In addition to being one of the best shows on TV, The Good Place is a dense knot of running jokes, visual humor, references to dense philosophy tomes, and breadcrumbs for later episodes. In order to help you keep it all straight, The A.V. Club will be annotating the show’s third season. Catch something that we didn’t? Email us at [email protected] Read our recap of “Janet(s).” But first, a word from you, the readers Amy Berg didn’t let the meaning of Doug Forcett’s morning reading pass her by: “In your annotation for The Good Place episode ‘Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By,’ you caught the shot of Peter Singer’s book The Most Good You Can Do. But the allusion is even deeper than your caption points out. Singer is probably the most famous living utilitarian—that’s the moral theory that the episode is using Doug Forcett to skewer. I’m a philosophy professor, and I’m always impressed by just how well this show has thought out even the offhand philosophy references.” Callbacks Everything D’Arcy Carden does while playing Eleanor-Janet, Chidi-Janet, Tahani-Janet, and Jason-Janet D’Arcy Carden delivers the performance(s) of a lifetime(s) in “Janet(s),” a tour de force that tasks her with not only playing the all-powerful, all-knowing afterlife assistant she plays in every other episode of The Good Place (along with one of her “neutral” counterparts), but also stepping into the shoes of the show’s four human protagonists. It’s a gamble that pays off because there’s such a game, versatile… [Read full story]
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