The Good Place (2016– )
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Eleanor tries to prove to Chidi that she's worthy of his help; Tahani and Jianyu try to help Michael cope with a mysterious flaw in his neighborhood.


Michael McDonald


Michael Schur (created by), Alan Yang

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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
Manny Jacinto ... Jianyu Li
Ted Danson ... Michael
Amy Okuda ... Jessica
Susan Park ... Pevita
Allyn Rachel ... Betsy
Steve Berg ... Gunnar
Jorge Diaz ... Antonio
Adam Huber ... Kirk


On the revelation that Eleanor probably ended up in the good place by mistake, Chidi has not yet decided if he will help her become good so that she can stay. It is especially important to her after she gets just a small glimpse of what the alternative of the bad place is like. Eleanor also believes that the situation can't be as black and white as it appears on the surface if someone like overly chatty and vain Tahani could have made it into the good place. What Chidi decides to do may be affected by what Eleanor chooses with regard to helping Tahani and Jianyu clean up after the "mini-apocalypse" - which probably occurred because of Eleanor's presence in the good place - or going to the flying lesson, which all new arrivals at the good place are taught to do. Meanwhile, Michael is slowly having a meltdown in trying to figure out what he did wrong in creating the neighborhood, unaware that all the problems that have happened are because of Eleanor's presence. And Tahani herself is ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

19 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Tahani (Jameela Jamil) says she is the goddaughter of Princess Diana. Later she says she's the goddaughter of Maggie Smith. See more »


[first lines]
Eleanor Shellstrop: I, uh, I don't know what to do here. This is a mess, morally speaking. This is a putrid, disgusting bowl of ethical soup.
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References The Real Housewives of Atlanta (2008) See more »

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loophole that i created..
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 more clear and literal way of explaining the semantics which is better commercially for sure, but it also feels like their world is one-dimensional and shallow than you'd anticipate. Plus, that dog bit was definitely funny.

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