Just binged The Good Place and wow, it’s really pretty good.
More like, a conceptual, amusing story than a laugh out loud comedy, but if you’re like me and have been missing Dead Like Me for over a decade it gives me very similar vibes and might be your best bet for scratching that “dark, quirky comedy centuring on themes of death, the afterlife, identitity, human relationships and what it means to be a good person” itch. Really reccomend it.
(Oh, and also this is a blanket rec for Dead Like Me too if you’ve never watched it btw, it’s a lot sadder than tgp but also funnier so it balances out)
I always thought I loved Halloween because I got to look behind all those closed doors, but now I see that it’s because I was painted with something darker… that I was meant to see the dark, and through the dark… I’m not supposed to be here… but I am. I don’t know if I’m supposed to watch over them, or just haunt them. Either way, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t having fun. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to be here… walking through a graveyard the day after Halloween, on a quiet and beautiful november morning… It’s not so bad… being dead like me.
I also don’t have a lot of interest in being a good person or a bad person. From what I can tell, either way, you’re screwed. Bad people are punished by society’s laws, and good people are punished by Murphy’s Law. So you see my dilemma.
So way before Hannibal Bryan Fuller created this lesser known series called Dead Like Me which I personally believe was his best work. It ran only for two seasons but the script was fantastic and it had a an excellent cast, each character was original by themselves and didn’t have to fight for attention because the lines were delivered so accurately that you’d find it difficult to believe that they weren’t actually like that and the story was also generally adorable.
George, the lead character, dies when a toilet seat flying out of the sky from a rocket or a space station or something hits her, and has to join this league of Grim Reapers who come in human form, who live alongside regular humans. Her job is to pick up souls and send them to hell or heaven. There’s Mandy Patinkin and this adorable actor called Callum Blue, and I still remember the scene where he tried to sneak some cocaine in a condom hidden in his butt at an airport, and it ruptures and slowly leaks into his intestines and the guy is generally sweating buckets and going crazy. I won’t tell you anymore just go see it.