Fans of NBC’s hit show The Good Place will remember January 2020 as a particularly sad month. The Good Place’s cast and crew have decided to move on to other projects after four seasons. In ending the series while the writing was still fresh and funny, the loyal fan base was still present, and the characters could still grow as people, the show did the right thing. After only a few months without it, I’m already missing The Good Place and its colorful, endearing cast of misfits. Fortunately, the world of television is vast and unending. There are a plethora of shows available on streaming services that could potentially fill the void left by The Good Place on television.
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Some of the key elements that made The Good Place such a memorable, enjoyable, and distinctive sitcom can be found in these series:
1. Dead Like Me
Dead Like Me is about a group of grim reapers tasked with the task of removing a soul from a body just before it expires. It follows Gergia (Ellen Muth) and her friends Rube (Mandy Patinkin), Mason (Callum Blue), Roxy (Jasmine Guy), and Daisy on their grim reaping adventures (Laura Harris). Showtime’s Dead Like Me starred Bryan Fuller and aired from 2003 to 2004.
Fans of The Good Place will enjoy Dead Like Me because it deals with death and the afterlife in a more mature way than The Good Place does. Both are also interested in the idea that death is not the end of the journey for the soul. As in the previous case, both shows pair up an unlikely cast of characters whose interactions help shape who they become as individuals.
2. Russian Doll
Russian Doll, starring Natasha Lyonne, is a Netflix original series. During the course of the film, she portrays Nadia, a software engineer trapped in an endless time loop. By figuring out what happened, Nadia hopes to save her own life one last time.
There are many similarities between Russian Doll and The Good Place in that the main female characters aren’t the best people, but they learn to be better people through death. Time loops are a recurring theme in both shows. For two seasons, Nadia and the other characters on The Good Place have been living the same day over and over again.
Norm (George Wendt) runs the Cheers bar in Boston, which is frequented by a diverse group of characters, including Sam Malone (Ted Danson), who owns the establishment (Kelsey Grammer). Cheers focuses on the relationships and interworkings of the Cheers bar.
How It Compares to The Good Place: Cheers features a diverse group of characters led by Michael who could easily compete with Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) for hilarity and having a direct counterpoint. In terms of sitcom archetypes, Fraiser and Chidi have a lot in common with characters like Jason and Woody (Woody Harrelson), Eleanor and Carla, and Tahani and Diane.
4. Pushing Daisies
What the Show Is About: Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies is yet another cult classic that will be long forgotten. Lee Pace plays Ned, a man who has the ability to bring the dead back to life by simply touching them. He makes use of his abilities to assist in the investigation of homicides. Things get complicated when he uses his abilities to bring back Chuck (Anna Friel), his childhood sweetheart, but he can’t touch her again or she’ll be lost to him forever. There were two seasons of Pushing Daisies on the small screen.
Fans of The Good Place will enjoy Pushing Daisies because both shows have a fable-like tone and have a whimsical quality to them stylistically.
5. Schitt’s Creek
What’s the Story: After Johnny (Eugene Levy) is defrauded by his business partner, the Rose family is left penniless. The only thing they still own is a joke town that Johnny bought. The Roses have no choice but to move to Schitt’s Creek and start over.
There are many similarities between Schitt’s Creek and The Bad Place, which is why fans of The Good Place will enjoy it. In the same way that the four humans in The Good Place come together and find some good in a bad situation, the Rose family does the same thing. Both series’ central characters find love, happiness, and purpose despite their unfortunate circumstances.
6. Santa Clarita Diet
Santa Clarita Diet is a Netflix original film starring Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant about a married couple whose life is turned upside down when Sheila (Drew Barrymore) turns into a zombie.
Why The Good Place fans will enjoy it: One of the most bizarre and hilarious situations that Santa Clarita Diet’s characters find themselves in is only made funnier by the main four characters: Sheila, Joel (Timothy Olyphant), Eric (Skyler Gisondo), and Abby (Liv Hewson). Santa Clarita Diet and The Good Place have a lot in common when it comes to making a gloomy situation into something hilarious.
7. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows the officers of the Brooklyn 99th precinct in the show. It’s a comedy version of a police procedural. They have a new case and group of criminals to deal with every week. There are also issues with relationships in and out of the office in Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Andy Samberg, Melissa Fumbero, Terry Crews, and Andre Braugher are among the film’s ensemble cast members..
Brooklyn Nine-Nine will appeal to fans of The Good Place because both shows were created by Michael Schur and share a delightful sense of humor. They also have the impression that they are part of the same universe. We’d be willing to bet that Jake (Andy Samberg) arrested Eleanor at least a hundred times while she was in New York City. Another thing to consider is what would happen if Chidi and Holt (Andre Braugher) crossed paths. I’d watch a Brooklyn Nine-Nine spinoff involving Chidi and Holt in the afterlife before the events of The Good Place finale if it involved Chidi and Holt in the afterlife.
8. Good Omens
In the show, Michael Sheen and David Tennant play angel Aziraphale and demon Crowley, respectively, who have been sent on separate missions to bring about the apocalypse so that the final battle between good and evil can begin. It’s a shame that they’ve both become so attached to the planet and its people. They have to make a decision about whether or not they want to be a part of the end of the world.
It’s a good choice for fans of The Good Place and Good Omens because both films explore the ramifications humans face when higher beings intercede in their lives. It also illustrates how morality is a fluid concept; what is wrong and what is right can’t always be neatly classified. Additionally, Michael resembles a cross between Crowley and Aziraphale in terms of both appearance and demeanor.
9. The Office
What Is The Show About: The Office is a parody of the Dunder Mifflin paper mill in Scranton, Pennsylvania. It’s centered on how employees spend their time at work. Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, and Rainn Wilson star in The Office.
Michael Schur, the writer and actor who played Dwight’s cousin Mose on The Office, is well-known to fans of The Good Place. They’re not blood relatives, but The Good Place and The Office are at the very least second cousins. Both shows focus on the characters and make use of the environment to further the plots. In comparison to The Good Place, The Office is more grounded in reality.
10. Parks and Recreation
About the Show: Parks and Recreation follows the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department, which is overseen by dedicated Pawneen Leslie Knope. – (Amy Poehler). A similar sitcom to The Office is Parks and Rec, which employs a mockumentary style to depict the daily lives of small-town employees.
Fans of Michael Schur’s The Good Place series will enjoy this because it feels like a more direct descendant of The Good Place than The Office did. The Good Place and Parks and Rec have a strong familial resemblance. The shows share a similar sense of levity, but they never seem to be carbon copies of one another. Both Parks and Rec and The Good Place are distinct comedies, but they share a similar comedic tone and subject matter.
About the Show: Superstore is a show about the employees of Cloud 9’s superstore. Each episode focuses on the employees’ struggles with difficult customers, everyday dilemmas faced by wage workers, and personal issues that they must confront on a daily basis. America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, and Mark McKinney are among the cast members of Superstore.
Why fans of The Good Place will enjoy Superstore: Both shows are about people who are good at heart but may not always act like it. You can’t help but like and root for the characters in Superstore, despite the fact that they’ve all done something dubious at some point. Both shows put an emphasis on the characters before bringing out the humor in the situations they find themselves in.