THE GOOD PLACE
Starring: Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D'Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto, and Ted Danson
Created by Michael Schur
Written by Michael Schur, Directed by Drew Goddard
The Good Place is a very quirky new sitcom from the genius behind Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In this high-concept comedy, Kristen Bell is Eleanor Shellstrop, who is killed in a freak accident and discovers the unique afterlife situation where the cream of the crop go to the "good place" while the majority of people go to the "bad place" based on a calculation of their good and bad deeds. Each community within the good place has a leader, this one is Michael (Ted Danson). They are also guaranteed to meet their soulmates in the good place and Eleanor's is Chidi (William Jackson Harper). There's one major catch though: Eleanor is there by mistake as she was a "medium" person at best and they clearly made a mistake with a lawyer who got innocent people off and worked at child refugee camps. Rounding out the main cast are Eleanor's neighbors, Chidi and Jianyu (Jameela Jamil and Manny Jacinto).
The biggest pull to this show besides its unique concept is the fact that it includes Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. Bell is very enjoyable as the leading lady and she had her usual charm and excellent comedic timing. She played a great drunk though I did find the substitutes for swear words more annoying than funny and I think I could tire of that quickly. And Ted Danson is an absolute hoot as the leader of the the community. He was fantastic in the opening scene with Bell though I think he was used a little too infrequently as the episode went on. Danson really is underrated as one of the most versatile actors in the business today. I also enjoyed William Jackson Harper but not as much as the two leads (though Harper felt like more of a lead than Danson, though it would be better the other way around).
WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN?
Yes. I didn't have time to watch the second episode in the premiere hour yet but I certainly plan on watching that and more to see where this show goes.