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The Good Place finishes its 3rd season tonight, and we miss it already

Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell
Photo: Colleen Hayes (NBC)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Thursday, January 24. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

The Good Place (NBC, 9:30 p.m.): We’re already longing for the return of one of TV’s best shows, and its third season hasn’t even ended yet. That’s how much we love The Good Place. After a finale lead-in episode that somehow lived up to the title “Chidi Sees The Time-Knife” and an unexpected pivot back to the show’s origins (and to Mindy St. Clair’s backyard), the finale will see the Soul Squad/Team Cockroach/most of the Brainy Bunch attempt to save humanity from eternal damnation by testing a hypothesis. That’s happening tonight.

And that’s about all we know, because this is The Good Place. The only sure thing is the total absence of sure things—or put another way, as some old Greek dude said one time, the only constant in life is change. In lieu of tantalizing hints, we’ll content ourselves with this collection of Janet’s greatest hits.

Regular coverage

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 8:30 p.m.)
The Orville (Fox, 9 p.m.) 
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBC, 9 p.m.)
How To Get Away With Murder (ABC, 10 p.m.)
Broad City (Comedy Central, 10 p.m.): fifth season premiere

Wild card

Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.): And now, for something about as far removed as possible from the uncommonly decent TV worlds of Michael Schur. Emmy-winning filmmaker and “true crime pioneer” Joe Berlinger marks the 30th anniversary of the Bundy execution with a docuseries that uses over 100 hours of interviews with the killer. Our own Katie Rife reviewed the show, writing, “The most frightening thing about Bundy was his emptiness, his ability to become whatever was most convenient for him at any particular moment. Conversations With A Killer is aware of that void, but isn’t truly comfortable staring into it—allowing Bundy himself to fill that void with lies.”


Contributor, The A.V. Club and The Takeout. Allison loves TV, bourbon, and overanalyzing social interactions. Please buy her book, How TV Can Make You Smarter (Chronicle, 2020). It’s short!