The Good PlaceThe Good Place is essentially a comedy about the afterlife, which sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, but it has been a surprising hit. The show is a Netflix Original, and as I write this season 1 is available in full and the second half of season two is being delivered week by week. Season 3 has already been commissioned and is likely to air in autumn this year.

In broad terms there is ‘The Good Place’, as you might conceptualise heaven and there is an opposite ‘The Bad Place’ (Hell). The series was created by Michael Schur, who you might recognise for other quirky programmes such as Parks and Recreation, The Office and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

One of the main characters is played by Ted Danson (Michael), who is the architect of The Good Place, generally speaking architects do not go on to live amongst the people once the initial introductions (post death) have been carried out – but Michael wants to experience what it is really like to be human, albeit learning from people that have passed over…

Kristen Bell plays Eleanor Shellstrop, in theory all people that arrive at The Good Place have led very fulfilling lives helping others, and so Eleanor quickly realises that they have the right name, but the wrong person and she should definitely not have been sent to The Good Place!

Each person that arrives at The Good Place is paired with a soulmate, in Eleanor’s case this is Chidi Anagonye played by William Jackson Harper, before passing away he was a philosophy professor specialising in ethics! Chidi quickly realises that Eleanor does not belong, but she convinces him to teach her to be a better person, and so the fun ensues…

The problem is that Eleanor finds it hard to shake off her selfish and immoral old ways, and every time she does something definitely not appropriate for The Good Place, bad things happen to the location from flying shrimp to sink-holes!

If you like comedies that are just a little bit zany, don’t mind a bit of moral to the story thing that American TV has as a requisite, then the sharp one-liners and charismatic cast in The Good Place is a great place to start…

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