Critic Consensus: Kristen Bell and Ted Danson knock it out of the park with supremely entertaining, charming performances in this absurd, clever and whimsical portrayal of the afterlife.
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While most art creates the narrative that change is easy, The Good Place puts me far more in touch with the stark reality of life's complexities.
For TV lovers who have missed the Thursday nights the Peacock network built its legacy upon, few partnerships are more heavenly than this.
The brilliance of the twist was that it upended everything viewers thought they knew about the show while also making perfect sense.
TV world is a better place when Ted Danson has a regular (preferably comic) gig, and we're not talking about CSI. What a relief he has teamed up with Kristen Bell in this charming comedy about the afterlife.
The quirky comedy breaks the mold of most sit-coms in that it's serialized with each episode ending on a curious note, clearly meant to raise every viewer's desire to see the next installment - and it works.
Audience Reviews for The Good Place: Season 1
Kristen Bell and Ted Danson star in the heavenly comedy The Good Place. In Season 1 Eleanor Shellstrop dies and goes to the afterlife where she's welcomed to The Good Place, a planned community made up of people who led extraordinarily good lives; but little do they know she's not the "Eleanor" that they think she is, leading her to seek help from her assigned soulmate Chidi, an ethics professor, to help her learn to be good so that she won't be found out. The show does a pretty good job at establishing that it's its own thing; staying fairly secular so as not to offend any religious beliefs. And the comedy is rather broad, with a little bit of satire here and there. Kristen Bell is brilliantly cast as Eleanor and gives an excellent performance, and Ted Danson is especially good as the "architect" overseeing the Good Place. Plus, Adam Scott guest stars as a recurring character, and is hilarious. Incredibly funny, The Good Place is a fresh and exciting series that delivers a promising first season.
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