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The good place... it's a good show, very good show

Netflix includes many award-winning movies and TV shows, but one comedy shines brighter than them all, the Good Place. The  Good Place is a comedy TV show starring: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, D’arcy Carden, Jameela Jamil, and Manny Jacinto. 

The show begins with Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) wakes up in the afterlife, a heavenly person named Michael (Ted Danson) invites her to come into the next room, where Eleanor learns that she is in the Good Place (a place of eternal happiness). Unfortunately, she soon realizes that she is not in “heaven” because she was a good person, she was mistaken for a death row lawyer by a system that hasn’t failed throughout the life of the universe. Luckily for Eleanor, her “soulmate”, Chidi (played by William Jackson Harper) just happens to be a professor of moral philosophy. Eleanor confesses to Chidi, and the afterlife adventure begins. The show includes many twists and turns, like one of the other residents (pretending to be a Buddhist monk) is another mistake named Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto). Shortly after, the group makes friends with another resident, Tahani al Jamil (Jameela Jamil), and so the group is formed. Unfortunately, because Janet (the all knowing provider of information played by D’arcy Carden) is murdered by Chidi , causing chaos to break loose. Eleanor finds that they are actually in the Bad Place and Michael is actually a demon. 

In season 2 Michael makes 803 failed attempts at torturing the 4 humans, but eventually is undermined by one of the other demons. Out of options, Michael decides to side with the humans. The group forms a close friendship with Michael and an almost human, Janet. However, Michael’s boss, Shawn, shows up and Michael is forced to try desperately to give clues to his friends without the demons noticing. It works, and Shawn believes that the 4 humans are actually in the Medium Place, this ruse won’t last forever though, so the humans walk straight through Bad Place headquarters and try to get the all-knowing judge to hear their case (the Judge is played by Maya Rudolph, and she’s really fun to watch). Unfortunately, Michael and Janet are both caught in the process, and right before Shawn murders Michael Janet comes and saves him, allowing them to get to the Judge’s chambers directly after the humans have lost their case. Finally, the Judge allows the 4 humans to go back down to Earth to see if they improve enough to get into the Good Place.

Season 3 is centered around the four humans being back on Earth. At first, the humans begin to progress towards getting into the Good Place, but they fall off their “self-improvement” kick and Michael is forced to go against the Judge’s ruling and return to Earth in an attempt to nudge humans back together. For a while, Michael’s cheating goes unnoticed by the Judge until, the Bad Place intervenes and sends a demon of their own down to knock the humans off course. Michael and Janet immediately try to stop the Bad Place, but are caught by the Judge, right before the both of them are killed Janet creates a distraction for the Judge and they escape back to Earth (they can’t be followed because they stole the key to Earth). Unfortunately, the humans overhear Michael and Janet explaining the entire system of the afterlife, and the humans are doomed to be tortured in the Bad Place (there motivations to be good are corrupt). Michael brings the 4 humans to the afterlife where they start a new experiment that could save humanity from endless torture.

The premise of the fourth season is this experiment, but currently, the fate of all humanity is unknown.