Hellishly Hilarious: The Good Place

Starring still ‘devilishly delicious’ Ted Danson and Hollywood darling Kristin Bell, The Good Place is a twisted look at the afterlife you might expect if you’re less than angelic in your time on earth.

The Good Place launched earlier this year on Netflix and after a slow-burn, has taken off to be the cult hit of the autumn.

Created by Michael Schur, who also wrote comedy gold Parks and Recreation, the show brings together a host of new and existing talent to explore what happens when heaven gets hellish.

We meet Bell, whose timing is faultless, as Eleanor Shellstrop.  Eleanor lived her life by doing precisely nothing nice for anyone, ever, and good at being bad she was too.  Not ‘murdering people bad’, but certainly mild slander, fraud and laziness.

In a case of what appears to be seriously mistaken identity, she ends up at the eponymous ‘Good Place’, a super shiny new ‘afterlife concept’ creature by angelic architect Michael (Ted Danson).

It doesn’t take long before she realises she’s not meant to be spending eternity with earth’s most faultless former residents and hilarity ensues as she tries to escape being sent to the bad place instead…

We also meet Tahani (brit Jameela Jamil), silent Buddhist monk Jianyu (Manny Jacinto) and bastion of moral academia, Chidi (William Jackson Harper)

As ‘heaven’ falls apart, literally, Eleanor has to address her lack of ethics with Chidi, in the hope of avoiding an eternity of torment.

It’s visually lovely – think ‘Desperate Housewives’ level of picket-fence perfection, but with the sort of edge and special effects you usually see reserved for heavy-hitting Hollywood budgets.

The real joy though is in the humour.  This is laugh-out-loud, long and hard funny.  Witty, slick, silly, sharp, occasionally a little bloody, unexpected and relatable – it’s the sort of show you never want to end, but can’t stop watching. You can imagine the writers crying with laughter and actors corpsing (pun intended) all the way through this one – and their joy translates.

You won’t be binging though – you can watch one 13-episode series available to stream now, with a new instalment of the second series every Friday.  It’s currently on a series break until January 2o18, so you’ll need to be a little disciplined to draw this one out!

 

 

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