Lessons from “The Good Place”
Date(s) - Wednesday, December 9, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lessons from “The Good Place”: Jewish Views on Life and the After-Life with Rabbi Israel
“The Good Place” is an American fantasy comedy television series created by Michael Schur. It premiered on NBC on September 19, 2016, and concluded on January 30, 2020 after four seasons and 53 episodes.
Although the story greatly evolves over the course of the series, the original premise follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), a woman welcomed after her death to “the Good Place”, a highly selective Heaven-like utopia designed and run by afterlife “architect” Michael (Ted Danson) as a reward for her righteous life. However, she realizes that she was sent there by mistake and must hide her morally imperfect past behavior while trying to become a better and more ethical person. William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, and Manny Jacinto co-star as other residents of the Good Place, alongside D’Arcy Carden as Janet, an artificial being who assists the residents.
The Good Place received critical acclaim for its writing, acting, originality, setting, and tone. The show’s exploration and creative use of ethics and philosophy have been positively singled out. Among other accolades, the series has received a Peabody Award and three Hugo Awards for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. It has also been nominated for fourteen Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series for its third and fourth seasons.