NBC’s ‘The Good Place’ ended in 2020 but its impact remains. ‘The Good Place’ is one of the shows that helped its audience remain hopeful amid the countless lockdowns and quarantines during the pandemic. Centering on four humans who went to the Good Place after their deaths, the show managed to explain the intricacies of being a human. It also recognized the factors affecting a human’s good and bad behavior. Here are 5 quotes from ‘The Good Place’ that hit us right in the feels.
If soulmates do exist, they’re not found. They’re made.
– The Good Place, S4E9
In Season 4 of ‘The Good Place’, Michael (Ted Danson) approached Chidi (William Jackson Harper) who had questions weighing on his mind. In the earlier seasons, Michael told Chidi that Eleanor (Kristen Bell) was his soulmate. It was revealed later on that Michael was lying about lots of things. However, Chidi developed feelings for Eleanor, making him wonder whether Eleanor was his soulmate. Michael, in return, responded with this line, assuring Chidi that his feelings for Eleanor are real even if they were not really soulmates.
It turns out life isn’t a puzzle that can be solved one time and it’s done. You wake up every day, and you solve it again.
This quote from Chidi in Season 4 is just another one of the show’s takes on life. Apart from that, this is also a pivotal moment for Chidi’s character. When he was still alive, Chidi found it difficult to make decisions. He started sweating and breathing heavily whenever a dilemma appeared. In this scene, however, Chidi made a decision confidently. He didn’t find it hard to breathe. For the first time, he was certain. For the first time, he accepted the fact that no one could perfect life on the first try; and that the essence of life is the never-ending pursuit of happiness.
If there were an answer I could give you to how the universe works, it wouldn’t be special. It would just be machinery fulfilling its cosmic design. It would just be a big, dumb food processor. But since nothing seems to make sense, when you find something or someone that does, it’s euphoria.
– The Good Place, S3E12
Despite being a robot of some sort, Janet (D’Arcy Carden) understood the complexity of life more than the humans on the show. Janet acted like Siri on the Good Place, knowing every answer to every question. Being a robot didn’t exempt her from having problems and feelings. For Janet, having feelings was not a weakness. She viewed having feelings as progressive because she was a robot. But besides that, Janet also encountered questions that even she couldn’t answer. For her, however, not knowing the answer is what makes the universe and living special.
If you try and ignore your sadness, it just ends up leaking out of you anyway. I’ve been there. And everybody’s been there. So don’t fight it.
In Season 2 of ‘The Good Place’, these lines from Eleanor proved how much she’s grown. From being someone so self-absorbed who wouldn’t bother with other people’s problems, Eleanor came a long way. If she was still like her old self, she wouldn’t have taken the time to sit with Michael and comfort him with these words. Eleanor couldn’t be more right, though. As humans, we need to try and understand our feelings instead of trying to avoid them. And besides understanding our feelings, Eleanor also emphasized the need to deal with them properly.
What matters isn’t if people are good or bad. What matters is, if they’re trying to be better today than they were yesterday. You asked me where my hope comes from? That’s my answer.
– The Good Place, S4E6
This line from Michael in the Season 4 of ‘The Good Place’ is easily the most hopeful one. In the fourth season, Michael convinced Judge Gen (Maya Rudolph) to give the four humans another chance by explaining what fuels his hope. Easily, Michael explained that his hope stems from his understanding that humans actually try to be better. For him, the matter of good and bad is trivial. For him, what matters is that humans tirelessly try to be better than they were yesterday despite the complexities that life throws at them.
Despite being branded as comedy, NBC’s ‘The Good Place’ balanced its quirks alongside philosophical questions. The show has ultimately mastered the art of being profound while handing out belly laughs. Want to read more articles like this? Click here.
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