‘The Good Place’ Boss on Reaching the Titular Location, Finding It’s a ‘Bummer’

Variety | 1/1/2020 | Danielle Turchiano
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SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Patty,” the penultimate episode of “The Good Place.”

The titular good place on Mike Schur’s philosophical comedy “The Good Place” isn’t a literal place at all but instead a state of mind.

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Sure, after four seasons (50 episodes) the characters on the show did take a hot balloon ride to heaven — although the show doesn’t call it that — but when they got there, they quickly realized it was not all it had been cracked up to be. Instead, what would make the time there worth spending was that the souls there believed they could choose when that time came to an end.

Did “The Good Place” just promote death with dignity?

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“When you come up with an idea that is based purely in philosophy, you can help but think about death with dignity, you can’t help but think about the way that people exist on Earth and the choices they sometimes need to make when their lives are in decline or in crisis. It certainly does touch on that; there’s no question that we talked about that a lot — we looked at all of the different political and philosophical ramifications of that idea,” Schur tells Variety.

In the penultimate episode of “The Good Place,” entitled “Patty,” Michael (Ted Danson), the humans he was once in charge of torturing, and the afterlife’s assistant, Janet (D’Arcy Carden) found the inhabitants of the good place in such dire straits that the committee in charge of it defected their posts, tricking Michael into signing a document to becoming the new leader. Meanwhile, the rest of the souls had been there for thousands of years and “when perfection goes on forever, you become this glass-eyed mush person,” said ancient philosopher and mathematician Hypatia of Alexandria (played...
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