Netflix has demonstrated its ability to generate quality original content. Indeed, much of their market strategy now seems to be built on its original shows.
I have watched many of these Netflix originals and rarely been disappointed.
One such show is called The Good Place. A light comedy with seemingly short episodes and a progressive plot. It began as something I would just have on in the background while doing other things. But over time, the light humour and interestingly different premise began to build.
Avoiding any spoilers, the show begins with one of the central characters, Eleanor Shellstrop (Kirsten Bell) being welcomed to the afterlife by Michael (Ted Danson). Beyond that premise, I will say nothing of the plot, because its development is worth experiencing first-hand.
These two are the only actors in the cast I have encountered before. And the characters they play are both unlike any previous roles I’d seen, and yet so well suited that it is easy to become comfortable with them in little to no time.
Yet, it is the broader cast, Tahani (Jameela Jamil), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Jianyu (Manny Jacinto), and Janet (D’arcy Carden) whose various interactions create depth. In a premise that I felt could not possibly have the scope to remain fresh and appealing over time, the development and insights into each character as the series progresses have quickly made The Good Place one of my favourite shows.
Now with a 15 episode first season under its belt, and counting down to episode 8 of the second season, the series has far exceeded my expectations for it and seems to have the talent driving its writing and development that could continue to deliver a quality show for further series in the future.
Yet, very few people are talking about this show. Indeed, it is difficult to say much without giving away some of the development that make the show enjoyable.
I put it on in the background while my sister was visiting recently. Last night she binge watched to the end of the first season and now shares my enthusiasm for the show.
A show I do recommend. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have been.