The Good Place (2016– )
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Chidi Sees the Time-Knife 

Eleanor and the gang meet the judge at the crossroads of all dimensions, time and space to plead their case and Janet makes a reconnection.


Jude Weng


Michael Schur (created by), Christopher Encell | 6 more credits »





Episode complete credited cast:
Kristen Bell ... Eleanor Shellstrop
William Jackson Harper ... Chidi Anagonye
Jameela Jamil ... Tahani Al-Jamil
D'Arcy Carden ... Janet
Manny Jacinto ... Jason Mendoza
Ted Danson ... Michael / Vicky
Maya Rudolph ... Judge
Marc Evan Jackson ... Shawn
Jason Mantzoukas ... Derek Hofstetler
Maribeth Monroe ... Mindy St. Claire
Brandon Scott Jones ... John Wheaton
Aasia Bullock Aasia Bullock ... Daphne


Michael has convinced the Judge to meet them all at the IHOP - Inter-dimensional Hole of Pancakes, arguably the most dangerous place in the afterlife, but a place where the Judge's powers are reduced - so that Michael can make the case that it is impossible in today's human life for anyone to make it into the Good Place using the points system if only because humans can never know all the bad consequences of the fundamentally good decisions they can make. It may take some convincing for the Judge to do anything about it, but after a visit to Earth, she does make a proposal to test Michael's hypothesis, it which has a sense of déjà vu especially for Michael in more ways than one. Meanwhile, Jason makes a proposal of his own to Janet, which could be unconsciously affected by what the Judge has decided for the group as a collective to do. Written by Huggo

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17 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When explaining the problem with the points system to the judge, the file Micheal chose was for a man in Snerling, Indiana and the tomato was purchased at "Food and Stuff". This is a direct reference to another Michael Schur project, Parks & Recreation. See more »


Michael: Life now is so complicated, it's impossible for anyone to be good enough for the Good Place. I know you don't like to learn too much about life on Earth to remain impartial, but these days just buying a tomato at a grocery store means that you are unwittingly supporting toxic pesticides, exploiting labor, contributing to global warming. Humans think that they're making one choice, but they're actually making dozens of choices they don't even know they're making.
Judge: Your big revelation is life is ...
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References Entourage (2015) See more »

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a throw pillow..
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.

Chidi Sees The Time-Knife

The request is set in motion and the plan ready to be executed, but this is what I love about the series, when it comes to corner our characters with plethora of issue piled over them which has to convince you to start biting your nails; I am all out of it.

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