The Good Place (2016) IMDb

Extent

Seen in 2019.

This review refers to the first season.

Categorization

High-concept sitcom.

Subject

A woman dies ignominiously and awakes in a version of Christianity’s Heaven, but she knows she shouldn’t be there.

Commentary

Ted Danson and D’Arcy Carden are very good. The concept is not: It’s more fun than classic family- or friendship-based sitcom setups but The Good Place ultimately goes nowhere with its concept. Despite taking the concept from Sartre’s No Exit (1944) and the fact that one of the major characters is an ethics professor, the script does not interrogate the idea of being eternally rewarded or punished according to arcane, secret, obviously arbitrary rules administered by an inelegant celestial bureaucracy. The twist ending of the first season—of which I was already aware from Obiter dictum—is shallow metafiction, essentially outlining the dramaturgical pillars of the show. The twist as such would be unpredictable only because the writing was internally incoherent to begin with, and there is no sign of that changing.

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