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THE GOOD PLACE
September 13, 2018  | By David Bianculli  | 1 comment

NBC, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

This is NBC’s best current comedy series, by a long shot, and one of the few broadcast TV series right now that competes in quality with the best cable and streaming shows. It returns with its Season 3 premiere Sept. 27, so it’s commendable that NBC, just before the new season begins, is devoting some of its prime time to promoting The Good Place, and repeating episodes from Season 2 so that new and recent converts can get up to speed. Showing four episodes tonight, from 8-10 p.m. ET, is a great move. But The Good Place is a show that reveals itself in a continuing narrative, with each episode built upon what’s happened before. So for NBC to show four episodes out of sequence – that’s the opposite of commendable. Tonight, NBC presents these Season 2 episodes, in this order: episode 2, episode 5, episode 6, and episode 10. The only conclusion is that NBC, for this clever series, is not The Good Place at all.

 
 
 
 
 
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Neil
Netflix has the entire Season 1 and Season 2 package, 26 episodes in all, available for streaming right now. Season 2 just came online a week or two ago. (Since the episodes, stripped of commercials, only run 20-21 minutes each, you can catch up on an entire season in about three hours of "couch potato" time. Which I did last week.) IMHO, this is a really smart comedy, with a lot of "low-and-inside" humor that requires you to pay attention.
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Memikeyounot
I love The Good Place and am glad the eps are short so I can rewatch them if I don't quite get it the first time. Which has happened more than once
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