NBC’s quirky, metaphysical comedy “The Good Place” has been quite the rage ever since its terrific first season took the sitcom world by a storm. It was rightly advertised as a non-workplace sitcom with an unusually ambitious and rather strange premise. Kristen Bell, starring as Eleanor dies, finds herself in a non-denominational, morphed version of “traditional” heaven reserved for only those who led flawless, the most selfless and ethical lives. The comical premise is that she wasn’t a saintly person on earth and so ended up in the so-called “good place” by a mere mistake. The story develops as she avoids being sent to “the bad place,” hiding her authentic personality and improving herself in the afterlife.
All Good Things About “The Good Place”
Michael Schur’s creation is incredible yet straightforward television, creative right from its first season. It acts as a catalyst in redefining what all can come under the purview of a typical network “sitcom,” while also showcasing the capacity to evolve and bloom in brilliantly unexpected ways. The scope of The Good Place has widened exponentially throughout, but always in a careful, planned, calculated, and collected manner. Things that might’ve seemed inconsequential initially fell into place in the different seasons eventually. Ending after just the fourth season is sad, but it is also the right decision. Viewers can bid the show adieu and remember it as a comforting series that didn’t diminish itself by overstaying its welcome. The Good Place, hopefully, will continue to be a pristine work of comedy genius from start to finish, which is the rarest of things on TV.
Here are a few significant “forking” details for you to remember the show by and things you might’ve missed:
[SPOILERS] In The Good Place S04E08, Michael makes the argument that Phoebe from the show Friends would have made it into The Good Place. In S04E12, when the main cast finally arrives at The Good Place, they meet Hypatia of Alexandria, played by Lisa Kudrow, who also played Phoebe on Friends. from TVDetails
[SPOILER for The Good Place S04E04.] You can tell the secret about Janet by her thumb placement. Good Janet always has her right thumb in her left hand. For Bad Janet it is left thumb in right hand. from TVDetails
While they’re playing out the Trolley Problem (S02:E05) they zoom by a theater showing "Strangers Under a Train" and "Bend It Like Bentham." Jeremy Bentham is considered to be the father of modern utilitarianism, the philosophy Chidi had just been discussing. from TheGoodPlace
In The Good Place (S3E11) Michael describes Douglass Lerpiss buying a tomato at Food and Stuff, a reference to Ron Swanson’s favorite store in Parks and Rec, another Michael Schur show. from TVDetails
Small detail I noticed: In season 1, Michael jokingly states that Eleanor’s biggest fault was that she couldn’t find a hairstyle that framed her face perfectly…by the end, she changes her hairstyle to a center part. from TheGoodPlace
What are some of the details that blew your mind??
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