The Good Place, Season One

The Good Place, Season One

DVD - 2017
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The show follows Eleanor Shellstrop, an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife and, thanks to some kind of error, is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place, which is definitely where she belongs. While hiding in plain sight from Michael, the wise architect of the Good Place who doesn't know he's made a mistake, she's determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome, or at least the pretty good, person within.
Publisher: [Los Angeles, California] :, Shout! Factory,, 2017.
Branch Call Number: DVD Good Season1
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (375 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby digital 5.1, rda
NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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List - Emmy's 2020
JCLCaitlinT Sep 22, 2020

Outstanding Comedy Series - nominee, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Ted Danson) - nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (D'Arcy Carden) - nominee, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (William Jackson Harper) - nominee

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JCLHeatherC Sep 17, 2020

There just aren't enough words to describe what a joy this show was to watch. Funny and poignant; smart and silly, I really am going to miss this show.

List - My Top 10 of 2018
JCLJoshN Dec 28, 2018

I came to The Good Place a little late, but I'm so very glad I did. There is no exploration of philosophy, ethics, and morality as hilarious as this show.


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1_old_BookWyrm
Sep 29, 2020

Well it's supposed to be a light sitcom, and that's what it is. No brainpower needed, and best left behind. it's cute, stupid, original in a dumb way. I wanted to love it, but I lost interest after 2 episodes and left it alone after 3. Not sure who the target audience is, young and shallow I'd guess.

It actually is original, but the star female role is not really likable although I'm sure eventually we're supposed to root for her transformation, her misbegotten soulmate is just so wrong for her. Miss perfect is only annoying. Don't hate her because she's beautiful. The angel that Ted Danson plays is so painfully stupid and insecure that I found it impossible to swallow as a supposed angel. I mean... angels are make believe, but even as such, they have a REPUTATION to uphold! We ALL know what they're SUPPOSED to be like, advanced beings.

It's just too ridiculously stupid. But maybe you'll find that funny.

JCLHeatherC Sep 17, 2020

There just aren't enough words to describe what a joy this show was to watch. Funny and poignant; smart and silly, I really am going to miss this show.

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iloveseaotters
Aug 01, 2020

I had always been curious about this show so I'm glad I finally got to see it. Started with Season 1, episode 1. What a huge disappointment with the stupid dialogue and the constant "non-swear" words that came out of Kristen Bell's mouth. I could barely get through the first episode and I I definitely won't be watching any more.

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mikemarotta
Jun 26, 2020

We enjoyed The Good Place. We watched it on disc and look forward to the release of Season 4. The show’s chatty dialogs on moral philosophy were pleasant and satisfying. The characters were engaging. We cared about what happened to them. It would be nice if The Good Place brought philosophy into the cultural mainstream something like what Star Trek’s original series did for science fiction. Like ST:OS, The Good Place had its flaws. And they are easy to overlook.

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Caro12
Oct 22, 2019

We are enjoying this. Has a twist. Gotta see what happens next.

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gates2
Sep 13, 2019

Smart writing and chipper performances make this fun to enjoy. Despite its philosophical conversation, it feels pretty sit-com light, but the undertones of the writing goes deeper which is a nice surprise. A nice mesh of characters and interesting plot twists add stimulations. A downside would be the age of the main cast, there's no one over what looks like 30, except for the stellar Danson. I understand that's the market demographic but it'd be nice to see some age diversity, esp since they have that in the cast ethnics (not ethic (wink)!).

SJPL_MeganH Sep 04, 2019

A story about a woman who was told she was sent to a blissful afterlife by mistake due to her sharing the same name as the person who was supposed to be sent there.

This show continually surprised me during the first (and second, and so far the third) seasons and is not at all afraid to flip everything you think is happening upside down and hit "Blend." The characters are flawed but show great, slow development and there are some surprisingly touching moments in between all of the jokes.

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samcmar
Nov 29, 2018

One of the funniest shows I've watched in a long time. This has one of the best ensemble casts to date, and Ted Danson alone is a hilarious joy to watch.

ikki_likki Nov 23, 2018

Oh the joy. The Good Place is one of those surprises. At first glance I just thought, oh, nifty concept, it won't follow through. But it does, keeping you on your toes as it ducks and weaves through weird and wonderful plot shifts.

LPL_SarahM Sep 23, 2018

Forking great.

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olive_panda_87
Aug 21, 2020

Can't watch but will remind me to watch when I'm older.

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jimg2000
Mar 04, 2018

In my defense, when I first arrived, and you said, "You, Eleanor Shellstrop, are dead, and you're in the Good Place," I had no reason to think that was a mistake.
-Location and date of birth, please.
Phoenix, Arizona, October 14, 1986... So sorry, that's what I used to tell people when I lied about my age. I was born in 1982.
-You lied so much, you forgot your own birthday.
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And unless I can figure out a compelling reason to keep you here, you will spend eternity with murderers, and arsonists, and people who take off their shoes and socks on commercial airlines.
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There's no such thing as a mistake in this realm. And yet, you are, somehow, a mistake. I mean, you're a giant chunk of spinach in the teeth of the universe. I need to understand every facet of this disaster. Tell me a lie about yourself. Any lie.
- I love the opera.
And now a truth.
I love Women's MMA.

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jimg2000
Mar 04, 2018

She's definitely one of ours. So we'll just roll on out, and you can get back to, uh, putting rainbows up your butt or whatever you do here.
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Kant would say that lying in any scenario is wrong, so if Michael asks you if you killed Janet, you should say yes.
-On the other hand, snitches do get stitches.
That is true. I read that once on the back of my boy Peanut's tricep.
-You just casually cited Immanuel Kant.
Yeah, I know we're in a miserable bind here, but this might be the proudest day of my life
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Jianyu, I wish I had your wisdom. Your devotion to the noble truths has given you something that I don't have: clarity.
-It was Buddha who said, "The man lives a pure life. Nothing can destroy him."
I'm not a man, and I've lived no life, so will this destroy me? Ouch.
-Oh, of course. A cactus on its own intends no harm. It's only when we interfere that it becomes dangerous.
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I can't believe you sold the t-shirts.
-Does it help if they basically sold themselves?

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jimg2000
Mar 04, 2018

I just want to say, once more, for the record, that this whole good/bad system is bullshirt. There should be a medium place for people like me who kind of sucked, but in, like, a fun, chill way.
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I just want to say, once more, for the record, that this whole good/bad system is bullshirt.
There should be a medium place for people like me who kind of sucked, but in, like, a fun, chill way.
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Every day was basically one endless baby shower for a woman I didn't know, but also somehow I had to organize it. And if I didn't remember everyone's name, I got a very strong electric shock.
-Yep, that was my pitch.
And then at night, it was pretty classic torture. Uh, flying piranhas, lava monsters, college improv, and there was always jazz music playing.
-Ugh, I hate jazz. Every jazz song is like 40 minutes long. It's like, we get it. You can blow on a trumpet. Wrap it up, Elton John.
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Oh, man, these horndogs are vibing like mofos.

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jimg2000
Mar 04, 2018

She's like a perfect ball of light, and you're like a wet pile of mulch. Someone made a person out of wet mulch and leaves and, like, dead slugs, and that's you.
-Whatever, it's easy when you're just born perfect. My parents were both dirtbags who split up when I was eight.
I don't mean to eavesdrop, but did you say your parents got a divorce? Yeah, and that kind of thing really changes a person. I mean, that trauma It can explain away a lot of behavior.
-Oh, of course.
Your parents are still together, I guess.
-Oh, actually, um, I I'm not sure. I never met my birth parents. They put me in an empty fish tank and abandoned me at a train station in Bangladesh. Luckily, I was found and adopted by a very nice couple, the Shellstrops
Oh, thank God.
- But then they died when I was four bird flu.
That's awful.
- Anyway, orphanage burned down, yadda yadda yadda, made my way to America, yadda yadda yadda, learned English from watching "Seinfeld," put myself through law school, and here I am.

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jimg2000
Mar 04, 2018

He taught me about Plato - and Socrates, Immanuel Kant
- Yeah, cool, shut up. Let's cut to the chase here You two go to Poundtown? Poundtown, bro. You two bang it out? She hot for teach? Did you pork the dork? C'mon, girl, dish me dem dirty deets.
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Hey, a bunch of us are gonna go see "Spider-Man 2" tonight. Do you want to come?
-They made a second "Spider-Man"? What is there left to say?
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I just have to be more accommodating. Offer them everything they want, give in to all of their demands, and then they'll have to respect me.
-No, you need to stand up for yourself. I'm going to tell you the same thing that I told Mark Zuckerberg right before he ousted Eduardo Saverin. You are smart, you are capable, and the time has come to hit "unfriend." I also told Mark to lose the "the". Just "Facebook." That was me.
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You can summon every evil creature you have, every weapon in your arsenal, every four-headed flying bear they have them down there but we are not giving up.

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jimg2000
Mar 04, 2018

Number five is number one. Number seven is number two. Number three and number four are tied for number three.
-What are you talking about?
I'm ranking my favorite "Fast and the Furious" movies. You said you wanted to know who I am, and this is the best way to get to know me.
-No, it isn't. You could tell me your real name, for starters.
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And is, uh, that a family member?
-I wish. That's Ariana Grande, the sexiest woman alive.
You wish that you were related to a woman you want to have sex with.
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Listen, I don't need the Chidi who once had a panic attack during Rock-Paper-Scissors because there were, and I quote, "just too many variables."
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No, Chidi, true love is rare, like a desert flower betwixt two oases, but true love's also very simple. And right now, I'm just a girl towering over a boy asking him to admit he loves me.
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What's up, Carson Daly? My name is Jason. I wanna give a shout-out to all my homies up in Jacksonville.

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jimg2000
Mar 04, 2018

Figured you two charlatans would sniff each other out like two mangy rats sharing a pizza crust in a sewer.
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Jianyu is a hot dummy, definitely my type. We both love to dance. We were both banned from public transit systems in our cities.
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I'd like to read a poem. “Janet, my digital queen. Janet, we can dare to dream. Send nude pics of your heart to me. Jacksonville Jaguars rule!"
-Jason, when I was rebooted, and I lost all my knowledge, I was confused and disoriented, but you were always kind to me. And according to the central theme of 231,600 songs, movies, poems, and novels that I researched for these vows in the last three seconds, that's what love's all about.
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And yes, we do have the sort of connection that only two highly educated, sophisticates could have, but it's not true love.
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I do love you, but I think more in a best friend afterlife savior kind of way. I'm not so much "hot for teacher" as I am "eternally grateful for semi-cute, surprisingly ripped teacher."

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jimg2000
Mar 04, 2018

Pillboi, let's talk big picture. You know I love Jacksonville. J-town. It's easily one of the top ten swamp cities in northeastern Florida, but if we're gonna make it in the DJ game, we gotta get to Miami.
-Miami's expensive. We just don't got that skrilla, B. I mean, I got ten bucks to my name, and I spent eight of it on this burrito, and the other two on guac.
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I wasn't a failed DJ. I was pre-successful.
-And you two are married.
Hells yeah, homie. We love each other. She makes the bass drop in my heart.
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That is Sachveer, and his problem with me is Oh, one of the giraffes (the 6-footer over achiever) tried to hump him.
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Hey, um why don't you want me to see Janet? I'm a good guy. All I want is to give Janet the life she deserves.
-Janet is not built for human life, and I'm not sure you're much of a provider.

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jimg2000
Mar 04, 2018

She's a great person. I don't know what to do. I mean, we are soul mates, so I probably do love her, but then again, how do I know if my motivation is correct? Maybe I think I'm supposed to love her, but if I tell her that I love her for the wrong reasons, it won't mean anything.
-You have a tendency to over-think things. Turn off that giant brain, and just say you love her too.
- You think?
If this were some random person you hooked up with at a Diamondbacks game in the parking lot behind the port-a-potties not based on a real example I would say keep mulling, but this is your soul mate. She's Universe-approved.
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My motivation is corrupt. Even when I do nice things, I'm only doing them so I can get something out of it, the ability to stay here, which means none of this had any real moral value. It doesn't count. Holy shirt.

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