The Good Place finale is a gentle end to a challenging show

For four years, The Good Place felt like one of the most radical shows on television. A series that was initially about what happens when the wrong person goes to heaven transformed into a meditation on what it means to be a good person, and how no one is beyond redemption. That it aired during a time where cruelty led to a parade of demoralizing victories in politics and culture made it feel even more miraculous, a kind show for mean times. With its series finale, The Good Place chose not to overstay its welcome, ending gently with a 90-minute conclusion that held no surprises — except, maybe, how disappointing fulfillment can be.

“Whenever You’re Ready” begins its long goodbye with every conflict in the series resolved in the previous…

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