The Good Place
|Name:||The Good Place|
|Date(s):||September 19, 2016 – present|
|Country of Origin:||USA|
|External Links:||NBC's official site|
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The Good Place is a fantasy comedy television series created by Michael Schur.
The series focuses on Eleanor Shellstrop, a woman who wakes up in the afterlife and is introduced by Michael to "The Good Place", a Heaven-like utopia he designed, in reward for her righteous life. She realizes that she was sent there by mistake, and must hide her morally imperfect behavior and tries to become a better person.
In "The Good Place", she is assigned a soulmate in Chidi Anagonye. Eleanor also develops a frenemy relationship with her socialite and philanthropist neighbour, Tahani Al-Jamil. Tahani's assigned soulmate is Jason Mendoza, a monk who has taken a vow of silence - or so it appears. Eleanor, Tahani, Chidi, and Jason develop an intense friendship and eventually take on the (affectionate name) Team Cockroach. Michael and Janet, the personal assistant of immense power, also develop friendships with the other main characters.
Good Place Fusions with characters from other fandoms are quite popular.
The fandom is known for been particularly femslash friendly. Eleanor freely expresses her attraction to women in canon, and though she has not identified as bisexual in the show Kristen Bell has confirmed her as such. The first fic posted on Ao3 paired Eleanor/Janet. For the duration of the first three series, fics pairing Eleanor/Chidi (Cheleanor) and Eleanor/Tahani (Teleanor) have been equally popular.
The Good Place's fic-writing fandom is still small and featured prominently in the Yuletide fic exchanges in 2017 and 2018. The Good Place has a fandom on tumblr that focuses less on fic and more on headcanons, meta, jokes, memes, GIFs, edits and fanart.
- In 2018, The Good Place ranked 9th in the Top 20 "most reblogged" live-action television shows on Tumblr.
- Operation: Seduce Michael by blithers - If at first you don't succeed, send a different cockroach.
- Care and Feeding of Your Janet by samalander - Please read this guide carefully before activating your Janet.
- we're not living the good life by Chicaroscuro - It's a while before Jeff the Doorman sees Michael again. But sooner or later, that demon always manages to make things interesting.
- though near or far by Chicaroscuro - When no one arrives to help advocate for the humans, they're sent back to the Bad Place. But instead of individual punishments, Shawn decides to torture everyone as a group - with an extra twist for Michael. Can Team Cockroach pull together to survive and escape a traditional Bad Place neighborhood?
- Being Evil Has a Place by zorac. S1 spoilers, crossover with Lucifer.
- Michael's Plan by randomizer - Eleanor is becoming more and more of a problem for Michael. How can he fix it?
- better the devil you know by jesterwrites - "Things are going well so far - which is to say, nothing has gone horribly wrong." Excerpts from the records of Neighborhood 12358W, reboots #001, #327, and #556.
- somewhere else by zedpm - Tahani, Chidi, and Jason reckon with being alive.
- The Sacrifices We Make by twopinkcarnations - Michael and Janet figure out how to get the humans into the Good Place. But the Good Place is no place for a demon.
- i love four (4) losers [Dead link] by phil-the-stone
- Tahani Al-Jamil from “The Good Place” by kaechristen-art ( link to archive)
- how do you row a boat?, Archived version by leaflessart
- "Old Man Michael!?!", Archived version by p0cketw0tch
- do chidi anagonye and eleanor shellstrop know that i love them (fancomic), Archived version
Archives & Fannish Links
- The Good Place fanworks at AO3
- Alternate Universe - The Good Place (TV) Fusion works at Ao3
- The Good Place fanworks at FFN
- The Good Place discussion group on Dreamwidth
- The Good Place - works on AO3, sorted by date posted, Archived version (Accessed June 11, 2020)