How Many Emmys Has ‘The Good Place’ Won?
Yes, it’s hard to deny it: Nearly everyone loves The Good Place. But sadly, that doesn’t always mean a show is a shoo-in when it comes to awards. Fortunately, the NBC comedy is up for multiple awards at the 2019 Emmys. But has it won in the past? Let’s find out.
Season 1 of ‘The Good Place’ began in 2016
We had no idea what to expect when The Good Place premiered in Sept. 2016. Sure, fans were on board with stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson, but aside from them (and the confidence we have in creator Mike Schur, who is also responsible for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation), there was a lot up in the air.
Fortunately, audiences soon fell in love with the rest of the cast (relative unknowns D’Arcy Carden, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, and Manny Santos) as well as the concept — a bizarre comedy that takes place in the afterlife. And we couldn’t get enough.
‘The Good Place’ wasn’t nominated until Season 2
Despite the immediate critical praise and fan adoration for The Good Place Season 1, which began airing in Sept. 2016 and completed its 13-episode run in Jan. 2017, wasn’t nominated for a single Emmy. Most of us were, understandably, outraged.
Fortunately, this was amended (slightly) the next year, when it came time for the 2018 Emmy nominees to be announced. But The Good Place Season 2 was nominated for just two awards: Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series for Ted Danson, and Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for Maya Rudolph. Neither won.
How many Emmys is ‘The Good Place’ nominated for in 2019?
Fortunately for us, there was a bit more of a push in 2019 The Academy of TV Arts and Sciences nominated The Good Place Season 3 for five awards, a significant jump from the year before. And among those is the biggest prize of all: Outstanding Comedy Series.
Additionally, Danson and Rudolph were again nominated in their respective categories. The episode “Janet(s)” was nominated for Outstanding Writing For A Comedy Series, and the San Diego Comic-Con Interactive Fan Experience was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy. So far, the series has lost two of these awards, but three are left to be determined at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.
Ted Danson’s win could mean this
It’s no surprise that Danson is once again nominated for Outstanding Actor In A Comedy Series. What is incredible is that this is his 13th nomination in the category! In addition to his two nods for The Good Place, he was also nominated eleven times for Cheers — the entirety of the series’ run.
And if Danson does win this year (or next, as we’re sure he’ll be nominated again), he’ll join an elite club. A win for Danson for The Good Place will make him one of just three actors (including Richard Mulligan and Michael J. Fox) who have won the Oustanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series Emmy for two different shows.
The nominations we’d like to see ‘The Good Place’ get in 2020
Of course, five nominations is great. But there are plenty more that we fell The Good Place deserves. First and foremost is the devastating snub of Carden for Outstanding Supporting Actress in A Comedy Series for the episode “Janet(s),” in which she flawlessly emulated four of her castmates.
Additionally, we feel that Bell has been greatly overlooked. To be honest, all of the cast is fantastic, but Bell’s performance as Eleanor Shellstrop is the heart of the show, and she definitely deserves an Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series nod. Oh, and we’d be remiss not to include Marc Evan Jackson, whose perfectly evil performance as Shawn inarguably is worthy of an award.