From theories about shared universes to ideas on Micheal's true nature, fans of The Good Place are still speculating about Team Cockroach long after the show ended. Here are a few favorite fan theories that made us say, "Holy forking shirtballs."
The Good Place Committee Is Ineffectual On Purpose
Posted by u/Zelda2IsUnderrated:
In The Good Place, the committee from the Good Place are comically useless, never managing to take any action because they're too busy forming committees upon committees, investigations, demoting themselves for the slightest upsets, etc. While at first this might have seemed a gag about how over the top good the Good Place is, Season 4 shows another possible reason.
Given the state of the Good Place with everyone as pleasure zombies, and how quickly they shoved responsibility onto Michael and fled (which would seem contrary to the long lengths of time it took them to decide anything), it's possible they were deliberately impeding the efforts of the main party.
They want to prevent any new people getting into the Good Place or any system changes that would make it easier to get in, because more people means more problems they can't solve. They can't drop their good guy personae and tell the truth, so they use the facade of being comically ineffectual to keep their problems from getting worse.3511Holy forking shirtballs?
The Bad Place Is Actually The Good Place
Posted by u/BKMoneySiphon:
Modern psychology says that tight relationships, and responsibilities are what make us happy. Always having something to focus your energy on, and having a good system of people around you.
In The Good Place, the entire cast of characters are extremely close to each other. They have a group of five people (and one Janet) and they all trust each other and confide in each other regularly. On top of that, they have constant "responsibilities" or things to focus energy on. It seems like there is a never ending barrage of problems for the group to solve. The Good Place was designed to give each person in it a tight social group, and constant projects that feel important.222Holy forking shirtballs?
Michael Based His Neighborhood On Eagleton From 'Parks And Recreation'Photo: Parks And Recreation / NBC
Posted by u/grambocrackah:
The root of this theory is that Michael, the Architect, bears a resemblance to Preston St. James, the architect, of Eagleton, IN. Also, the outdoor spaces and residences of Michael's neighborhood look similar to what we've seen of Eagleton [from Parks and Recreation].
The residents of Eagleton, being largely made up of comfortable rich snobs, probably held a special significance to the demons in the Bad Place. It's possible that Michael had an awareness of this and designed his neighborhood after the town he'd heard so much about.248Holy forking shirtballs?
'Brooklyn 99' Is In The Same Universe As 'The Good Place'
Posted by u/EquivalentInflation:
We've already seen Kevin is played by the same actor [Adam Scott] as Trevor, leader of the Bad Place. At the end of Season 3, Trevor agreed to a new system, where dead humans would be placed in a neighborhood with a Good Place and Bad Place architect. Trevor decided to take over one such neighborhood himself, and Holt was a Good Place architect assigned to work with him.
All of the characters are police officers, living dangerous lives, who all likely died on the job (except Hitchcock and Scully, who had multiple heart attacks). The neighborhood is shaped by the events of the people's lives, so putting multiple cops in a police precinct seems like a good strategy, that also saves time. Their minds are wiped past their death, and they have a false memory of working together. We hear them mention Captain McGintley, their previous CO several times, but they barely ever talk about him, likely because they have no real memories of him.
From the moment Holt comes in, he's trying to make the people there better. He challenges Jake in particular to improve himself, and gives him multiple emotional talks that inspire him. In fact, every character sees a massive improvement that all but ends their biggest flaw: Jake becomes more mature, Charles becomes more independent and sure of himself, Rosa learns to work better with others, Amy is able to let go of her perfectionism, Gina becomes more selfless, and Terry becomes a better, more confident leader. Holt is also the perfect leader for all of them. Jake never got a father figure, Holt acts as one. Rosa talks about how hearing Captain Holt speak openly about being gay inspired her to come out herself. Amy talks about Holt's perseverance as a gay black man in the face of discrimination as he climbed the ranks inspires her, as a latina woman.
Kevin, on the other hand, seems to challenge them all from the opposite side. He seems to hate them all at first. Jake suggests it's because he hates the police force, due to his feelings over Holt's treatment, when really, it's because he still holds on to his hate for humans. He offers several challenges to them: Inviting them to a party, where they're uncomfortable and generally make fools of themselves, taking the information they gave him to argue with Holt, etc. However, as time goes by, he begins to enjoy the humans, and starts treating them better as he sees them improve.
The squad's entire lives seem to fit perfectly within the Good Place method Michael created: They're constantly facing new and unique challenges that come up, that would never occur in reality, that always force them to improve as a person. I'm no police officer, but I'm 99% sure that they usually don't solve cases by talking through their own doubts and insecurities. They also all survive as police officers, a high risk profession, despite the fact that almost every day, they're running into a murderer, jewel thief, serial killer, mobster, etc. Charles got even shot once, and had no real lasting negative effects. Not to mention, their lives are constantly in turmoil, yet everything always works out perfectly with no lasting effects. Jake and Rosa were in jail, Jake was undercover with the mob, Holt was no longer captain (twice), etc.217Holy forking shirtballs?