Arts and Entertainment

The Good Place Is Really…Good!

By: Shirley Snyder (282)

Life as a Central Student can often be very stressful. It is important to give Central students something to make them smile. That is exactly what “The Good Place” did for me. I was first recommended “The Good Place” by a friend of mine at Central. I trusted my friend’s opinion so I immediately went home and started watching. I was captivated right off the bat by the premise of this show. A girl named Eleanor Shelstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up to find that she is dead and she has made it to “The Good Place” (this show’s version of heaven), and after a tour of “The Good Place” from the neighborhood’s architect, Micheal (Ted Danson), she realizes that she is not supposed to be there. She meets her soulmate, Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper), who incidentally was a philosophy professor, and her journey to try and remain in the “The Good Place” starts from there. Along the way Eleanor meets many interesting people, such as Janet, an all-knowing “robot” (although she technically says that she is not a robot), and Tahani, a beautiful woman who spent her life on Earth raising billions of dollars for charity and spending time with many celebrities. I won’t spoil the plot, but I will say that this show is full of twists and turns and the power of friendship. 

I am not the only person who enjoyed “The Good Place”. This show was nominated for 14 Primetime Emmy awards throughout its four seasons, and it was rated a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes. When I interviewed my friend Talia Newman (282), who has watched “The Good Place” more than once, they had many positive things to say.

Q: What topics do you think “The Good Place” handled well?

A: I think it handled topics around morality and ethics really well and incorporated them in a way that was both interesting and relevant to the show. It was clear that the writers and actors did a lot of research surrounding philosophy and ethics. I also thought it handled Eleanor’s family situation really well; it didn’t demonize Eleanor’s mother but also wasn’t too sympathetic towards her.

Q: What would you score “The Good Place” out of 100, with 1 being the lowest and 100 being the highest?

A: I would give The Good Place a 96/100.

I think that “The Good Place” is one of the best shows I have ever watched. It was funny, sad, thought provoking, and overall interesting. I never felt bored while watching and I would gladly rewatch the whole series. I would recommend this show to Central Students who enjoy comedies, cliffhangers, philosophy, romance, and above all, friendship. 

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