2020 Emmy predictions: The Good Place will take home the Best Comedy award
September 17, 2020 3:06:06 AM
Michael Shur’s The Good Place is a comedy TV series that says more about the stuff that matters than your normal sitcom. It deals with serious topics like death, mortality, morality, life after morality, distinguishing between good and evil in an entertaining and non-ecclesiastical way.
The Good Place Center on a woman, foul-mouthed Ellenor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), who finds herself in The Good Place during her lifetime. This is where good people go after they die. Oh, but this is the only one who knows he can’t be like, um, good after all.
To live in a place that is a community of scores of good people, who did good deeds to spend eternity in this paradise, she hides her true identity, who is a selfish, reckless and uncivilized loner.
Through its four seasons, The Good Place threw some real surprises, most of which I didn’t see coming. The lead characters are so well written and entangled that by the end, when I said goodbye to the series, I knew them as my closest friends. There are lots and lots of character development and a fairly strong number of the lead characters are well juggled by the writers. It’s like taking a glimpse into the life (or the aftermath?) Of a group of attractive real-life people.
It helps that each of the cast, of which only one pair appears for the episode, gives a great performance. Ted Danson, Kristen Bell and William Jackson Harper, in particular, are powerhouse artists who really make you believe their characters. Danson, in particular, sounds like someone who was born to play the role of Michael, the architect of The Good Place.
The show blends comedy and philosophy so well that you’ll often find it hard to think or think about laughter. Also, The Good Place knows that it is not just fun to say complicated things (A la The Big Bang Theory), and in fact there should be something funny about jokes. Otherwise, it would not be a joke.
The Good Place is also optimistic despite some existential and serious themes that you discover, and teaches you to be a good person (again, not specifically asking to be one). Michael says at one point, “I had a friend who said that whenever he was doing something bad, he would hear this little voice in his head … the distant little voice used to say, ‘Oh , Now come on. You know it’s wrong. ‘And then when she started doing good things, that voice went away. It was a relief. “
The Good Place should receive an Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series.
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