The Good Place (2016– )
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The Book of Dougs 

Michael's resolve is put to the test. Meanwhile, Jason wrestles with his feelings and Chidi surprises Eleanor.


Ken Whittingham


Michael Schur (created by), Kate Gersten | 5 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
Mike O'Malley ... The Doorman
Nicole Byer ... Gwendolyn
Paul Scheer ... Chuck
Dana Powell ... Paula
Phil Augusta Jackson Phil Augusta Jackson ... Kellen
Takato Yonemoto ... Daisuke
Tatiana Carr Tatiana Carr ... Meg
Denise G. Sanchez ... Andie (as Denise Sanchez)


Without being followed, the gang has made its way to where they believe is the Good Place. Where they learn they technically are is the Good Place's correspondence center, with only a locked door, which humans technically cannot go through, separating the correspondence center and thus them from the actual Good Place. Michael first believes they have to establish a cover as although they are technically with the good guys, what he has learned is that the good guys are sticklers for the rules, the six of them who, under the rules, should not be there. Leaving the four humans and Janet there, Michael, undercover as one of the accountants, has to find a way to speak to the committee to discuss the Bad Place's manipulation of the points system where for the past five hundred years, no one has amassed enough points to make it into the Good Place. Even if he is able to speak to the committee, Michael may find the process for retribution is not as easy as he would like or have thought. At ... Written by Huggo

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10 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


When Michael shows the chart of Douglass Ewing giving 12 roses to his grandmother, it says that he received negative 4 points for it. But if you add the plus totals and the minus totals in the detail of the scoring, his score was actually closer to a negative 90. See more »


Eleanor Shellstrop: My tears taste like the nacho cheese from my favorite movie theater.
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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.

The Book Of Dougs

You have got to look forward to for just visiting this good place that they have been endorsing since the dawn. And the obviously loud affirmative comments signifying their gullibility and boy what a fun that itself is; scoot over plot.

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