lies to Micheal about where she should really be? Eleanor and Chidi embark in ethics lessons in the hopes of her learning how to become a better person. Her first big challenge is her neighbor, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) a British philanthropist whose soulmate is Jianyu (Manny Jacinto), a Buddhist monk who is still keeping his vow of silence. They are all guided by Janet (D’Arcy Carden), who in simple words, is an omniscient database. They all soon realize that Eleanor’s presence in The Good Place causes some disturbances in the neighborhood.
When I first heard about the concept of the show, I was curious to see what it was all about. I wasn’t expecting much, to be honest; usually, shows about the afterlife tend to not agree with my personal beliefs as a Christian, so I don’t usually watch them. That said, when I heard that Ted Denson was one of the main characters of the show, I thought I had to give it a try – I’ve always been a big fan of his. So I did and was impressed with how well they managed to explain the afterlife without making me feel internally itchy. Not to mention that Kristen Bell is hilarious in the role of Eleanor. Moreover, the whole show is really well cast, I’m really enjoying everything about the show. Micheal Schurr is also the creator of some of my favorite shows as Parks and Rec and Brooklyn 99. It’s a clean type of humor that depends on good characters; by that, I mean characters that are genuinely good people. It’s a good change from the habitual bad words, sex and drugs type of humor. This is currently my go-to show when I need a quick dose of happy.
Have you already watched The Good Place? What did you think of it?