The Good Place

The Good Place

Season 1

DVD - 2017
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The show follows Eleanor Shellstrop, an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife and, thanks to some kind of error, is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place, which is definitely where she belongs. While hiding in plain sight from Michael, the wise architect of the Good Place who doesn't know he's made a mistake, she's determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome, or at least the pretty good, person within.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] :, Shout! Factory,, [2017]
ISBN: 9786317026223
Branch Call Number: TV DVD
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (375 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in
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Best TV Series - Musical or Comedy, Kristen Bell for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series - Musical or Comedy

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Dec 12, 2018

Imagine blending the whimsy and philosophy of "Pushing Up Daisies" with the character development and dynamics of "Community" or "Parks and Recreation." You end up with "The Good Place", a zany comedy in which Eleanor Shellstrop (Kirstin Bell) wakes up in a peaceful waiting room, to be informed by a divine being called Michael (Ted Danson) that she's been in a fatal accident involving a margarita mixer and a truck. The good news is that she's made it to the Good Place, where you can meet your soulmate, enjoy a custom-made house, and wander around in perfect bliss.
However, Eleanor has a secret. During her lifetime she was rude and selfish, and she knows perfectly well that she doesn't belong in the Good Place. The comedy itself is derived from Eleanor's desperate efforts to deserve her place in paradise, calling upon her soulmate Chidi (an ethics professor) to teach her how to be a good person. However, her very presence in the Good Place is having some nasty side-effects, and her sense of self-preservation is constantly at war with her newfound conscience.
It's a pretty strange-sounding premise, and yet the acting, writing, visuals and genuine interest in the moral and philosophical questions that "The Good Place" raises are what make it so unique and fun. Not to mention, there are plenty of twists along the way that the discerning viewer may pick up on before the finale. For those looking for something very different but unexpectedly deep, this is for you.

samcmar Nov 29, 2018

One of the funniest shows I've watched in a long time. This has one of the best ensemble casts to date, and Ted Danson alone is a hilarious joy to watch.

identitythief Nov 23, 2018

Oh the joy. The Good Place is one of those surprises. At first glance I just thought, oh, nifty concept, it won't follow through. But it does, keeping you on your toes as it ducks and weaves through weird and wonderful plot shifts.

LPL_SarahM Sep 23, 2018

Forking great.

Aug 29, 2018

What a delightful and hilarious show! The conceit is great and holds up, even to the end of the season. The acting is superb. The characters are well developed and the humor is consistent throughout. Even the replace words for swear words are witty. You're going to forking love this shirt!!!!

Jul 23, 2018

Susie recommended

LoganLib_Kirra May 18, 2018

The Good Place is one of the most ingenious tv shows I've ever watched with a plot that's constantly changing and evolving. I love how you never know what to expect with this show and the characters are all so loveable and well portrayed.

May 15, 2018

The main character in this should not be likable, but Kristen Bell is hilarious as are the rest of the cast.

Apr 30, 2018

A (mostly) lighthearted take on the afterlife, when a woman gets mistakenly sent to "The Good Place" even though she belongs in "The Bad Place". Reading the description, I didn't think I would make it past the first episode. I ended up watching the whole season on a weekend day. It's one of the most creative shows I've seen in years! Ted Danson does a great "flawed Mr. Rogers" with his character Michael, and Kristin Bell manages to make her character extremely likeable, despite Eleanor's life of selfishness. The plot is arc based, so you'll have to watch each episode in order to remain caught up, but it's not a drag at all. And whatever you do, avoid spoilers for any of the twists and character revelations before the occur in the show! The character and story revelations are half the fun of the show.

Apr 13, 2018

Wow, Kristen Bell and Ted Danson! The Good Place could not have avoided becoming a cult classic by the end of the first episode. Acting, directing, and writing are all consistently first-rate.

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Mar 04, 2018

In my defense, when I first arrived, and you said, "You, Eleanor Shellstrop, are dead, and you're in the Good Place," I had no reason to think that was a mistake.
-Location and date of birth, please.
Phoenix, Arizona, October 14, 1986... So sorry, that's what I used to tell people when I lied about my age. I was born in 1982.
-You lied so much, you forgot your own birthday.
And unless I can figure out a compelling reason to keep you here, you will spend eternity with murderers, and arsonists, and people who take off their shoes and socks on commercial airlines.
There's no such thing as a mistake in this realm. And yet, you are, somehow, a mistake. I mean, you're a giant chunk of spinach in the teeth of the universe. I need to understand every facet of this disaster. Tell me a lie about yourself. Any lie.
- I love the opera.
And now a truth.
I love Women's MMA.

Mar 04, 2018

She's definitely one of ours. So we'll just roll on out, and you can get back to, uh, putting rainbows up your butt or whatever you do here.
Kant would say that lying in any scenario is wrong, so if Michael asks you if you killed Janet, you should say yes.
-On the other hand, snitches do get stitches.
That is true. I read that once on the back of my boy Peanut's tricep.
-You just casually cited Immanuel Kant.
Yeah, I know we're in a miserable bind here, but this might be the proudest day of my life
Jianyu, I wish I had your wisdom. Your devotion to the noble truths has given you something that I don't have: clarity.
-It was Buddha who said, "The man lives a pure life. Nothing can destroy him."
I'm not a man, and I've lived no life, so will this destroy me? Ouch.
-Oh, of course. A cactus on its own intends no harm. It's only when we interfere that it becomes dangerous.
I can't believe you sold the t-shirts.
-Does it help if they basically sold themselves?

Mar 04, 2018

I just want to say, once more, for the record, that this whole good/bad system is bullshirt. There should be a medium place for people like me who kind of sucked, but in, like, a fun, chill way.
I just want to say, once more, for the record, that this whole good/bad system is bullshirt.
There should be a medium place for people like me who kind of sucked, but in, like, a fun, chill way.
Every day was basically one endless baby shower for a woman I didn't know, but also somehow I had to organize it. And if I didn't remember everyone's name, I got a very strong electric shock.
-Yep, that was my pitch.
And then at night, it was pretty classic torture. Uh, flying piranhas, lava monsters, college improv, and there was always jazz music playing.
-Ugh, I hate jazz. Every jazz song is like 40 minutes long. It's like, we get it. You can blow on a trumpet. Wrap it up, Elton John.
Oh, man, these horndogs are vibing like mofos.

Mar 04, 2018

She's like a perfect ball of light, and you're like a wet pile of mulch. Someone made a person out of wet mulch and leaves and, like, dead slugs, and that's you.
-Whatever, it's easy when you're just born perfect. My parents were both dirtbags who split up when I was eight.
I don't mean to eavesdrop, but did you say your parents got a divorce? Yeah, and that kind of thing really changes a person. I mean, that trauma It can explain away a lot of behavior.
-Oh, of course.
Your parents are still together, I guess.
-Oh, actually, um, I I'm not sure. I never met my birth parents. They put me in an empty fish tank and abandoned me at a train station in Bangladesh. Luckily, I was found and adopted by a very nice couple, the Shellstrops
Oh, thank God.
- But then they died when I was four bird flu.
That's awful.
- Anyway, orphanage burned down, yadda yadda yadda, made my way to America, yadda yadda yadda, learned English from watching "Seinfeld," put myself through law school, and here I am.

Mar 04, 2018

He taught me about Plato - and Socrates, Immanuel Kant
- Yeah, cool, shut up. Let's cut to the chase here You two go to Poundtown? Poundtown, bro. You two bang it out? She hot for teach? Did you pork the dork? C'mon, girl, dish me dem dirty deets.
Hey, a bunch of us are gonna go see "Spider-Man 2" tonight. Do you want to come?
-They made a second "Spider-Man"? What is there left to say?
I just have to be more accommodating. Offer them everything they want, give in to all of their demands, and then they'll have to respect me.
-No, you need to stand up for yourself. I'm going to tell you the same thing that I told Mark Zuckerberg right before he ousted Eduardo Saverin. You are smart, you are capable, and the time has come to hit "unfriend." I also told Mark to lose the "the". Just "Facebook." That was me.
You can summon every evil creature you have, every weapon in your arsenal, every four-headed flying bear they have them down there but we are not giving up.

Mar 04, 2018

Number five is number one. Number seven is number two. Number three and number four are tied for number three.
-What are you talking about?
I'm ranking my favorite "Fast and the Furious" movies. You said you wanted to know who I am, and this is the best way to get to know me.
-No, it isn't. You could tell me your real name, for starters.
And is, uh, that a family member?
-I wish. That's Ariana Grande, the sexiest woman alive.
You wish that you were related to a woman you want to have sex with.
Listen, I don't need the Chidi who once had a panic attack during Rock-Paper-Scissors because there were, and I quote, "just too many variables."
No, Chidi, true love is rare, like a desert flower betwixt two oases, but true love's also very simple. And right now, I'm just a girl towering over a boy asking him to admit he loves me.
What's up, Carson Daly? My name is Jason. I wanna give a shout-out to all my homies up in Jacksonville.

Mar 04, 2018

Figured you two charlatans would sniff each other out like two mangy rats sharing a pizza crust in a sewer.
Jianyu is a hot dummy, definitely my type. We both love to dance. We were both banned from public transit systems in our cities.
I'd like to read a poem. “Janet, my digital queen. Janet, we can dare to dream. Send nude pics of your heart to me. Jacksonville Jaguars rule!"
-Jason, when I was rebooted, and I lost all my knowledge, I was confused and disoriented, but you were always kind to me. And according to the central theme of 231,600 songs, movies, poems, and novels that I researched for these vows in the last three seconds, that's what love's all about.
And yes, we do have the sort of connection that only two highly educated, sophisticates could have, but it's not true love.
I do love you, but I think more in a best friend afterlife savior kind of way. I'm not so much "hot for teacher" as I am "eternally grateful for semi-cute, surprisingly ripped teacher."

Mar 04, 2018

Pillboi, let's talk big picture. You know I love Jacksonville. J-town. It's easily one of the top ten swamp cities in northeastern Florida, but if we're gonna make it in the DJ game, we gotta get to Miami.
-Miami's expensive. We just don't got that skrilla, B. I mean, I got ten bucks to my name, and I spent eight of it on this burrito, and the other two on guac.
I wasn't a failed DJ. I was pre-successful.
-And you two are married.
Hells yeah, homie. We love each other. She makes the bass drop in my heart.
That is Sachveer, and his problem with me is Oh, one of the giraffes (the 6-footer over achiever) tried to hump him.
Hey, um why don't you want me to see Janet? I'm a good guy. All I want is to give Janet the life she deserves.
-Janet is not built for human life, and I'm not sure you're much of a provider.

Mar 04, 2018

She's a great person. I don't know what to do. I mean, we are soul mates, so I probably do love her, but then again, how do I know if my motivation is correct? Maybe I think I'm supposed to love her, but if I tell her that I love her for the wrong reasons, it won't mean anything.
-You have a tendency to over-think things. Turn off that giant brain, and just say you love her too.
- You think?
If this were some random person you hooked up with at a Diamondbacks game in the parking lot behind the port-a-potties not based on a real example I would say keep mulling, but this is your soul mate. She's Universe-approved.
My motivation is corrupt. Even when I do nice things, I'm only doing them so I can get something out of it, the ability to stay here, which means none of this had any real moral value. It doesn't count. Holy shirt.

Mar 04, 2018

There is a real Jianyu, a Taiwanese monk who took an oath of silence at the age of eight. But, three months ago, he went into such a deep meditative state that he registered as dead, and when you died at that exact same moment, our system mistook you for him. Perhaps because you share the exact same IQ.
- Cool.
No, not cool. He stopped learning at the age of seven. Okay, so, now, this is sort of a quick litmus test, basic questions designed to tell whether you were fundamentally good or bad. Number one: Did you ever commit a serious crime?
-Yes, I blew up a guy's speedboat after he sued me. And I stole an old lady's fake leg once on a dare.
Did you ever have a personalized license plate?
-Yeah, dawg. "I LUV BUTTS".
Have you ever paid money to hear music performed by California funk rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers?
-Yo, the Chilis? I saw them in concert like 50 times. I once got arrested trying to steal Flea's bass guitar.

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