I’d heard of The Good Place, but really all I knew about it was that it was an American TV series. Then, on the Hitchhiker’s 42nd anniversary evening they mentioned that The Good Place owes a lot to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. So I thought I’d see what it was all about.
It turns out to be a sitcom – although more in the manner of The Thick of It in that it’s amusing but not laugh out loud funny (and with no studio audience). It’s about Eleanor Shellstrop who dies, ends up in the good place, but there’s been a mistake and she’s not the Eleanor Shellstrop they think she is. So she tries to make sure no one finds out, while learning how to be good in order to stop everything falling apart.
At least, that’s how it starts. Each series is different, which took a little getting used to at the start of the second series.
Generally, I liked it. It was 22 minutes of unimportant, amusing entertainment where nothing that bad really happens. It’s also a bit silly. The demons (who run the bad place) and angels (who run the good place) all have human names. The angels’ response to pretty much anything is to write a strongly worded letter. The favourite torture method of the demons’ is penis flattening. In one episode there’s a clam chowder fountain.
There’s an AI/robot in the shape of a woman who comes in good, bad (always on her phone), neutral and disco (on roller skates) versions.
The only thing I didn’t like about it was the last episode, which was really sappy and a lot less funny. I would say that the penultimate episode is probably a better place to stop.
I’m going to give it 9/10 – it would have been 10/10 had it not been for the last episode.