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We're all going to die. Well, maybe not the Scientologists and at least one person from the Planet Zeist is going to live forever (if he wants). But the rest of us are going to kark it at some point.
What happens next is a matter of debate, with numerous religions promising all manner of outcomes, most of which are incompatible with one another. Who's right? After all, it's kind of important, don't you think?
Well, according to The Good Place, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Islam et al have got it about 5% right. The person in all of recorded history who managed to guess most accurately was a Canadian stoner called Doug who got high on mushrooms in the 70s and got it about 92% right.
It turns out, though, that it's not whom you worship or how many blood sacrifices you make each week that counts - it's the quality and number of the good things and bad things you've done that on balance contribute to your final destination. And to get to The Good Place, you have to have done an awful lot of extremely good things, because it's very, very exclusive. Unlike The Bad Place. And you don't want to go to The Bad Place.
This is the dilemma facing Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Gossip Girl, Party Down, House of Lies, Frozen) when she dies and finds herself in The Good Place. She actually wasn't a good person at all, having been rather selfish, as well as impressively good at selling fraudulent medical products to the elderly. But a mix-up with a human rights lawyer who also did volunteer work in the Ukraine means that she's now gone to a much better place than she deserves - an exclusive new neighbourhood in The Good Place created by newly promoted afterlife apprentice Ted Danson (Cheers, CSI, CSI: Cyber, Bored To Death), one that's filled with whatever your heart desires, particularly frozen yoghurt outlets. Here, she can learn to fly, go to parties and never have hangovers, and live with her soul mate in her dream home. Well, someone else's soul mate and dream home - it is a mix-up, after all.
Trouble is that this utopia is precisely engineered for good people, but before even a day's passed, Bell's stealing things, thinking bad thoughts and generally doing the sorts of things that should have had her going to The Bad Place. She is the snake in this particular Garden of Eden, and before you know it, it's raining garbage, giant stolen shrimp are hurtling through the sky, giraffes are roaming free and everyone's dressed like bees.
If she's to avoid being found out and sent 'elsewhere', Bell has no choice but to work together with her alleged soulmate, Senegalese ethics professor William Jackson Harper, to learn how to be a good person. But it's going to be hard going - and somebody else already knows she doesn't belong there…
Here's a trailer. I promise it's not stolen. Much.