The Good Place (2016– )
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Existential Crisis 

Michael experiences an existential crisis; Tahani throws a dinner party; Eleanor reflects on her childhood.


Michael Schur (created by), Andrew Law | 4 more credits »





Episode complete credited cast:
Kristen Bell ... Eleanor Shellstrop
William Jackson Harper ... Chidi Anagonye
Jameela Jamil ... Tahani Al-Jamil
D'Arcy Carden ... Janet
Manny Jacinto ... Jason Mendoza
Ted Danson ... Michael
Tiya Sircar ... Vicky
Leslie Grossman ... Donna
Steve Berg ... Gunnar
Marques Ray ... Quinston Timeclock
Noelle E Parker ... Young Eleanor
Drew Brooks Drew Brooks ... Samuel
Doc Farrow ... Greg
Tom Beyer ... Doug


With Eleanor as the only other student this day, Michael is attending his first ethics class taught by Chidi. Michael, as evil incarnate, either just doesn't get or refuses to get what Chidi is trying to teach him. Chidi thinks he knows why and thus takes a slightly different approach with Michael. Chidi and Eleanor have to deal with the aftermath of what happens to Michael using this new approach. The reason that Tahani and Jason aren't in the class is that they have to pretend to endure the latest torture inflicted on them. Tahani is supposed to plan a party - her specialty - for Gunnar, but what will happen is that they are later to be told that there was a mix up and that everyone in the Good Place attended another party thrown for Gunnar, resulting in Tahani being devastated. Tahani, however, thinks she has a way of torturing Vicky, namely by planning the best party ever that everyone will want to attend instead of the fake party organized by the actors. In the process, Tahani ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

12 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Chidi suggests they start reading "death" by Todd May. Dr. Todd May is one of the philosophy advisers assisting the writers on the show. See more »


Donna Shellstrop: Listen, baby. Don't be sad, okay? Your father wasn't great. Let's call him what he was. A fart in the shape of a man.
Eleanor Shellstrop: Can you just chill? I don't want to turn dad's funeral into a roast.
Donna Shellstrop: I'm not. I'm just saying he sucked. I mean, the only photo they could get of him was a mugshot.
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a big fat baby..
15 June 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews

The Good Place

Michael Schur, the creator, of this PG-13 hellish facade, has a similar concept to those yogurt shops that his world is surrounded by, a bit questionable and a whole lot of fun. The bumpy ride of this train has had its ups and downs, but its potential always outweighs the inadequacies with a soothing mellow tone. The writing is not consistently of A grade quality. Especially, when it has to stroll its viewers for few laughs or tears. The storytelling, that is, the arc or the trajectory of these characters that they are following so hastily is clearly impressive. And the credit goes to the creator whose vision has always stood by him.

Despite the precarious detours, cliched emotional conflicts and seen-this-seen-that flips and turns, the storytelling is thoroughly engaging and catchy. So what is it that makes this under-funded (looking at the production set pieces and visual effects) cheesy teaching-to-the-choir philosophy lectures entertaining? It is the bold decisions that those same writers keeps making. Bold as in, not that they aren't aware of where this might go but it certainly is jaw-dropping, but bold as in, they are challenging themselves immensely.

While as far as the locations are concerned, all they have done smartly is kept the options finite and boundaries shorter in order to break them further as they advance in the series. The challenge is to actually weave out a profound piece of ethical note from the day-to-day conflicts of these characters. Which is how they usually showcase the human-ness of them, no matter how spooky the situation is, or whether they are at The Good Place or the bad place, they would always fight for better sprinkles in their yogurts.

Existential Crisis

It is not only challenging but something that would keep both the audience and writers at the brisk of their seat. They are to grasp something beyond themselves, the mortal-immortal conflict may not be resolved but surely is put up front.

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