The Good Place (2016– )
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A Fractured Inheritance 

Eleanor makes a startling discovery that tests her resolve, Tahani looks to make amends and Janet does some bonding.

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Michael Schur (created by), Kassia Miller | 5 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kristen Bell ... Eleanor Shellstrop
William Jackson Harper ... Chidi Anagonye
Jameela Jamil ... Tahani Al-Jamil
D'Arcy Carden ... Janet
Manny Jacinto ... Jason Mendoza
Ted Danson ... Michael
Rebecca Hazlewood ... Kamilah Al-Jamil
Leslie Grossman ... Donna Shellstrop
Andrew Daly ... Dave Katterttrune
Anna Khaja ... Manisha Al-Jamil
Ajay Mehta ... Waqas Al-Jamil
Stella Edwards ... Patricia Katterttrune
Peter Katona ... Jozsef Müvészember
Janet Song ... Peaches McPlum
GraceAnne Pullappally ... Young Tahani
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Tahani and Eleanor are on their next respective missions to help arguably the person they dislike the most in the world get into the Good Place. Tahani, with Chidi, Jason and Janet by her side, are in Budapest to make amends with Kamilah, who is getting raves for her latest art installation and museum show. But as Tahani and Kamilah have been competitors against each other for the better part of their lives, Kamilah may not be as easy to make those amends as Tahani. Tahani may have to look deep into their history as well as look more closely at Kamilah's installation at the museum to push the right buttons with her sister. And Eleanor is in Nevada with Michael to see Eleanor's mother, Donna Shellstrop, who Eleanor has just learned is not dead as she thought and who has taken on Eleanor's fake name, Diane Tremayne, to evade any possible criminal charges for her previous life. Donna, as Diana, has reinvented herself as a stereotypical perfect suburban "wife" and "mom", the latter to who... Written by Huggo

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TV-14
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian

Release Date:

1 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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When Jameela Jamil visits her sister in Budapest at the Museum of Fine Arts two, supposedly Hungarian, people and William Jackson Harper speak a few sentences in Hungarian, but it is clear that they don't know Hungarian, because the stressing and the pronunciation is not correct. See more »

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Tahani Al-Jamil: There are plenty of other people I could help, like my good friend Ben Affleck and his crippling addiction to back tattoos, or my other good friend Matt Damon and his crippling addiction to my friend Ben Affleck.
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References The Usual Suspects (1995) See more »

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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.

A Fractured Inheritance

If the tone would have agreed to just solve the emotional conflict and focus on the only melodramatic aspect of the family. But the series resists and seeks to draw in the laughs with cheap shots, Manny Jacinto is literally their for dumb comments and nothing.


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