September 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm #1201925256
Episode 1.01: Everything is Fine (Pilot)
Due to an error, Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), an ordinary woman from Arizona, enters the afterlife and is sent to the Good Place – which is definitely not where she belongs. While hiding in plain sight from Michael (Ted Danson), its wise architect who is unaware he’s made a mistake, she’s determined to shed her old way of living and discover the awesome person within. Helping Eleanor navigate her new surroundings are Chidi, her kind, open-hearted “soulmate” who sees the good in people but finds himself facing quite a dilemma; her frustratingly perfect new neighbors, Tahani and Jianyu; and Janet, a walking, talking source for all the knowledge in the universe.
Episode 1.02: Flying
Eleanor tries to prove to Chidi that she’s worthy of his help. Tahani and Jianyu try to help Michael feel better about the unknown flaw in his Neighborhood.September 19, 2016 at 7:32 pm #1201925299
Won’t get a chance to watch tonight, but will get to it. Huge fans of Bell, Danson and Schur, and the reviews are pretty solidSeptember 20, 2016 at 6:38 am #1201925442
The reviews are great for this (78 metacritic, 85% RT) so will definitely be catching up as soon as I can. Did anyone watch last night?September 20, 2016 at 8:01 am #1201925462
Can’t say that I watch too much network fare but I love Parks and think B99 is actually pretty underrated (count me among the few that is happy with Braugher’s perennial nominations) so I wanted to check this out. Even though the pilot was an hour long, it still felt a bit rushed somehow? Pilots are hardly ever the strongest representation of a sitcom, especially a traditional network sitcom so I am not judging it too harshly. Danson is giving a very different performance than we are used to seeing from him and Bell was charming but not particularly remarkable. I worry about being able to invest in a character that (thus far) doesn’t have much emotional depth. Overall, some sharp jokes and an inventive concept but didn’t grab me. Won’t be tuning in weekly but may binge at some point later on if I’m looking for something light. My Grade: B.September 20, 2016 at 12:47 pm #1201925565
This is cute, but hardly something I’d want to watch weekly. It’s really a silly show with the same tone as TVLand’s Impastor.September 20, 2016 at 2:45 pm #1201925621
Love Kristen Bell, love Ted Danson, so I will of course give it a chance for serveal episodes. The Pilot would have to SUCK for me to stay away.
However, I’m already annoyed because Paul will of course call this the best show ever just because Kristen Bell is in it. Regardless of quality.September 22, 2016 at 9:49 am #1201926159
Finally watched this today and honestly I’m no feeing it.September 22, 2016 at 10:07 am #1201926168
Episode 1.03: Tahani al-Jamil
Chidi begins formally teaching Eleanor about ethics, and lesson No. 1 is; be kind to your neighbor. Michael and Janet help Chidi find a new, exciting hobby.September 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm #1201926234
Watched the first 2 episodes . Kristen Bell is very good, so is Ted Danson. Some great ideas on it, and like I think alsmot everyone I don’t know how long the principal idea of the show will last but I’m sure the writers got some good stuff in mind. Really loved it.September 22, 2016 at 1:51 pm #1201926259
I really like Kristen Bell, and I’ll always give Michael Schur a shot because I adore Parks and Rec, but I really didn’t like this. Something about it feels really off to me. I’m giving it a few more episodes, but something was off here. There were some funny jokes, but the execution is not landing properly. Shame.September 22, 2016 at 5:51 pm #1201926318
Michael Schur did The Office. Alan Yang did Master of None. I guess that I only like them separately. The huge effects sequence was embarrassing. Having a huge effects sequence is inherently a bad idea when you are working with a network sitcom budget and setting it to Ariana Grande only made things more hokey (without being funny).September 22, 2016 at 11:36 pm #1201926537
Had a free hour so I watched it. It actually started very promising. The life after death was always a concept that I’ve found fascinating and to mix it with black humor worked for me. The best scene was the opening sequence on the table where they discussed the format of death and which religion had the best guess about life afterwards.
Then it got really repetitive as it went on, suffered from showing truly unnecessary and unfunny flashbacks, underlining the same things over and over, and playing the fantasy card too often and in silly ways. Maybe airing both episodes back to back was a bad idea? They need to work on the characters(the show’s biggest problem) give them more interesting qualities and even bring on more juicy characters. The show suddenly becomes an absolute chore when the lead isn’t on screen or not at the focus because everyone else feels like a robot. So far I haven’t seen an awardworthy performance and I doubt I will, but Danson has the most colorful character to play with. Bell is just fine and can get a GG nomination knowing their obsession with new things, and I would be more than okay with that.
Was more consistent and cohesive than Scream Queens, and more original than The Speechless. And it is too cute for me to drop it. Will be watching the whole season.September 23, 2016 at 1:59 pm #1201926848
It’s VERY promising (Michael Schur, Kristen Bell, Ted danson, the writers and directors), but there was something kind of off in these first few episodes. I didn’t laugh as much as I would expect to.
However, a certain OTHER of Mike Schur’s comedies (cough PARKS cough AND cough RECREATION cough) took a whole season to become one of the best ever. So I’ll be giving it the benefit of the doubt and sticking with it.
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