The Good Place (2016– )
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Newly-deceased Eleanor Shellstrop is sent to the Good Place but only by mistake; Eleanor is determined to become a better person in her afterlife with help from friends Chidi and Janet.

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Tahani Al-Jamil
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Jianyu Li
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Eleanor has just died and her spirit has arrived at its final resting place. In her first conversation with Michael, the spirit who designed the "neighborhood" which will be her home in the afterlife, he tells her some key pieces of information about the afterlife in general and where she has ended up, including that the concepts of heaven and hell are not exactly accurate, but rather that there is a bad place where most end up, while only a handful of who were the most selfless on earth end up in the good place, where she is. The good place is designed to provide total happiness for its residents, including a residence specifically designed for his or her likes, and being paired with another spirit who is truly a soul mate, that spirit for Eleanor being who was a Senegalese man named Chidi Anagonye. Another important spirit in the good place is Janet, a non-judgmental but ever knowing spirit who can appear at a moment's notice and will provide almost any information requested. After ... Written by Huggo

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19 September 2016 (USA)  »

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The first thing Eleanor sees in The Good Place is a large sign reading "Everything is Fine." This appears to be a reference to the tagine of the film Eraserhead: "In heaven everything is fine." See more »

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When the giant animals invade, Tahani being British would say Ladybird, not Ladybug. See more »

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Chidi Anagonye: Well, I've narrowed it down to two possibilities: yes and no.
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Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja
from "The Magic Flute" (uncredited)
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Pilot
19 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

Eleanor (Kirsten Bell) died in what was a bizarre shopping trolley accident and arrived in the afterlife at the good place, which is highly selective.

She meets Michael (Ted Danson) who explains the concept of 'the good place' to her and neighbourhood that will be her home. She meets her soulmate Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and she confesses to him that there has been a mistake.

Eleanor is not human rights lawyer who saved people from death row but sold shonky medicine to old people rather successfully.

From the first episode it looks like a fantasy based sitcom very much in the fashion of Bewitched or I dream of Jeannie but updated with some bad language which is censored because it is not allowed in the good place.

I think Danson and Bell sell the concept well, the production design is rather nice and I like the idea that all the religions got about 5% of it right.

I am not sure from the pilot that this could be a long running show with Eleanor trying to hold back that she does not belong in this place.


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