The Good Place Series Review

Is This Where We Go When We Die?


The Good Place premiered on September 19, 2016, and ran for four seasons on NBC. It stars Ted Danson (Michael), Kristen Bell (Eleanor Shellstrop), William Jackson (Chidi Anagonye), Jameela Jamil(Tahani Al-Jamil), D'Arcy Carden (Janet), and Manny Jacinto (Jianyu/Jason Mendoza). The Good Place was created and directed by none other than Michael Schur, a juggernaut of comedic writing also writing for The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Saturday Night Live. The series was filmed at Universal Studios and the Huntington Library in California by filming companies Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Universal Television. The Good Place was also nominated for 13 Emmys and 2 Golden Globes.

The Good Place by Michael Schur
Eleanor and Chidi in the Good Place. Image Credit: Netflix

Plot

When good people die, they arrive in a small town called The Good Place. Michael (Danson) is the architect and oversees the town and its residents. Recently deceased Eleanor Shellstrop (Bell), arrives in The Good Place, but there has been a huge mix-up. They have her name right, but the life she lived to grant her entry into paradise has been mismatched. Leading her to realize, she is not supposed to be there. Eleanor finally meets her soulmate Chidi (Harper) and he reluctantly agrees to help her earn the right to reside in The Good Place by teaching her how to be a good person through ethics and morality lessons. She soon befriends Tahani (Al-Jamil) and her Buddhist monk soulmate, Jianyu (Jacinto).

The Good Place Series Review
The Good Place Crew. Image Credit: Netflix

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Analysis

When "The Good Place" starts, it is known that Eleanor (Bell) is dead. She takes this news pretty well, which may indicate an underlying problem within herself. She accepts the fact she is in the afterlife of what may be presumed "heaven". Knowing her true self gave her some sort of relief that she ended up in The Good Place and not the opposite. Eleanor's inner struggle, however, creates problems in The Good Place because she did not rightfully