We have sad news: after four seasons, NBC’s The Good Place has ended. Thankfully, fans and critics alike adored the finale and think showrunners have made the right decision to end it! Let’s bid goodbye to a phenomenal and smart sitcom…
The Good Place Ends
Last week, we bid goodbye to NBC’s, or if you’re watching outside of the United States Netflix’s, The Good Place. The show not only became a hit on NBC in the States but also found universal love on the streaming service. Now, however, it’s over. Creator Michael Schur (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks And Recreations) decided to end things, wanting to leave it on a high note. So, he simply ended it instead of stretch out the plot.
“I would rather it go out in the world and rattle around a little bit before I jump in and start yelling and screaming about why we did what we did,” the Schur said in an interview.
High Acclaimed and Watched
For those who missed out, The Good Place is considered a “fantasy comedy.” It takes place in a sort-of-Heaven-slash-Utopia where people go after leading a righteous life. However, the show’s main character, Eleanor Shellstrop, portrayed by Kristen Bell, realizes that she’s in the titular Good Place by mistake. In fact, in life, she was quite a bad person! So, in the Good Place, Eleanor attempts to become a good person, while hiding her “imperfect” past. Major stars like Ted Danson and Jameela Jamil round out the incredible cast.
Over the years, The Good Place won several awards and earned a whopping six Emmy nominations. Overall, it’s extremely loved by fans and critics. And, while many felt sad to see the show go, they praised Schur for his smart decision to end it where he did, unlike many other series that ended way too late. Cough cough, Game of Thrones…
Saying Goodbye to The Good Place
Not only did The Good Place end at the right time but, unlike many finales, fans and critics adored the show’s final episode. While it might seem like The Good Place would usually cover death, it more often covered life, showing what happens when we aren’t good people in life.
However, the show’s ending covered death just as much as life. While we won’t spoil anything, the main characters face some significant changes to their afterlife experience at the end of the show. In the end, they must say goodbye, not unlike when someone loses a loved one in real life. But The Good Place tells viewers death is nothing to fear. Ultimately, Eleanor tells another character, Chidi, life and death are like a wave and the ocean: “It’s a wave,” she says. “And then it crashes on the shore, and it’s gone. But the water is still there. The wave was just a different way for the water to be for a little while. That’s one conception of death for a Buddhist. The wave returns to the ocean, where it came from, and where it’s supposed to be.”
The Good Place crossed countries, language barriers, and religion as it isn’t about god, a belief system, or faith. It’s about the human craving for life, for living to the fullest, and all the hardships we go through because of our fear of death. The Good Place was able to capture the rawest, most humane moments even though it was a “fantasy” set in the afterlife.