A Good Place for philosophical conundrums

(From left) Actors Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper and Ted Danson in The Good Place.
(From left) Actors Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper and Ted Danson in The Good Place. PHOTO: NBCUNIVERSAL MEDIA

The Good Place has the kind of cult following you would not expect for a comedy set in the afterlife and tackling some of the biggest issues in ethics and philosophy - the sort where fans gleefully quote catchphrases and trade memes online.

Indeed, the unlikely success of the show - which hired a philosophy professor to vet its ideas - surprised even its creator Mike Schur and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 09, 2019, with the headline 'A Good Place for philosophical conundrums'. Print Edition | Subscribe