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The Good Place season 3 29 July 2019

2018-2019 fantasy comedy, 13 episodes. The afterlife's experiments with ethics and moral philosophy continue.

As before, I'm not going to give away the plot; this is one of the very few series which I think it's worth coming to without knowing what's going on. But at the end of season 1, the premise of this series was completely changed; at the end of season 2, it happened again. Our deceased heroes are back on Earth, for a while…

The producer's explicit "no assholes in the crew" policy, something otherwise unheard-of in broadcast TV, seems to be working well: not only are the core cast at ease with each other, not surprising in a series 3, they work well with the extras and bit-part players. Obviously one can never be quite sure, but it feels like a happy set.

Things seemed to me to start off a little slowly, but once the action moves to Earth there's little wasted time, and I was often surprised when an episode ended. Indeed, while the "half hour" (21 minute) format clearly encourages the writers to keep things tight, some of the plot elements could have done with more room to breathe. (As it is, the action often continues under the credits.)

In short: this is great stuff, but start at the beginning; you could catch up from here, but why would you want to? Not only is each season its own story, they follow on from each other, and as with any long-running series some of the pleasure in viewing comes from the emotional capital one has invested in the characters. A fourth and final season is to be broadcast starting in September.

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