There’s a new comedy in town and if you haven’t yet seen it, you definitely should. While long stretching drama’s or action packes series are unarguably great to watch, comedies lighten the mood and have a shorter running time. Within half an hour, you’re laughing and ready for another episode. So pick up your remote and find The Good Place on tv or Netflix, because this is the funny series you have to see at the moment. Why? Let me give you some good reasons.
1. The cast. THE CAST!
I honestly started watching The Good Place mainly because of my love for Kristen Bell. I have loved her ever since Veronica Mars, so when I found out she was in this new show, I just had to see it. She’s so funny in real life (or at least, that’s the image I have of her). And the premise of The Good Place peaked my interest: Eleanor (Bell) is sent to ‘the good place’ after she dies. But as she was a terrible person, this is a mistake and she should have ended up in The Bad Place. So she does everything she can to hide this fact from her neighbours and learn some ethics while she’s at it, to rightfully earn her stay.
So, Kristen Bell is all I could wish for. But the rest of the cast is also just as amazing. Ted Danson is brilliant as Michael, the architect of this particular neighbourhood. William Jackson Harper is Eleanor’s soulmate Chidi and ethics teacher and oh man, he is so funny. His facial expressions are the best. Jameela Jamil and Manny Jacinto play neighbours Tahani and Jianyu, an obnoxious philanthropist and silent monk. D’Arcy Carden tops off the main cast as ‘not a robot’ Janet: an entity who helps the recently deceased with all information they need. If there’s just one reason to give to watch this show, it’s this incredible (and very diverse!) and super talented cast. So much love for these people.
2. The Good Place is forking funny
OK, everybody has a different sense of humor so this point is very subjective. And I’ll have to say it took me a couple of episodes to really get into this show. So if the first episode isn’t for you, don’t give up and watch some more. Because this show will get to you and you will laugh, a lot. It’s just so well written and so clever. Take for instance the swearing. As the characters end up in the Good Place, they can’t swear. So, swearwords are substituted by normal words. Fork. Forking. Ash hole. Bullshirt. It’s so clever, because obviously everybody knows what words are meant but this way, the characters can swear all they want.
The Good Place delivers smart humor, jokes to think about. It’s not ‘in your face’ funny as some sitcoms are. It’s so hard to say what character is the funniest, because they are all funny in their own way. Each character has it’s own tone of voice and sense of humor. It’s fun to watch when the neighbours from The Bad Place come to visit, including a Bad Janet (blonde and obnoxiously always on her cellphone). And just look at the image above. Since Eleanor is at The Good Place by mistake, she has to live in the house designed for the person who should have been there. And that person happens to loooove clowns.
3. It makes you think about the good and the bad
This isn’t your standard sitcom. It’s not a ‘will they/won’t they’. It’s not about your standard gang of friends/family. These are dead people in the afterlife and they are in the Good Place for a reason: these were the best people out there. For instance: all the presidents of the United States, with the exception of Abraham Lincoln, are at the Bad Place. So this show makes you think about things like ethics, together with Eleanor. What exactly is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad’? How should you live your life? Is there an afterlife?
Without spoiling too much, the end of season 1 is a huge game changer. The final episodes are brilliant. /spoilers This show also provides ‘real’ moral dilemma’s such as: will you save five strangers by killing one stranger? Or will you save the one stranger, thus killing five others? And what if you happen to know one of these six? What will you do then? It’s still a comedy so it won’t delve into ethics and morality too much, but it does make you think about life more than your average sitcom.
4. You needed a new comedy in your life
Most of the ‘good ones’ are finished. Friends is long gone, and you’ve seen the reruns of the reruns about a trillion times. How I Met Your Mother is gone, so no more Lily, Marshall and Barney. The Big Bang Theory is still around, but that show has lost it’s charm about two seasons ago. The only other great comedy around is Modern Family (and sorry Good Place people, but Phil Dunphy and co. are still my favorites). So you need a brand new comedy to get you going for some time.
Luckily, The Good Place is only at season 2 at the moment, so it has years of potential in the future. If the writers keep adding smart storylines, great and awesome characters, we are good to go the next couple of years. So give Eleanor, Michael, Chidi and the others a try, you’ll thank me later. Maybe that’ll score me some points to get into a Good Place neighbourhood.
What are your favorite comedies at the moment? Let us know in the comments!