Sitcom Review: The Good Place

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Zoe Kaplan, Associate Editor

A hilarious series about a self-proclaimed “Arizona trash bag,” The Good Place revolves around Eleanor Shellstrop (played by Kristen Bell) as she navigates the afterlife.

Throughout the series, Eleanor provides commentary on life after death and discovers the truth about her old life. She meets new people and learns how to become a better person.

She continually struggles with this but gets through it with help from her new friends—Chidi, Jason, and Tahani.

The series becomes particularly interesting after a twist ending in the first season. After this, viewers will be hooked. Personally, I could not wait to find out what was going to happen in the next season.

Even though the show is a comedy, it also has a lot of heart. The characters learn from each other and become friends against all odds, which shows how much they care about each other.

Viewers will root for Eleanor, while watching her become a better version of herself.

For example, she learns how to be selfless by caring about others—and helping them when the opportunity presents itself. She shows that anyone can make changes for the better, even if it is challenging sometimes.

I would recommend this show to people who like comedies that have more to them than puns and jokes.

One of my favorite episodes is “Jeremy Bearimy,” which explains how the time in the afterlife works. It is amusing to see how the characters try and figure out what this means. I also really like the part when the friends get trapped in Michael’s—the creator of the afterlife—assistant’s void.