The Good Place Season 3 is underway NBC’s comedy department was in a bad place until Eleanor Shellstrop and friends came along. Thankfully, the network has done right by confirming the show for 13 episodes back in November.
The half-hour comedy from Parks and Rec creator Mike Schur has been a critical hit since it debuted as a midseason show in January. The Good Place stars Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto and D’Arcy Carden. The series initially followed Bell’s Eleanor, a terrible person on earth who dies arrives in “The Good Place” of the afterlife on a clerical error. Part sitcom, part ethic lesson, and full of surprising reveals, the series is maintaining its momentum in season two.
The Good Place averaged over 6 million viewers in Live+7. If you’re catching up on season two, you can follow along with our reviews. If you’re new to the show, it was a main topic of discussion in our monthly Sci-Fi Fidelity podcast.
The Good Place Season 3 Episode Guide
Michael journeys to Earth to save Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason’s lives, creating a new timeline to test if they can become better people; when the gang’s initial attempts falter, Michael gives them a little nudge in the right direction.
air date: 9/27/18
Intent on wrecking Michael’s plans, Trevor shows up on Earth to join Chidi’s study and annoy the gang into breaking up.
air date: 10/4/18
Sequestered on Earth, Michael and Janet meddle in Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason’s lives to remove any obstacles that might derail the gang’s efforts to become better people.
air date: 10/11/18
Eleanor and the gang explore the three main branches of ethical thought after learning the truth about their history with Michael and Janet.
air date: 10/18/18
Michael and Tahani join Jason for a mission to Florida to help some people from Jason’s past, while Janet creates a virtual reality simulation to help Chidi resolve a problem.
air date: 10/25/18
Eleanor makes a startling discovery when she travels with Michael to Nevada to confront the mother she believed was dead; Tahani struggles to make amends with her sister.
air date: 11/1/18
Michael helps Eleanor recall forgotten events from her past with Chidi, causing Eleanor to fixate on the philosophy of determinism.
air date: 11/8/18
Michael and Janet visit the person they believe to be the blueprint for how to live a good life on Earth; Eleanor turns to Tahani for advice.
air date: 11/15/18
With Janet’s help, Michael hatches a plan.
air date: 12/6/18
Michael presents his case to the Good Place Committee; Chidi tries to calm Eleanor down; Tahani struggles to help Jason and Janet.
air date: 1/10/19
Michael, Eleanor and the gang meet the judge at the crossroads of all dimensions, time and space to plead their case.
air date: 1/17/19
Eleanor helps Michael introduce the first new human to the Neighborhood; Chidi discovers a complication.
air date: 1/24/19
The Good Place Season 3 First Scene
Those very generous angels at NBC have released an advanced look at the first four minutes of The Good Place Season 3!
That’s some compelling CGI and set work for a network comedy. It’s fitting that The Good Place Season 3 will open with some good old fashioned afterlife bureacracy.
The Good Place Season 3 Release Date
The Good Place Season 3 arrives on Thursday, September 27 at 8 p.m. for an hour-long premiere. Hot diggity dog!
The Good Place Season 3 Cast
Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, Manny Jacinto, Jameela Jamil, William Jackson Harper, and D’Arcy Carden will also be returning. Marc Evan Jackson always seems to have a way of getting bigger and bigger roles on Michael Schur shows so he’s a smart bet to return as Shawn in The Good Place Season 3.
Previous guest stars have included Jason Mantzoukas as Derek, Adam Scott as Trevor, and Maya Rudolph as Hydrogen (Gen). All save for Scott are likely to return for season three. Come to think of it – where has Trevor been?
The Good Place Season 3 Poster
Well if it wasn’t clear enough yet that The Good Place Season 3 was heading to Earth – get a load of this.
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The Good Place Season 3 Story
The Good Place Season 3 debuted its first two minutes at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. It hasn’t arrived online yet but a description from IndieWire confirm what’s been reported all along: everyone’s going back to Earth!
The first two minutes of the season will find Michael heading to Earth by traversing a bridge and encountering The Guard (played by Mike O’Malley). Michael will present some papers from the judge to the Guard and be granted entrance to Earth to study whether the resurrection of Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason will cause ripple effects in the timeline.
Surely, hell’s nicest demon is going to find plenty of things on Earth that will fascinate him.
In a new interview with Janet actress D’Arcy Carden, she reveals that creator Michael Schur already told she and William Jackson Harper (Chidi) the ending to The Good Place Season 3. This means Schur must have a pretty clear plan in mind. If you see Carden, however, don’t harass her for answers. She claims she’s already forgot the ending.
Thanks to a cast interview with The Los Angeles Times, we also now have a slightly clearer picture of how The Good Place Season 3 will go. It sounds like the rest of the gang did indeed join Eleanor on Earth for Michael and Hydrogen’s big science experiment. Kristen Bell told the Times:
“I think we can reveal that, metaphorically, this next season is about how you can play chess with people who don’t know you’re playing with them and doing so in a way that doesn’t affect the greater universe. Because our characters don’t know there’s a greater mission. We’re meandering on Earth. What I loved about that whole last episode from season two was that it summed up everyone’s yearly existence from January 1 to March 1.
You make resolutions. You’re going to be a better person. You’re going to work out more. You’re going to eat broccoli. And by March, none of that is happening. You saw it with Eleanor. She vows to change, and then she gets bored. So now we are all left on Earth separately. And what we learned from the first two seasons is that our strengths come when we’re together.”
And if for whatever reason that’s not clear enough, creator Michael Schur just went ahead and told Rolling Stone that yes, the characters are on Earth: “Normally I don’t like to just flatly state what’s going on, but here I don’t see the benefit of people experiencing ambiguity: The four of them are straight-up back on Earth, in a new timeline where they didn’t die.”