You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll question everything…
Binge season two of Netflix’s addictive, dark humoured, American series ‘The Good Place’ and you’ll still be hungry for more. The series brings new light to lofty ideas about who we are and what our meaning is on earth.
Sounds pretty deep for a comedy, right? I have to admit the first few episodes were hard to digest but by the time the season neared its end, I knew something big was about to happen. And it did.
Australian fan Brooke Gibbs says that, while she didn’t laugh as much as she would have during an episode of ‘Friends’, the meanings and messages from ‘The Good Place’ would linger and leave her wanting more.
Loveable rebel Eleanor Shellstrop, played by Kristen Bell, dies and reaches ‘the good place’ in the afterlife. Eleanor realises that she has taken someone else’s position there due to a mistake made by ‘good place’ architect Michael, played by Ted Danson.
Eleanor discovers the error and confides in her soul mate, ethics professor Chidi, played by William Jackson Harper. Following an ethical dilemma, Chidi chooses to teach Elenaor moral values before anyone finds out who she really is and what she’s really done.
With only 20-minute episodes, it is easy to binge and, once through the first half of season one, the reveals and twists ramp up all the way up to the end of season two.
Not only is this show highly addictive the further you dive in, ‘The Good Place’ has puns, hidden messages and deep meanings that are unusual in a comedy. Another Aussie fan Zach Delaney has been watching since the beginning and says the concept and delivery of the show is outstanding.
With season three in the works, it’s a good time to jump on board. The show is particularly suited to teens and young adults who are struggling to find a place in the world and who need that bit of a push the get them through.
But the appeal of ‘The Good Place’ runs wider and speaks to a universal desire to question one’s life. It also reminds us it’s never too late to change. Even after you die.
Here’s the official trailer from the first season, to show you were it all began.