Follows Eleanor Shellstrop (“House of Lies,” “Veronica Mars”), an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife and is sent to the Good Place instead of the Bad Place due to some kind of error (which is definitely where she belongs). While hiding Good Place Architect Michael (Ted Danson — “Cheers,” “CSI” — in an Emmy Award-nominated performance), she is determined to shed her old way of living and earn her spot.
I love this show, easy to watch, random banter, all the works! Well, did you know some of these star-filming and behind-the-scenes facts? Let’s dig inside!
- Before the big spin was revealed in Season 1—that the actors were in the Bad Place—the color red was managed to avoid in all set designs and costumes to avoid any unintentional connections with the devil/hell.
- The premiere episode, The Good Place: Pilot (2016), attracted 8.04 million viewers.
- The frozen yogurt they eat is actually mashed potatoes.
- All of Eleanor’s shrimps are fake, as actress Kristen Bell is vegetarian. Bell described them as “rubber nuggets” painted as shrimps (although the various dipping sauces are real).
- All The Good Place coffee cups are green, saying The Good Place.
- Bad Janet’s outfit was inspired by Sandy’s post-makeover look in Grease.
- Nick Offerman was offered the role of Shawn but ended up rejecting it.
- The set design across the board demonstrated remarkable attention to detail – all Chidi’s notes were genuine, fact-checked by the show’s philosophy advisors.
- Eleanor’s search history is very revealing (and, dare I say, relatable).
- Everyone Meets Their Soulmate On Day One, When viewers later join the program, it’s easy to forget how many relationships started. It could surprise some fans to remember that on their very first day there, all new post-life entries find their soulmate. It’s a little surprising when watching the first time, as it seemed people would naturally have to find each other when they were alive.
- On little Europe set at universal studios, the all chocolate everything store is actually the restrooms for the VIP tour.
- When pursuing this project, executive producer Michael Schur consulted Lost (2004) executive producer Damon Lindelof on world-building.
- The only actors of whom the great revelation of the first season finale, producer Michael Schur, was Kristen Bell and Ted Danson.
- NBC aired a special show after the series finale. This after-show was hosted by Seth Meyers and eventually toasted each other’s main characters.
- Michael (Ted Danson): Immortality: As an Immortal Being, Michael cannot die. The only known way the “killed” Extra-Dimensional Vision could “Eternal Shriek” him is: Michael can see in 9 different dimensions. Memory manipulation: can delete any human’s memories.
- Reality Warping: Michael happily can shift the afterlife reality to what he wishes, but this is most likely confined to the neighborhood he built himself. Simulation projection: Michael can create any kind of artificial simulation he likes, no matter how complex.