Thursday 20:30 on NBC
2 Seasons, 26 Episodes

Genre: Fantasy / Drama / Comedy

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Eleanor Shellstrop is an ordinary woman who, through an extraordinary string of events, enters the afterlife where she comes to realize that she hasn't been a very good person. With the help of her wise afterlife mentor, she's determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome (or at least the pretty good) person within.
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  • Derek

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    Derek

    This episode of The Good Place has it all: humor, romance, drama, and a Home Alone reference. What more could you ask?

    The Good Place Season 2 Episode 8 is the show at its finest. Not only does it feature a fantastic story for Janet and the boyfriend she created on The Good Place Season 2 Episode 7, but it also shows the growth of Jason and Tahani's relationship and heightens the romantic tension between Eleanor and Chidi.

    D'Arcy Carden continues to shine as Janet, and her additional screen time is a welcome addition to the show.

    The power she brought to pre-emotional Janet shouldn't be underestimated. Although she makes it look easy, it takes considerable comedic chops to play Janet in her usual form.

    The Janet we've seen recently, however, gives Carden even more with which to work. She nails it, from her screaming matches with Derek to her arrival in front of Jason and Tahani as depression personified.

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  • Janet and Michael

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    Janet and Michael

    The four humans of The Good Place make little more than cameos in tonight's episode, but Janet and Michael prove they are more than capable of carrying the episode on their own.

    The Good Place Season 2 Episode 7 is the best of the season so far, due in large part to D'Arcy Carden.

    There isn't a weak link in the cast of The Good Place, but D'Arcy Carden is quickly establishing herself as a breakout star in her role as Janet.

    Carden is brilliant. Because Janet isn't supposed to have feelings, Carden can't express Janet's depth in the traditional ways.

    Usually, the person playing the "straight man" is allowed to laugh along with a joke sometimes, but because Janet is a non-human database, Carden can't do that.

    Rather than taking this to the extreme and playing Janet with pure stoicism, she brings levity to the role. Her peppy voice in grave situations, as when she suggests that Michael kill her, adds depth and humor to eve...
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  • The Trolley Problem

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    The Trolley Problem

    The Good Place is on a roll this season, but unlike Chidi's trolley, nothing stands in the way of this show's momentum.

    The Good Place Season 2 Episode 6 is yet another fantastic episode, with a particularly excellent performance by William Jackson Harper as Chidi.

    Harper, always a delight in his role as Chidi, stands out in "The Trolley Problem." In his best performance yet, Harper portrays Chidi's agony in making an actual trolley problem decision flawlessly. 

    While always thoughtful, we don't usually see the emotional side of Chidi. Tonight, however, Harper highlights a range of emotions from Chidi. He's desperate and traumatized by the trolley problem, but he continues to participate since Michael claims it's helping him.

    We see Chidi at his angriest after realizing Michael is torturing him. Always forgiving, Chidi is back to teaching Michael by the end of the episode.

    Harper plays this rollercoaster of emotions bel...
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  • Existential Crisis

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    Existential Crisis

    Tonight's episode of The Good Place finally breaks the repetitive cycle of the beginning of the season. The Good Place Season 2 Episode 5 is the perfect mixture of hilarity, physical comedy, and ethical complexity that makes this one of the best comedies on television.

    Among the most exciting surprises of this episode, Michael's dalliance with humanity turns deep, and Tahani and Jason find a spark between them.

    "Existential Crisis" is Ted Danson's best episode of the series. He plays Michael's wide range of emotions with ease, from his descent into existential crisis, his high spirits during his midlife crisis, and finally back to his semi-normalcy.

    When Michael enters his existential crisis, his actions and emotions are exaggerated, but they never feel unrealistic; after all, he's a non-human who's never been confronted with the inevitability of death.

    Danson's physical comedy shines in this episode, particularly at the moment he...
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  • Team Cockroach

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    Team Cockroach

    While not its best, The Good Place Season 2 Episode 4 is still packed with the laughs and moral dilemmas that make this series irresistible.

    The Good Place at its worst is still better than most comedies on television. Although this wasn't my favorite episode, it provides necessary exposition to inform the season and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

    It featured more Tahani than we've seen in a while. She was the only human whose cause of death was not revealed during The Good Place Season 1, and her flashback does not disappoint.

    She went out in the most Tahani way possible: in a fit of rage after being upstaged and looked down upon by her sister yet again; she attempted to take down a large golden statue of Kamilah.

    Tahani was crushed under the enormity of her sister's achievements, both literally and figuratively.

    At the beginning of the series, I was not keen on Tahani. I couldn't stand her condescension and self-ri...
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  • Dance Dance Resolution

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    Dance Dance Resolution

    While The Good Place Season 2 Episode 3 is a solid expository episode, it isn't destined to become a fan favorite.

    Even with a few fantastic one-liners, the montages of failed Good Place attempts are exhausting to watch.

    You can only watch the same characters do essentially the same things so many times before it becomes tiresome, although I wouldn't mind watching full episodes of the attempts with Tahani and a golden retriever as Eleanor's soulmates.

    Despite all the repetition in the first act, it provides one of the funniest moments of the episode: Jason figuring out they're really in the Bad Place, breaking up the monotony of Eleanor cracking the code. Manny Jacinto (Jason) and Ted Danson (Michael) are both superb in this moment.

    Jason: Yo, yo! Homies, check it! There's something messed up with this place. We keep fighting with each other, none of the TVs get the NFL RedZone channel, my soulmate doesn't even kno...
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  • Review: Kristen Bell and Ted Danson Are Comedic Gold

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    Review: Kristen Bell and Ted Danson Are Comedic Gold The next project from successful showrunner Mike Schur (The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) is here, and it's not like anything you've seen before. In one of the more original new series of Fall 2016, The Good Place veers away from Schur's typical (and hugely successful) workplace comedies and tackles the afterlife. But can a show touch on a subject like this, find good ways to handle issues like religion and morality, and still manage to stay funny? Find out if The Good Place is worth visiting.

    What It's About

    The Good Place explores life after death, in the supposed afterlife for do-gooders of Earth. Not exactly called heaven, "The Good Place" is where the good people of Earth go to live out eternity. Getting here is determined by the architect, Ted Danson's Michael. He tallies up every good and bad thing you did during your time on Earth to see which one outweighs which. Kristen Bell's Eleanor S...
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