TV: The Good Place – Season 1

On: NBC

Premiered: September 19, 2016

Starring: Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto, Ted Danson, Tiya Sircar, Adam Scott, Marc Evan Jackson, Maribeth Monroe, Eugene Cordero, Rebecca Hazlewood, Ajay Mehta, Anna Khaja, Amy Okuda, Leslie Grossman & Tom Beyer

The Good Place is one of the smartest comedies now on TV.

When Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) dies, she ends up in the Good Place – an elite afterlife location for the best people who lived on Earth. She quickly realizes that she has been mistakenly placed, but uses her “soulmate” Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper) to learn how to be a better person.

The ensemble cast is lead by Bell and TV legend Ted Danson with the little-known Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden and Manny Jacinto rounding out. They’re incredibly diverse and each brings their own set of comedic skills.

With writing following the theme of the “Good Place,” everything is PG for viewers including clever ways to cover cursing language. Every time Eleanor gets mad and yells, “forking,” you’ll howl with laughter.

Final say: The good show. ★★★★★

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