A Good Show, A Fresh Take on Sitcoms

The Good Place is one of my favourite TV shows because it puts an innovative spin on the regular sitcom.

In screenwriting we’re often taught to create our characters with flaws that they need to work on so they can actually have something to learn from by the end.

However, in The Good Place, our main character Eleanor Shellstrop’s flaw is literally that she is a bad person trying to earn her spot in the good place by becoming a good person.

It’s all about morals and ethics, which can often be hard to pull off if you want to keep the humour without being cheesy but The Good Place does a perfect job.

The plot of the show flips this trope on the head by somehow externalising the flaws through creating literal representations of Eleanor’s internal imperfections.

Other than this mouthful of words, The Good Place is just a good show to watch if you’re wanting a philosophical look at ethics and religion, to tackle some pretty big ethical dilemmas we may or may not often think about or just a good ol’ laugh.

If you’re thinking about giving this show a try and are generally a fan of sitcom’s, have a watch of this video ‘How the Good Place redefines the sitcom’, because it gives an interesting and creative look on how shows of this genre are evolving (don’t worry, there’s no spoilers).

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  • Jay Evans

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    Jay Evans has spent the last 8 years working as a film editor, 4 of which have been with The Initiative Production Company. In his spare time he enjoys music, comedy, experimental cooking and getting lost in the woods.

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