The Good Place Season 2 premieres September 20, 10pm on NBC.
The finale of The Good Place’s excellent freshman season shattered the show’s premise. Rest assured, the story remains hilarious.
At the end of last season, we learned that Eleanor and the gang were actually in a proto-Bad Place run by Michael. Michael wiped the characters’ memories, starting the whole arch over again. It seemed as the though the show had sacrificed a coherent second season for one shocking moment. Luckily, the writers have made this season’s opening episodes not only a structural feat, but dang-good TV.
In the premiere, Michael’s boss gives him one more chance to get his hell experiment right. Without spoiling anything, I’ll just say it does not go well.
This season had a lot to live up to. The show takes many narrative risks, but they pay off. Seeing the different variations of the world we saw last year is clever, and a lot of callbacks and self-referential humor really lightens the mood.
For fans of The Office, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation, The Good Place will satisfy your need for a great NBC comedy.
I give The Good Place an A-.