The Good Place, Charles Manson, and Thanksgiving.

Giving Thanks for The Good Place

Giving Thanks for The Good Place

Slate's weekly roundtable.
Nov. 22 2017 11:19 AM

The Culture Gabfest “Recrimination in the Cranberry Sauce” Edition

Slate’s Culture Gabfest on The Good Place, Charles Manson, and Thanksgiving.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock and Colleen Hayes/NBC.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photos by Thinkstock and Colleen Hayes/NBC.

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This week, the critics discuss The Good Place, the Mike Schur–created comedy now in its second season on NBC. Does the show succeed in actually exploring philosophical works, or is it just name-dropping Kierkegaard and Kant? Then, Karina Longworth of You Must Remember This joins the discussion to talk about the death of Charles Manson and his impact on the culture. Finally, Sporkful podcast host Dan Pashman joins the gabbers to talk about Thanksgiving, the holiday’s effect on food websites, and his vow to never cover Thanksgiving again.

Links to some of the things we discussed this week:

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Stephen: “ ‘Like Sonny Liston’: An Appreciation of Tom Petty” by Patterson Hood in the Bitter Southerner, and the music of Drive-By Truckers

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Outro: “Boys From Alabama” by Drive-By Truckers

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Stephen Metcalf is Slate’s critic at large. He is working on a book about the 1980s.

Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

Julia Turner is the editor in chief of Slate and a regular on Slate’s Culture Gabfest podcast.