The Good Place should have been part of this year’s Golden Globes

THE GOOD PLACE -- "The Answer" Episode 409 -- Pictured: Kristen Bell as Eleanor -- (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC)
THE GOOD PLACE -- "The Answer" Episode 409 -- Pictured: Kristen Bell as Eleanor -- (Photo by: Colleen Hayes/NBC) /

In its final season, NBC’s The Good Place will never get a Golden Globe award, for the show, or any of its performances. Seriously.

The Good Place is my favorite comedy. But let my opinion not stand alone, its final season (as well as Season 2) has received a perfect Rotten Tomatoes score, landed on most critics best shows of the year lists, and is considered by many to be one of the funniest shows of all time.

Yet, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) snubbed it completely. Granted, all network television shows were totally shut out this year, so NBC’s The Good Place was hardly alone.

But it still forking sucks.

Fleabag is sure to win in the Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy category. But some of the others nominated seem like bizarre choices. The Kominsky Method shocked everyone last year with the win here, but did it really need to be nominated again? Same with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which frankly is a bit showbizzy and dated, although amusing. The fact that both those shows have been nominated two years in a row, and The Good Place has only received one nod out of the four seasons it’s aired is… really weird.

The Good Place was nominated for Best Comedy Series last year, and it probably should have won then. The show’s star, Kristen Bell, was also nominated for Best Performance for an Actress in a Television Series in 2019. But that’s it. No noms for writing (Michael Scur), Ted Danson’s pitch-perfect turn as helpful demon Michael, or breakout star D’arcy Carden as Janet. Since the Michael Schur philosophy comedy is in its final season, the two measly nominations in 2019 are the only nods that Good Place will receive from the HFPA.

NBC’s The Good Place will be sorely missed after its final season, which will end in just a few short weeks (sob). I will not only miss the sparkling wit of this original series, but also its ability to infuse comedy with bubbly intellect.

What other comedy can be described as “Aristotelian,” as penned by the series’ creator, Michael Schur. You can ready more about the “highly sophisticated moral vision” of The Good Place in this Vox article.

For me, it’s a missed opportunity to properly fete one of the most erudite comedies to grace the small screen. I hope the final season of The Good Place receives its due at the Emmys instead.

The good news is that The Good Place also returns this week (yay!). The bad news: The season finale is also upon us in just a few short weeks. Holy forking shirtballs! Are we ready for it all to end on January 30? At least we will get a special hour and a half to savor the very end (sniff).

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