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The Good Place

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Year - 2016-2018
Studio - Fremulon,3 Arts Entertainment,Universal Television
Stars - Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D'Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto, Ted Dansen
Director - Dean Holland, Morgan Sackett, Beth McCarthy Miller, other
Writing Credits - Michael Schur, Daniel Schofield, Andrew Law, Cord Jefferson, others
Music - David Schwartz

Synopsis

Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) finds herself in a strange, but picturesque village, not knowing how she arrived there. Michael, the architect who oversees the town, explains to her that she was killed and is now in “The Good Place” because of the exemplary life she lived. He tells her that her house there has been designed with her interests and tastes in mind. He further explains that her perfect “soul mate” will be there with her, Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper).

Eleanor meets another recent arrival, Tahani Al-Jamil (Jameela Jamil), an elegant, aristocratic woman. Her selected soul mate is Jianyu Li (Manny Jacinto), a young Buddhist monk who has taken a vow of silence.

Michael introduces the four to his assistant, Janet, an Artificial Intelligence humanoid who possesses all the knowledge of the Universe, and who can instantly provide virtually any needed resources.

The Good Place poster

Eleanor believes that it is a mistake that she has been sent to The Good Place, because she actually lived selfishly and dishonestly. When frightening events begin to occur in the village, she thinks it is because of her unearned presence. Her friends similarly lived less than perfect lives. Chidi achieved little because of chronic indecision; Tahani was always bitterly jealous of her sister’s accomplishments; Jianyu was actually Jason Mendoza, an amoral slacker.

The four become determined to prove to Michael that they don’t deserve to be banished to “The Bad Place”.

 

The Good Place is a television series on the NBC network, now in its third season. The series is a comedy, but it cleverly examines the question of what constitutes a "good" life as a prerequisite to spending eternity in a "good place".