Review: The Good Place (2016 -)

Can be found on: Netflix — Episode Length: 22mins — Cast: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto & D’Arcy Carden.

I stumbled across this little gem after something incredible happened: I signed into Netflix and actually picked the first thing I saw.

Starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, The Good Place follows the after-life of a recently deceased woman, Eleanor Shellstrop (Bell). Amidst a heaven-like utopia, the ‘Good Place’ is a realm of the afterlife designed by its in-house architect, Michael (Danson), to reward the righteous good guys from Earth with a quirky paradise (complete with frozen yoghurt!).

Eleanor, however, soon realises that she probably shouldn’t be there – on account of her morally imperfect behaviour and bad attitude (and that’s putting it lightly). Amusing flashbacks into her former life leave us wondering why we even like her at all but, thanks to Bell’s performance, we’re willing Eleanor from the outset to try and be a better person.

The Good Place seems like the ideal destination to move on to: each resident is guaranteed to live in their dream home, spending their afterlives doing as they please alongside their one-true soulmate. Sound to good to be true? Well…

The Good Place
The moral ranking system of life. Your final destination, The Good Place or The Bad Place?

Due to the arrival of Eleanor, however, The Good Place soon starts to show its flaws – from flying shrimps to giant sinkholes – it’s made quite clear that the presence of the morally ambiguous threatens the realm. Michael, unaware of his mistake, tries to hold his world together while keeping a winning smile on his face and, naturally, acting like nothing is wrong.

It’s important to note that The Good Place is created by Michael Schur – one of the masterminds behind Parks and Recreation (2009-2015) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-Present) and it’s safe to say that the aforementioned shows’ quirky humour also carries this Netflix Original. Having impressed its audiences, The Good Place is currently onto its second season, with a new episode every Friday.

I don’t know what it is, whether it’s the witty script or the unique characters, that makes the 22-minute long episodes so captivating, but I do know this, The Good Place is worth a watch.

Fancy something quirky and refreshing? Head on over to the afterlife (safely, via Netflix, of course)!

Thanks for reading!

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