Executive Producer Michael Schur consulted with Lost (2004) executive producer Damon Lindelof on world-building when he undertook this project.
Exteriors are shot in the Little Europe set at Universal Studios California and the Huntington Gardens in San Marino, California.
Kristen Bell is a vegetarian in real life. In the pilot at Tahani's (Jameela Jamil) party, she grabs handfuls of shrimp cocktail but you never actually see her eating it; She simply sucks off the cocktail sauce.
D'Arcy Carden plays Janet. Janet is also the name of the air service that takes people to area 51, "Just Another Non-Existent Terminal", which in essence is exactly what Janet is.
The stores in The Good Place include: All Chocolate Everything, All the Books, Infinite Light, The Good Plate, Everything Fits Clothes Store, Your Anticipated Needs, Warm Blankets, Childhood Mementos, and at least eight different yogurt stores.
When Eleanor (Kristen Bell) removes Tahani's (Jameela Jamil) diary, the bottom of it it reads "Foreword by Malala Yousafzai and Kylie Minogue." Malala Yousafzai won a Nobel Peace Prize for her human rights activism; Kylie Minogue is an Australian singer and songwriter.
Dax Shepard guest stars as a demon in episode 10 of season 2, The Good Place: Rhonda, Diana, Jake, and Trent (2018). He is married to star Kristen Bell in real life.
Although it's strongly implied that Janet (D'Arcy Carden) instantly materializes anytime somebody calls her name, you never really see her do so. Her "materializations" are actually implemented as a cut from a shot without her to a shot from a noticeably different camera angle with Janet now in view, accompanied by a "plink" sound.
The Good Plates is a restaurant in The Good Place. At The Good Plate they only serve one thing: your favorite dish.
It is strongly implied that Eleanor (Kristen Bell) may be bisexual. She has slept with Chidi (William Jackson Harper) in 8 different reboots and has admitted attraction towards both Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Vicky.
From Chidi (William Jackson Harper)'s point of view, everyone around him is speaking French because the neighbourhood Michael (Ted Danson) created translates everything into the language each individual person is most comfortable with. He probably doesn't need it to understand the other humans, as he evidently spoke English well enough to teach at English-speaking universities, though communicating with the other neighbourhood residents (who may not speak human language at all) may be a different matter.
Eleanor (Kristen Bell) has a thing for sexy mailmen. The deeds which contributed to her entering The Bad Place included deliberately setting a mailbox on fire to get a mailman to remove his shirt, and at one point she replaces one of the disliked clown portraits in her Neighborhood 12358W house with one of a sexy mailman.
Michael (Ted Danson)'s powers & abilities: Immortality: As an Immortal Being, Michael cannot die. The only known way he could be killed is by the "Eternal Shriek" Extra Dimensional vision: Michael can see in 9 different dimensions. Memory Manipulation: Can erase the memories of any deceased human. Reality Warping: Michael at will can alter the reality of the afterlife to anything he desires, however this is most likely restricted to just the neighbourhood he himself has created. Simulation projection: Michael is able to construct any type of artificial simulation he desires no matter how complex.
Some of Kamilah's (Rebecca Hazlewood) achievements include: The youngest person to graduate from Oxford University. World class painter. Social activist. Iconoclast. Olympic gold medalist in archery. Grammy award winner for her album. BAFTA award winner for her documentary about her Grammy award winning album. Voted "Most likely to be Banksy." Was offered to be the cover girl for International Sophisticate Magazine. Youngest person ever to be inducted into the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame.
The Medium Place has only been in existence since the 1980s, when Mindy St. Claire (Maribeth Monroe) died, and both The Good Place and The Bad Place argued for an unknown period of time over who should get her. Eventually they came to a compromise, and created a new realm of mediocre existence for Mindy to live in by herself for the rest of eternity. Since it has only one resident, there isn't even a neighbourhood as such, just one house and a railway station, the name board of which reads "Neighbourhood: [N/A]".
When Mindy ((Maribeth Monroe)) was first admitted to the Medium Place, she gave The Good Place a list of the things she wanted and the Bad place made a few modifications to the list, like how they gave Mindy her favourite beer but it is always warm, or how her jukebox has every song ever but only by the Eagles (live versions only), as well as spoken word poetry by William Shatner.
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) gets stomachaches when confronted with choices or stressful situations.
The Good Place has existed since the beginning of time and is a utopian paradise for those that were truly noble and good in life.
Tahani (Jameela Jamil)'s first name means Congratulations and her last name (Al-Jamil ) means Beautiful.
Adam Scott (Trevor) and Kristen Bell (Eleanor) previously worked together on a Veronica Mars (2004) episode, Veronica Mars: Mars vs. Mars (2005) as well as the Party Down (2009) episodes, Party Down: Stennheiser-Pong Wedding Reception (2009) and Party Down: Party Down Company Picnic (2010).
The premiere episode, The Good Place: Pilot (2016), attracted 8.04 million viewers.
Adam Scott (Trevor) & Marc Evan Jackson (Shawn) previously worked together on Parks & Recreation as Ben Wyatt & Trevor Nelsson respectively.
Jason (Manny Jacinto) is a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars American football team. He yells "Bortles!" (as in Blake Bortles, the team's star quarterback) before throwing Molotov cocktails.
The Trans Eternal Railway, commonly known as The Train, is a transport device which connects Neighborhood 12358W to other locations in the afterlife. It is the only way in and out of a neighborhood and can only be summoned and operated by a Janet (D'Arcy Carden).
Janet (D'Arcy Carden)'s powers & abilities: Teleportation: Janet is able to teleport anywhere in her neighbourhood in an instant either at will or when she is called. Infinite Knowledge: Being a anthropomorphised database of information, Janet has all possible knowledge that both humans and Eternal Beings possess. Summon and retrieval: Janet can create/retrieve any item anyone desires at anytime in an instant. Janet has even shown the ability to create other sentient beings but only Michael's Janet has been able to do this. Michael (Ted Danson) stated that this shouldn't be possible for the average Janet. It appears that gaining this ability is a side-effect of having been rebooted so many times. Reality Warping: Janet is responsible for building and maintaining the neighbourhood she resides in and at will can alter anything within her neighbourhood. Compulsory Truth: Janets cannot lie. Only Michael's Janet is capable of lying after being rebooted 802 times. Operating the Train: The only way in and out of a neighbourhood is by the train, which only Janet can call and operate. Walkie-Talkie Protocol: Two Janets can be linked together to serve as a long-distance address system. This is seen in episode 1.12, The Good Place: Mindy St. Claire (2017), when Shawn (Marc Evan Jackson) uses Bad Janet in Neighbourhood 12358W to transmit a message to Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) in The Medium Place through Good Janet. It is therefore one of the few special abilities which Janet retains when outside her neighbourhood. Physical Strength: This may not actually be a special power, however Janet is shown to have great physical strength, as evidenced by the way she lifts and throws Shawn in episode 2.11, The Good Place: The Burrito (2018).
In the episode 1.5, The Good Place: Category 55 Emergency Doomsday Crisis (2016), Michael (Ted Danson) scolds Tahani (Jameela Jamil) that the manual for the neighbourhood is only to be viewed by Architects and Janets (D'Arcy Carden). This implies there are multiples of Janet at any given time, potentially one per neighbourhood. Other facts about Janet also seem to imply this (e.g. that she loses most of her abilities when outside of her assigned neighbourhood) and it is finally confirmed in episode 2.6, The Good Place: Janet and Michael (2017).
Janet (D'Arcy Carden) is neither a human nor an Eternal Being, but rather an anthropomorphised vessel of knowledge; akin to an Artificial Intelligence. Furthermore she is not a robot, and politely points this out whenever anyone mistakes her for one.
Although the character is named simply Janet (played by D'Arcy Carden), sometimes she is referred to in articles about the show as Janet Della-Denunzio. The reason for this is that when the show was first announced, the press release claimed that D'Arcy Carden would be playing "Janet Della-Denunzio, a violin salesperson with a checkered past". This turned out to be a big lie.
Janet (D'Arcy Carden) can alter her own appearance; she usually does this when rebooted, though she can do so at any time. In episode 2., The Good Place: Existential Crisis (2017), she temporarily appears in different clothes and with blonde hair, in a form which Michael (Ted Danson) calls "Janette".
Jason Mantzoukas (Derek) and Adam Scott (Trevor) previously worked on Parks and Recreation (2009) as Dennis Feinstein & Ben Wyatt respectively.
Tahani (Jameela Jamil) has stated that it was her goal to make out with Ryan Gosling at the Met Gala and that she has accomplished that goal more than once.
Tahani (Jameela Jamil) was on the cover of a magazine that was next to one Eleanor (Kristen Bell) was reading before her (Eleanor's) death scene.
In the original casting announcement, the character of Tahani, played by Jameela Jamil, was named Tessa.
The Void is a place where Janet (D'Arcy Carden) resides. It is described by her as a 'boundless, barren nothingness'. When she creates Derek (Jason Mantzoukas), it is where both of them live together. Janet can move between The Void and her assigned neighbourhood at will, but does not have the power to move directly between The Void and other locations such as The Medium Place.
Adam Scott (Trevor) and Kristen Bell (Eleanor) previously worked together on a Veronica Mars (2004) episode, Veronica Mars: Mars vs. Mars (2005) as well as the Party Down (2009) episodes, Party Down: Stennheiser-Pong Wedding Reception (2009) and Party Down: Party Down Company Picnic (2010). They have also worked together on three Parks and Recreation (2009) episodes: 6.3 Parks and Recreation: The Pawnee-Eagleton Tip Off Classic (2013), 6.6 Parks and Recreation: Filibuster (2013) & 6.10 Parks and Recreation: Second Chunce (2014).
Eleanor (Kristen Bell) died after being run over by a boner pill truck after dropping margarita mix in a parking lot.
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) suffers from a condition called "Directional Insanity" and once got lost on an escalator.
Chidi (William Jackson Harper) once missed his mother's back surgery because he promised his landlord's nephew that he would help him program his phone on the day of her surgery.
Janet (D'Arcy Carden) states that there have been 25 versions of Janet. This means she is upgraded similar to a computer program. She also refers to herself in the third person when discussing herself as if she is an object.
When Janet (D'Arcy Carden) is away from her designated neighbourhood she loses all of her normal abilities. This does not appear to affect her knowledge of the universe.
The "town" exteriors are shot on the "Little Europe" lot at Universal Studios Hollywood (and can be visited on the Universal Studios public tour). The Chinese Gardens location is at the Huntington Botanical Gardens in nearby San Marino.
Tahani (Jameela Jamil) was once asked by Anderson Cooper to co-host Anderson Cooper 360° (2003).
Each day in The Good Place is a blissful existence where a human may have anything they desire simple by calling on their neighbourhood's Janet. Humans in The Good Place also never experience any kind of pain, do not age and cannot perish.
The Bad Place has existed since the beginning of time and is a hellish damnation for not only those that were evil in life, but for those humans whose final point total wasn't high enough to enter The Good Place.
The Bad Place houses not only humans and Bad Janets but also Immortal Beings whose only purpose is to torture and inflict pain on the humans who reside there. It is assumed that Immortal Beings and Bad Janets may come and go as they please, but humans cannot.
Each day in The Bad Place is a hellish existence for the humans that reside there as they are tortured endlessly by Immortal Beings and Bad Janets, who seem to enjoy doing so.
In episode 2.2, The Good Place: Dance Dance Resolution (2017), Eleanor (Kristen Bell) refers to Janet (D'Arcy Carden) as "Busty Alexa" while trying to remember her name. Alexa is the name of Amazon's intelligent voice-controlled personal assistant, similar to Siri.
It's possible that Tahani (Jameela Jamil) may have unknowingly crossed paths with Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper) while studying at the Sorbonne, as Chidi was a tutor there for a time.
Marc Evan Jackson (Shawn) and Jason Mantzoukas (Derek) have both worked on Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013) as Kevin Cozner and Adrian Pimento respectively. Michael Schur created both Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place.
Michael (Ted Danson) once stated that he can read the entire world's literature in about an hour.