Kristen Bell takes lessons in goodness when she accidentally finds herself in heaven in “The Good Place.” And Heston Blumenthal’s jaw-dropping meals come to the Cooking Channel.
THE GOOD PLACE on Netflix. This philosophical comedy from Michael Schur, co-creator of “Parks and Recreation,” conjures a world where a points-based system tallies a person’s moral actions to determine their afterlife destination. Kristen Bell plays the egotistic Eleanor Shellstrop, who, after dying in a car crash, realizes she has mistakenly been sent to “the good place” instead of a virtuous woman with the same name. With no intention of leaving this la-la land (where swearing and hangovers are nonexistent), she works toward becoming a better person. Ms. Bell “may not belong in heaven,” James Poniewozik wrote in The New York Times, “but it’s fun to watch her give it hell.” Catch up on Season 1 before the next season begins on Sept. 20 on NBC.
ADVENTURE TIME on iTunes, Amazon and Hulu. The last human on Earth, Finn, and his wise talking dog, Jake, embark on trippy journeys in the colorful post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, relying on each other to fight monsters and other frightening creatures. Writing in The Times, Mike Hale described the Emmy Award-winning animated series as “imaginative, silly (in a good way) and sneakily sophisticated, without the gross-out or suggestive humor that characterizes many children’s cartoons.”
ABOUNA (2002) on Mubi. The relationship between two young brothers, Amine (Hamza Moctar Aguid) and Tahir (Ahidjo Mahamat Moussa), strengthens after their father abruptly takes off. Based in the capital of Chad, this drama by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun follows Amine and Tahir as they search for their father and slowly learn the concept of responsibility. “Poignant though it is,” A. O. Scott wrote in The Times, “the movie is the opposite of depressing: there is too much life in it.”
What’s on TV
DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012) 7:15 p.m. on TNT; also streaming on iTunes and Amazon. The director Quentin Tarantino pairs Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), a German bounty hunter, with Django (Jamie Foxx), a former slave who seamlessly transforms into a hired gun, in this outlandish film inspired by spaghetti westerns. The two charge through the antebellum South hunting outlaws and trying to rescue Django’s wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). “It is digressive, jokey, giddily brutal and ferociously profane,” A. O. Scott wrote in The Times. “But it is also a troubling and important movie about slavery and racism.”
THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY 8 p.m. on Bravo. This edition of “Orange County Social” intertwines commentary from fans, bloggers and producers with scenes from the luxurious reality show.
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