Quote from The Good Place by Chidi Anagonye: “Principles aren’t principles when you pick and choose when you’re gonna follow them.”
Creator: Michael Schur
Producers: Michael Schur, David Miner, Morgan Sackett, Drew Goddard, David Hyman, Joe Mande, and Megan Amram
Directors and Writers: Many
Major Cast: Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop, William Jackson Harper as Chidi Anagonye, Jameela Jamil as Tahani Al-Jamil, Manny Jacinto as Jason Mendoza, Ted Danson as Michael, and D’Arcy Carden as Janet
Episodes: 13 in Season 1 and 12 in Season 2 and 3
Episode Length: 22 minutes
Created by Michael Schur and produced by Fremulon, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Universal Television, The Good Place first aired in 2016 on NBC. I recently watched all three seasons and while I wasn’t sure of it in the beginning, I now 100% recommend this show to anyone who likes Ted Danson and comedy. The premise is about four people who have died and live together in an after world with way too many frozen yogurt establishments unless you love frozen yogurt. The main cast who have died are Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto). In addition to the foursome, there is Michael (Ted Danson) who created this Good Place and his loyal sidekick Janet (D’Arcy Carden). They are never far away and give their expertise and knowledge. There’s a lot of laughs throughout the seasons as everyone in the first tries to deal with the fact they are dead and how to cope with it. They each have soul mates and continue to “live” as normal as possible for dead people in season two despite major revelations. I didn’t think they could top the first two seasons, but season three manages to do that by going deeper yet. It takes something engaging to keep my attention when it comes to comedy, and this definitely did in all respects of story, characters, concept, and production design. The show has been renewed for a fourth season, which isn’t surprising. Go watch it.