5 Reasons To Watch The Good Place Series

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Okay! The good place series is about the afterlife humans are sent to and the afterlife consists of the good place, the bad place, and the middle ground (only one person ever made it to the middle place). Unlike what most religions preach about hellfire and blah blah, to get to the good place you are scored based on the morality of your conduct in life. People have gone to the bad place not because they are bad bad, but you can find yourself in a bad place if you’re indecisive or you worry too much about what people think of you.

So anyone with the highest score is sent to the good place where they’ll find eternal happiness and if you fail, you’ll be sent to the bad place where you’ll be tortured for life. 

Let me introduce you to the characters:

1. Eleanor Shellstrop:

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She is an extremely selfish pharmaceutical saleswoman from Phoenix, Arizona. I don’t even understand how the writers made me care for someone like this. She’s selfish but somehow, I find myself hoping she would become a better person. 

2. Chidi Anagonye:

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He is a French-speaking Nigerian-Senegalese professor of ethics and moral philosophy who taught at the Sorbonne and St. John’s University in Australia. He’s a likable character but can be annoying most times. As much as this character is nice and supportive, his inability to make choices frequently leaves him overanxious and indecisive, often resulting in poor decision-making.

3. Tahani Al-Jamil:

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She is a wealthy British philanthropist and fashion model who believes she belongs in a Good Place. She is also likable even though she tends to talk to people condescendingly. Again, the writers have made the characters so complicated you just find yourself wanting nothing but the best for them even when they do annoying things. She forms an unlikely friendship with Eleanor, who initially dislikes her positive attitude, condescending way of speaking, and tendency to name drop.

4. Janet:

 

is a programmed guide and knowledge bank that acts as the Good Place’s main source of information and can provide its residents with whatever they desire. Later, Janet gains a more humanlike disposition and begins to act differently from the way she was designed.

Carden also portrays multiple Janet iterations throughout the series. Among them are “Bad Janet”, the Bad Place counterpart specifically designed by the demons to respond to residents in an inappropriate and impolite manner.

 

“Neutral Janet”, an impartial, robotic version of Janet that works in the Accountant’s Office. Believe me, there are a lot of Janets in this series but the ones mentioned here are the most important Janets.

 

5. Jason Mendoza:

 

He is an amateur Filipino American disk jockey and drug dealer from Jacksonville, Florida, who seemingly winds up in the Good Place by mistake. He is introduced as Jianyu Li, a Taiwanese Buddhist monk who took a vow of silence. Later, Jason proves to be an immature and unintelligent but kindhearted Jacksonville Jaguars and Blake Bortles fan.

6. Michael:

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is a Bad Place architect who designed a fake “good place” to torture Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason. Michael has a fascination with the mundane aspects of human life, like playing with paper clips or searching for one’s car keys. In the first-season finale, it is revealed that he has been tricking the four humans all along and is a demon torturing them, though he later teams up with and befriends them. “

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In the first season, a loner Eleanor, small-time criminal Jason, a moral philosopher Chidi and wealthy socialite Tahani were all sent to “the good place” where they’ve been promised eternal life with a soulmate to live with forever and ever. They were all given beautiful houses that were decorated with things they all liked. Eleanor’s apartment was decorated with clowns and a lot of other weird things. Of course, Tahani was given a mansion where she has to live with her soulmate Jason, a small-time criminal who has been mistaken to be a monk.

Chidi was also assigned to be Eleanor’s soulmate. The following day, chaos breaks loose as “the good place” started malfunctioning and Eleanor soon realizes she doesn’t deserve to be in the good place because on earth she was so morally bankrupt no one wants to be friends with her.

She confesses this to Chidi, claiming there must have been a mistake in “the good place’s” database. She blames herself for all the chaos and Chidi attempts to teach her ethics so she can earn her presence there, soon, Jason and Tahani joins these classes.

Jason’s soulmate, wealthy socialite Tahani, attempts to help Michael, the designer of their neighborhood, deal with the chaos caused by Eleanor and Jason’s presence. In the season finale, Eleanor realizes that the four humans have been in an experimental Bad Place all along, chosen by Michael to torture each other emotionally and psychologically for eternity. If this is how hell works then it’s brilliant… lol. 

Eleanor might be a selfish, unemotional crazy character but she’s also smart. As soon as Michael threatens to wipe out their memory to restart his experiment, she writes something in a note, shoves the paper into “good Janet’s” mouth with the hope that Good Janet will give the note to her when they come back to the fake good place again.

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In the second season, Michael repeatedly erases the humans’ memories to try to restart their psychological torture, but they figure out the truth each time. Michael’s failures result in him being blackmailed by another demon who wants his job, so Michael convinces the humans to help him fool his boss in exchange for passage to the real Good Place. When Michael sees that humans can improve their goodness after they die, he appeals their case to the eternal Judge, who rules that the humans may be returned to their lives on Earth, with no memory of the afterlife, to attempt to prove their moral development.

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So, they return to earth in the third season and meet one way or the other through Michael’s help. The group participates in a research study led by Chidi and his colleague Simone. Once they learn the truth about the afterlife, they try to help others improve their moral behavior. Eventually, they discover that no one has been admitted to a Good Place in centuries. They propose that the points system is fundamentally flawed and set up an experimental simulated Good Place to test their thesis that humans can develop morally with proper support.

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In the final season, the year-long experiment eventually proves that humans can show moral improvement in the afterlife. The group institutes a new system whereby deceased humans will earn their way into the Good Place by passing tests of moral development; and then, to avoid becoming numbed by the ennui of eternal bliss, humans may choose to exit the Good Place and peacefully end their afterlife. In the final episode, Jason, Chidi, and Eleanor eventually choose to exit; Tahani becomes a designer of afterlife environments, and Michael is allowed to be sent to Earth to live as a human. 

I never knew something so funny could be emotional. Somehow, I wished this series had more than four parts. I didn’t want it to end. Watching Eleanor go from a selfish, mean-spirited person to someone who could show emotions and fall in love was amazing. 

Here are reasons why I think you should watch the good place series:

  1. It’s colorful. 
  2. This fictional world is different. I mean we’ve all watched several films that have wizarding worlds, out-of-space worlds, dystopian worlds, or just a general magical world. 
  3. It’s different from drop dead diva but they share some similarities. 
  4. As I said, it’s different. I can assure you that there’s no series like this.
  5. It’s not a “preachy” show and the good place or the bad place isn’t tied to any religion. 

Is the Good Place on Hulu?

No, the Good Place isn’t available on Hulu, but you can always stream it on Netflix. And if you are wondering if the four seasons are on Netflix, the answer is a big YES! You can find the first to the last season of The Good Place on Netflix.

So there you have it! If you’ve watched the good place let me know what you think in the comment below. 

By Esosa Kolawole

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