The Good Place (2016– )
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Leap to Faith 

Michael gets a surprise visitor; Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason try to solve a riddle.

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Linda Mendoza

Writers:

Michael Schur (created by), Christopher Encell | 4 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Kristen Bell ... Eleanor Shellstrop
William Jackson Harper ... Chidi Anagonye
Jameela Jamil ... Tahani Al-Jamil
D'Arcy Carden ... Janet / Bad Janet
Manny Jacinto ... Jason Mendoza
Ted Danson ... Michael
Marc Evan Jackson ... Shawn
Tiya Sircar ... Vicky
Jason Mantzoukas ... Derek Hofstetler
Maribeth Monroe ... Mindy St. Claire
Steve Berg ... Gunnar
Amy Okuda ... Gayle
Joe Mande ... Toddrick Hemple
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Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason learn straight from the horse's mouth that Michael has been lying to them all the time he has pretended to be working in an alliance with them. Based on the work, Shawn has promoted Michael to his dream job, Shawn still believing that they are on iteration number two. The one potential problem for Michael is Vicky, who is still working on her own self interest and would willingly tell Shawn that there have been several hundred iterations if it would serve her purpose. With these turn of events, Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason have to decide what to do to prevent Shawn from sending them into traditional physical torture now that the experiment i.e. the neighborhood will be shut down. Whatever they decide, they will be without Janet's help, she who Shawn has temporarily neutralized. One option is to throw Michael under the bus in the hope that Shawn will be lenient with them in return. However, Eleanor believes, based largely on a previous conversation ... Written by Huggo

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TV-PG
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NBC Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Marc Evan Jackson (Shawn) and Jason Mantzoukas (Derek) have both worked on Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013) as Kevin Cozner and Adrian Pimento respectively. Michael Schur created both Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place. See more »

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Tahani Al-Jamil: That roast was the meanest thing I've ever seen, and I once saw a waiter bring Russell Crowe the wrong tea.
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References Argo (2012) See more »

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She Hates Me
Written by Wes Scantlin and Jimmy Allen
Performed by Puddle of Mudd
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i am jubilant..
15 June 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Good Place

Michael Schur, the creator, of this PG-13 hellish facade, has a similar concept to those yogurt shops that his world is surrounded by, a bit questionable and a whole lot of fun. The bumpy ride of this train has had its ups and downs, but its potential always outweighs the inadequacies with a soothing mellow tone. The writing is not consistently of A grade quality. Especially, when it has to stroll its viewers for few laughs or tears. The storytelling, that is, the arc or the trajectory of these characters that they are following so hastily is clearly impressive. And the credit goes to the creator whose vision has always stood by him.

Despite the precarious detours, cliched emotional conflicts and seen-this-seen-that flips and turns, the storytelling is thoroughly engaging and catchy. So what is it that makes this under-funded (looking at the production set pieces and visual effects) cheesy teaching-to-the-choir philosophy lectures entertaining? It is the bold decisions that those same writers keeps making. Bold as in, not that they aren't aware of where this might go but it certainly is jaw-dropping, but bold as in, they are challenging themselves immensely.

While as far as the locations are concerned, all they have done smartly is kept the options finite and boundaries shorter in order to break them further as they advance in the series. The challenge is to actually weave out a profound piece of ethical note from the day-to-day conflicts of these characters. Which is how they usually showcase the human-ness of them, no matter how spooky the situation is, or whether they are at The Good Place or the bad place, they would always fight for better sprinkles in their yogurts.

Leap To Faith

This is more "meh" than "awe" gasping as it was anticipated by the writers either pitching it enthusiastically or writing with a giggly face. Neither the plan nor the execution isn't juicy enough to draw out a nod from us, it is all seen-this-seen-that.


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