Netflix a Good Place for Heavenly Comedy

Arguably the best comedy series to emerge from the 2016/17 US season today has a double-banger debut on Netflix.

The Good Place has bypassed broadcasters and Sky for the streaming service, with all of season one available to view from today, along with episode one of season two (which will stream weekly within hours of its NBC broadcast).

But because of the brilliant twist that concludes season one, don’t dip into season two until you’ve binged on the first.

Created by Michael Schur (Brooklyn Nine-NineParks and RecreationMaster of None), it stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson in a fantasy about a woman who tries to live a better life in the afterlife after being mistakenly sent to “The Good Place” rather than “The Bad Place” (where she really belongs).

“Mike Schur has always had one of the most fertile and imaginative minds in comedy, but what he brought us with the first season of The Good Place was just extraordinary,” NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said in a press release when announcing the show’s renewal.

“We absolutely can’t wait to see where these characters go, literally, in season two. A big thank you to Mike, the writers and cast for delivering a series in which we all take such enormous pride.”

In its rookie season, The Good Place averaged a 1.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.1 million viewers overall in “live plus seven day” figures from Nielsen Media Research, improving the timeslot by +36% over NBC’s Thursday 8:30 average last season. The show’s Jan. 19 season finale delivered 5.2 million viewers after three days of time-shifted and video-on-demand viewing, for the show’s biggest L+3 audience since Oct. 27.

The Good Place also generated a strong upscale audience, indexing at a 135 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).

Critics raved about the first season and had especially high praise for the head-turning season finale.

  • Variety: “I feel grateful for a show that is, at its heart, so sincere and earnest while also very focused on its mission to entertain. We need that.”
  • Vulture: “The Good Place has already made a convincing case that it deserves an award for most flawlessly executed TV twist of the year.”
  • Entertainment Weekly: “Ted Danson, living legend, was divine … Kristen Bell is pitch-perfect.”
  • The New York Times: “The most acclaimed new network comedy of the fall.”

The acclaim hasn’t stopped with critics saluting the season two premiere: “In take two, the series solidifies its status as the most intellectually engaging comedy on television” (New York); “proves it’s still able to surprise, while staying rooted in ideas that make it more than the sum of its twists” (New York Times); “The Good Place is still TV heaven” (The Atlantic).

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3 Responses to “Netflix a Good Place for Heavenly Comedy”

  1. Is this still worth watching even if you’ve been spoiled on the twist?

  2. It sounds like a fun show, I love it when Netflix add shows we haven’t seen in New Zealand 🙂

  3. I’m really enjoying The Good Place, it’s so darn funny, clever and brilliant. Kristen Bell is wonderful as always 🙂

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