There are some series that make you laugh, and there are some series that makes you think. There are, yet, some shows that allow you to do both. One of these marvels is The Good Place.
The Good Place is one of those shows that is so enjoyable that you almost forget how intellectually stimulating it is. Almost. The show currently has four seasons streaming on Netflix and is extremely binge-able. If you are one of those people who’s done with it in one or two sittings and now don’t know what to do with your life – we’ve got your back. We know that there is nothing out there that is quite like The Good Place, but some shows hit really close. We’ve made a list of five shows that you might enjoy if you’re a fan of this kind of entertainment. Read on if you wish to know more!
1. Schitt’s Creek
Ever since the show premiered on Netflix, it’s been Schitt’s Creek this and Schitt’s Creek that. The funny part? We aren’t tired of it, and we don’t think we ever will be! This show has stolen the hearts of many, and we are sure that it will steal others’ hearts to come. Dan and Eugene Levy have created the show, and it originally aired on CBC. It soon became a series that was loved by Canadians and many people around the world.
If you look at The Good Place as a work of entertainment that makes you laugh a little and ponder a lot, we are here to tell you that Schitt’s Creek will make you do just that but in an entirely different manner than you think. The show has been popular amongst the audience for its feel-good nature and conveying messages in a funny and heartfelt way.
All in all, Schitt’s Creek will warm your heart, make you laugh, and will teach you a thing or two about family and relationships.
2. BoJack Horseman
Who would have thought a show about a talking horse will become so darn popular? Not us!
BoJack Horseman – created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg – is a show that has garnered a kind of cult following over the years. The show is a tragicomedy meant for adults and first premiered in 2014. Ever since its premiere, the audience knew that it was something different and special in many ways than one. This series has also won various awards, including the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Animated Series.
The show revolves around a humanoid horse, BoJack, looking to make a comeback in Hollywood after several years of missing in action. While at it, he deals with many existential crises and other issues surrounding mental health and the likes. The show has experimented with many conventionally dark themes like drugs, mental illness, and sexuality. But the makers have somehow managed to get these things through to the audience, which makes the show similar to The Good Place.
Atypical is another show that is so hilarious that right when you think it can’t get any better, it does. It has a wide range of target audiences and can be enjoyed by anyone looking for something witty and funny.
Robia Rashid has created the show, and Seth Gordon is the person behind the direction part of it. The show features:
- Keir Gilchrist as Sam Gardner
- Brigette Lundy-Paine as Casey Gardner
- Jennifer Jason Leigh as Elsa Gardner
- Michael Rapaport as Doug Gardner
- Fivel Stewart as Izzie
- Nik Dodani as Zahid Raja and
- Amy Okuda as Julia Sasaki
The series first premiered on the 11th of August, 2011, and has three seasons under its belt, with a fourth coming out very soon. Atypical follows Sam Gardner’s life – who is on the autism spectrum – and all the people that surround him. The makers have included this aspect of the plotline and other themes like sexuality, infidelity, family, and relationships.
Atypical helps you get a closer look at the lives of people who are rarely represented adequately in mainstream entertainment. It gives us a lot to think about but is also entertaining, comforting, and stunningly hilarious.
4. Russian Doll
Russian Doll is one of those shows that is so underrated that it’s almost criminal. There are many similarities between The Good Place and this, but the major one is that they are just so different – they stand out from the rest.
The cast features Natasha Lyonne and Charlie Barnett in Nadia Vulvokov and Alan Zaveri’s lead roles, and the world is so much better for it! The performance is otherworldly, and the plot is so gripping that you wouldn’t begin to notice the moment you are being sucked into it. The humor related to this show is subtle and dry, yet it hits all the right spots. The writing is well rounded, and everything about the Russian Doll makes sense.
Both The Good Place and Russian Doll deal with storylines that are different, new, and out of place in today’s entertainment. Because of this, these shows have managed to secure quite an edge over others on this list. If you are a fan of the former, we assure you that you will fall in love with the latter.
5. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
This show needs no introduction whatsoever! The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is one of the most popular shows of our time, and we do not use this phrase lightly.
This series is created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and features the following actors in lead roles:
- Rachel Brosnahan as Miriam Maisel
- Marin Hinkle as Rose Weissman
- Tony Shalhoub as Abraham Weissman
- Alex Borstein as Susie Myerson and
- Michael Zegen as Joel Maisel
The show revolves around the title character Miriam Maisel’s attempt to make it big in the world of stand-up comedy. The show has successfully secured a three-season run with a fourth season just around the corner.
The casting for the show is spot-on, and the character arcs have been paid special attention to. This is a comedy that definitely hits the mark, but it does more than just that. Firstly, the plot is fresh and exciting – making the show a good alternative to your other run-of-the-mill comedies. Secondly, the show delivers everything it promises to, and it gives the audience the satisfaction of spending their time on quality entertainment – much like The Good Place.
Here’s what’s after The Good Place:
There you have it; five shows that similar to The Good Place that you are sure to love. Be it the strong female lead, the humor that creeps up on you, or the entertaining yet unique plotline – all of these entertainment works have something special to offer to the audience. If you are on the lookout for shows that make you feel the same way the other did, we suggest you make it through this list one at a time. You will laugh, and you will think and in the end, you will have a great time! This is what marks good entertainment, and we are more than excited for you to experience it.
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