+ Recommended – TV-PG, Comedy, Drama
I’d heard about The Good Place frequently in passing. I’d seen clips of episodes all over my Facebook and Tumblr feeds and had watched a fair amount of them before I finally committed to sitting down and watching the full first season on Netflix. Having already consumed a fair amount of content from the show, I thought I knew what I was getting into and what to expect, but this show is chock full of surprises.
The first season of The Good Place follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) as she is mistakenly admitted into this world’s version of heaven, or “The Good Place”. This particular neighborhood’s architect, Michael (Ted Danson) is shaking things up and is actively living with and interacting with the inhabitants of this section of heaven. He explains to Eleanor that the selection process is intense and it’s only humanity’s very best that make it in. As Eleanor tries to adapt her personality to fit in, she realizes that being a good person is really forkin’ hard.
With fantastic cast members like Jameela Jamil (Tahani Al-Jamil), Manny Jancito (Jason Mendoza/Jianyu Li), William Jackson Harper (Chidi Anagonye), and D’Arcy Carden (Janet/Bad Janet), The Good Place is set to have a fantastic run. The comedy is incredibly engaging and through witty writing (like there is no cursing in heaven, so we get alternates such as “forking” and “bull-shirt”) they’ve navigated their way to a TV-PG rating, making the show widely accessible. The commentary this show provides on what being a “good human” really means and how that follows you into the after-life makes every episode one of the best. As a big fan of Parks and Recreation, I was over the moon with Adam Scott’s cameo and I can’t wait to see who they pull in next.
After this season’s shocking ending, what do you think is coming next for The Good Place? Let us know in the comments below, and as always, tell us what show you want to see us review next!