The Good Place is a binge-able, enjoyable watch

The Good Place is a show with a lot of heart and humor.

The Good Place is a show with a lot of heart and humor.

  NBC’s The Good Place just began airing their fourth and final season. This comedy explores the idea of the afterlife, a very abstract topic which no one on Earth has full knowledge of, while still making the viewers laugh, connect with the characters, and invest in the characters’ fates. The comedy stars Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Ted Danson, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, and D’Arcy Carden. It also includes guest stars in some episodes such as comedic genius, Maya Rudolph. The show began airing in 2016 and has been a hit ever since. It has since been included in many streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, so fans are able to enjoy the series on a multitude of platforms. Also, this brilliant comedy has gained a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. 

  The premise of the show circles around newly deceased Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell). Eleanor, during the course of her life, was not a very good person. She was crude, cared only about herself, and on many occasions harmed the environment and criticized those who cared about saving the environment. After having a poor reputation on Earth, she is shocked when she finds herself in an afterlife for those who did good in their time on Earth: “The Good Place”. Once she arrives at “The Good Place”, Michael (Ted Danson), a god-like figure, goes on to explain to Eleanor all the good things she had done in her life, and Eleanor plays along for the time being, but the viewer later learns that Eleanor did none of the things she was said to have done; Eleanor knows that there had been some kind of mistake. 

  Eleanor finds herself surrounded by people who had devoted their lives to making the world a better place. She meets Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper), who is explained to be her afterlife “soulmate”. On Earth, Chidi was a critically indecisive moral philosophy professor, who relied on facts and reason alone. Eleanor opens up to Chidi about the mistake she believes had been made, and he agrees to help her try to become a good person: he teaches her lessons on moral philosophy, being a do-gooder, and making choices that positively impact the world around her. 

  In efforts to preserve the major plot twist at the end of season one, I will simply say that things in this show are not at all what they seem. The writers for this show were very clever in their character and plot development. The characters all have many layers, and in each episode you find out more about them, making it easy for viewers to relate to at least one character. All of the characters bring a different type of humor to the show, so it is comedically pleasing to many different types of viewers. The plot was cleverly produced because it includes twists and turns to keep the viewers on the edge of their seats, while throwing in a wild-card once in a while to shock the viewers. 

  As this show begins airing its fourth and final season, I encourage you to watch the first three seasons, catch up to the current episodes, and join Eleanor Shellstrop on her journey in the wonderful sitcom. The first three seasons include thirteen half-hour episodes, making this a fairly short series, and quite easy to catch up on. The Good Place airs on NBC, Thursday nights at 9PM; don’t miss it!