Jacob Mosher, E23 Reporter

Spoiler Warning: The plot of previous seasons and this episode will be discussed.

The best show currently on network television, “The Good Place”, returned Thursday night with season three’s two-part premiere. It begins exactly where season two ended: The four humans are back on Earth to prove to the Judge, played by the always entertaining Maya Rudolph, that they can be good people.
This show is truly something special. It continues to be one of the best, if not the best serialized comedy on any platform of television. Its plot is expertly paced and that does not appear to be changing. The story moves at a sprint, yet it does not feel rushed. By the end of the hour long premiere, the four main characters are already back together. This does not feel forced, but instead adds to the show’s meaning. As the character Chidi says in his moral philosophy speech, “We are not in this alone.”

This show works best when the central core characters are together, but this episode takes advantage of their time alone. Each character gets one fourth of the episode, and each story works perfectly. This show’s backbone is its characters. They are some of the most well-written, genuine characters on television, and the core cast is top-notch as always. From Eleanor being proud of her 12 out of 12 on a Kardashian slang word quiz (even though she cheated) to Jason assuming claustrophobia is the fear of Santa Claus, the writers continue to be at the top of their game.
I truly believe the heart and soul of this show is in Michael, played by the most lovable and charming man on Earth, Ted Danson. His genuine excitement towards visiting Earth and about seeing a place “that was at once a Pizza Hut and a Taco Bell” brought a smile to my face. When given the opportunity to play four different guardian angels for each of the main characters, he delights in every way. My personal favorite was his Australian librarian. His accent was not good, and he knows that, making the bit even better.

This is a stellar start for a stellar show, and I am not surprised. I listened to a podcast with Kristen Bell where she discussed Michael Schur’s goal to create a show about moral philosophy and goodness. In a television landscape with few positive messages, it is refreshing to watch something filled with wholesome messages about being your best self. It excites me to see a network television show continue to tackle moral philosophy, and I hope to see this throughout the season. Highly Recommend.

“The Good Place” airs on NBC every Thursday night at 8/7 central. Seasons one and two are available on Netflix.

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