Television and Radio Criticism

Kristen Bell

One of the reasons "The Good Place" works so well is that it relies on the audience's knowledge of the two leads' star personae. Eleanor is smart, witty, resourceful, and brave just like Veronica Mars. However, unlike Mars, she is unethical and self-absorbed. Hence, the added pleasure. Ted Danson's character has strong resonances with his character in the HBO show "Bored to Death."

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