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“The Good Place” shows that a comedy can also tackle morality

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TO AN outsider, “The Good Place” might seem like gibberish. One character is a cheerful omniscient being that lives in a void and is capable of materialising anything. Another is a sour-faced bureaucrat and immortal demon improbably named Sean. Frozen yogurt is the most popular food in Heaven. And in a recent episode, four friends emerge from Hell and humble themselves before a burrito in the hope of escaping eternal torment, before discovering, as Freud might say, that sometimes a burrito is only a burrito. But not only is “The Good Place”—which airs its second season finale on February 1st—bizarre, hilarious and smart in its approach to morality and the afterlife. It redefines the parameters of comedic sitcoms.   

The show is created by Michael Schur, whose network cable credentials are well-established. He got his start writing for “Saturday Night Live” before producing and writing “The Office” (US), which defined a certain vein of early-2000s awkward comedy. Mr Schur pushed the format with “Parks and…Continue reading

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