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The Good Place season 2 27 February 2018

2017 fantasy comedy, 13 episodes. Eleanor is still in the afterlife, but things have got much more complicated.

It's not possible to talk about the plot without giving away what happened in the first season, and I'd really rather not do that. But this certainly isn't more of the same, except in a very broad sense; rather, it's a continuing story of which the original premise has been comprehensively demolished, but the characters continue, and things get better from there.

The cast continues to be superb, developing their characters with the aid of a writing team that's clearly in tune with the spirit of the show. And the thing continues to be funny too, with humour that grows out of who the characters are rather than simply making them vehicles for jokes, but which still works in isolation.

"I tell you, any time I had a problem, and I threw a Molotov cocktail... boom, I had a different problem."

If you watch the episodes out of order, or skip one, you'll miss significant parts of what's going on; this is television as serial fiction, in a way that shows on traditional networks rarely attempt (there's always that push to bring in the casual channel-hopper who needs to be able to work out what's going on in the first few seconds).

In a time when network television is mostly retrenching and making boring repetitive shows in a vain hope of retaining its vanishing audience, this is an exploration of ethics and moral philosophy disguised as a prime-time comedy; and it's been renewed for a third season.

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