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TikTok users are tallying their ‘Good Place’ points to see how they’d fare in the afterlife

Do points count in quarantine?

 

Stacey Ritzen

Internet Culture

Published Apr 29, 2020

The Good Place, which ran on NBC for four seasons from 2016 to 2020, was the darling comedy series from writer-producer Michael Schur (Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), about four misfits who accidentally find themselves in the titular “Good Place” in the afterlife. (Despite their seemingly best efforts during their time on earth to get there.)

In the very first episode, the very scientific Good Place points system is laid out by neighborhood architect Michael (Ted Danson)—who explains, how exactly, this determines who makes the cut, based on all the good and bad things an individual has done throughout the course of their lives.

We won’t spoil any of the (quite numerous) twists and turns that play out for those who might be starting to binge the series. However, the Good Place points system has now become a very good TikTok meme, by users joking about the positive or negative points they’re tallying with their own personal actions.

The first known example of the meme occurred on April 7, 2020, according to Know Your Meme, when user @doofenshmirtz48 uploaded the following clip of her working on her laptop. “Forgot to do an assignment and told the professor it’s late due to the time difference,” she captioned the video in a text box, set to The Good Place theme song composed by David Schwartz.

https://www.tiktok.com/@doofenshmirtz48/video/6813090556508425478

As the original clip began to go viral, others joined in. Some acts of both philanthropy and wrongdoing were more weighty than others, with many joking about how their Good Place points (or lack thereof) during quarantine will stack against them come judgement day.

@misswhitebio

I WILL do a tik tok for every sound involving the good place #fyp #thegoodplace

♬ original sound – kayl_juice
https://www.tiktok.com/@tylerholbert/video/6817496315224657157
https://www.tiktok.com/@briannataladua/video/6814966876486094085

This user awarded herself a whopping 90,015,023 Good Place points for not damaging her hair during quarantine, which seems like something one might actually earn Bad Place points for pointing out [insert thinking face emoji].

And then there were those maniacs who got extremely TMI with their Good Place points:

https://www.tiktok.com/@jewishbobduncan/video/6813178408659471621
@jrheitz

POV: you’re leaving a guys house after a gr!ndr hu and your good place score goes up #fyp #gay #lgbt #thegoodplace #xyzcba

♬ original sound – kayl_juice

On the other side of the coin, allow us to present to you this real estate agent, who added to his Good Place points by helping fix the sign of a rival real estate agent.

https://www.tiktok.com/@sztanyo_the_manyo/video/6814859531940547846

If these TikTok videos have anyone feeling better or worse about themselves, rest easy knowing that, much like calories, Good place points don’t actually count during quarantine. You’re forking welcome!

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*First Published: Apr 29, 2020, 12:30 pm CDT