'Miracle Workers': God wants to blow up Earth but worry not, Heaven Inc.'s best angels are on it
'Miracle Workers' looks at the universe as a factory-run enterprise, where angels, the employees of Heaven Inc., are working hard to make sure things down on Earth run smoothly
Looking for your next binge-watchable obsession? Look no further, because we have the perfect show for you. Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi, TBS’ upcoming comedy and produced by the mastermind behind ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Lorne Michaels, ‘Miracle Workers’ is going to amuse you in the very least. Best described as a heavenly workplace comedy, the show looks at the universe as a factory-run enterprise, where angels, the employees of Heaven Inc., are working hard to make sure things down on Earth are running smoothly.
Buscemi plays a jaded and disillusioned God, who is tired of all the ways in which humans have disappointed him, and decides to put an end to the whole thing - you know, Earth? However, not everyone is on board, after all, millions of years’ worth of hard work would go down the drain. The one angel who is definitely against the whole destroying earth plan is the wide-eyed newbie Eliza, portrayed by the talented Geraldine Viswanathan.
Eliza believes in humans and wants to really make a difference in their puny little lives. She wants to answer some prayers, bring forth a few smiles and make humans a little happier. Radcliffe’s Craig, the timid and scared rule-follower, is moved by Eliza’s charm and confidence and joins forces. The ragtag team is complete when God’s right-hand man Sanjay (portrayed by Karan Soni), disappointed with his life, and utterly bored out of his mind also joins in.
It’s a high stakes scenario for the Earthlings, who are oblivious – as one would expect – of everything, and for these heavenly beings, who go out of their way to save said Earthlings. The task at hand is near impossible, make two lovesick, yet terribly shy humans kiss before a deadline set by God.
The show is a brilliant new take on life and afterlife, looking at it from a point of irreverence, and yet, gratitude. As mundane and random as life may seem, there is still quite a bit to be thankful about. If you are a ‘The Good Place’ fan and wondering how this would be any better than the NBC show, what you need to remember is that it’s not trying to be better, or compete in any way, shape or form.
In fact, if you love ‘The Good place,’ chances are, you will fall head over heels in love with ‘Miracle Workers,’ because while the NBC show uses philosophy and ethics to make the afterlife fun, the TBS comedy shows that every event is random and factory-made; and yet, the irreverence for the very things that cause bloody wars and online debates is an underlying theme in both.
It’s weird, funny and makes you think – what more do you want in a comedy? I’d argue nothing. So don’t forget to check the show when it premieres Tuesday, February 12, on TBS.