Mark, Erica, and Brian discuss Michael Schur’s NBC TV show. Is it good? (Yes, or we wouldn’t be covering it?) Is it actually a sit-com? Does it effectively teach philosophy? What did having actual philosophers on the staff (after season one) contribute, and was that enough? We talk TV finales, the dramatic impact of the show’s convoluted structure, the puzzle of heaven being death, and more.
Here are a few articles to get you warmed up:
- “The Good Place’s Final Twist” by Karthryn VanArendonk
- “The Good Place Was a Metaphor All Along” by Sophie Gilbert
- “The Two Philosophers Who Cameoed in the Good Place Finale on What They Made of Its Ending” by Sam Adams
- “5 Moral Philosophy Concepts Featured on The Good Place” by Ellen Gutoskey
If you like the show, you should also check out The Official Good Place Podcast, especially the interviews with Schur himself. There are also supplementary educational videos with professor Todd May like this one on existentialism.
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