Every workplace is a family. But for Katie, a producer at cable news network MMN, it goes one step further when her mom, Carol, is hired as an intern. That's just scratching the surface of this slightly offbeat team, which includes old-school newsman Chuck and hip millennial Portia, the two co-anchors who only get along when the cameras are rolling. Then there's Greg, the young, ambitious but uptight executive producer, and Justin, the laid-back video editor and voice of reason for this oddball crew. Together, they may be a little dysfunctional, but that won't stop them from doing what they do best: breaking the news.
In the 1980s, geeky Adam uses a video camera to document his family's crazy life. His mother, Beverly, is overprotective and lacks boundaries, while his dad has a hot temper and finds it difficult to parent without screaming. Rounding out the clan are Adam's terrifying sister, Erica; his older brother, Barry, who has middle-child syndrome; and the family's beloved grandfather, Al "Pops" Solomon. Pops is responsible for wild antics, including offering drinks to Barry and teaching Adam about the ways of love -- which create more chaos in an already high-strung family.
Naive 20-something Josh Greenberg is in search of love. Things aren't exactly in his favor to find his ideal mate -- for he has a bad job and apartment and is afraid to approach women. But his best-friend/confidant Mike -- his polar opposite -- is a cool, confident bro with an expense account. Mike is also the proverbial devil on his buddy's shoulder, pushing him to engage in activities like sex and drugs. Also in Josh's life is his sister Liz, a corporate lawyer who wants him to get his act together. When Josh does finally find love, he tackles his toughest challenge to date: a serious, long-term relationship and all that comes with it, including anniversaries, merging friend groups, and learning to live their lives as a team.
Several friends own Paddy's Pub, a neighborhood bar in Philadelphia, and try to find their way in the world of work and relationships. But often, they can't get out of their own way, leading to uncomfortable situations, which usually worsen before improving. The gang includes twin siblings Dennis and Sweet Dee Reynolds, along with their longtime friends, Charlie Kelly and Ronald "Mac" McDonald. Charlie lives with Frank, Dennis and Sweet Dee's father, who has left his cheating, money-grabbing wife in an attempt to redeem himself after a history of doing business with sketchy people.
When her sister ends up in prison and her brother-in-law disappears, local politician Mel Burke steps in to take responsibility for her teenage niece Lennox and adolescent nephew Ryder. Realizing quickly she's in over her head, Mel welcomes help in the unlikely form of Joe Longo -- formerly a commodities trader -- who moves in and becomes the family's "manny" ... that is until Joe goes from being Mel's employee to becoming her husband when they marry.
When Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in the afterlife, she's both relieved and surprised that she's made it into the Good Place. But it doesn't take long for Eleanor to realize she's there by mistake. She hides in plain sight from the Good Place's architect Michael and his all-knowing assistant Janet. Her seemingly perfect neighbors Tahani and Jianyu and open-hearted soul mate Chidi help her realize that it's never too late. With the help of her new friends -- and a few enemies -- Eleanor becomes determined to shed her old way of life in hopes of discovering a new one in the afterlife.
After years of toiling away in a small inner-city apartment, making music in his bedroom closet, young rapper Courtney Rose is ready for his big break. Tired of waiting for opportunity, Courtney cooks up the publicity stunt of the century -- running for mayor of his hometown in California to generate buzz for his music career. His master plan goes wildly awry, ending in the most terrifying of outcomes: an election victory. With the help of his mother and friends, Courtney will have to overcome his hubris if he wants to transform the struggling city he loves.
Childhood best friends Maggie Caruso and Emma Crawford have shared countless adventures raising Maggie's daughter Charlotte together in their hometown of Pinebrook. The BFFs overcome unexpected hurdles since Emma's move back home to help Maggie, including navigating colorful characters from their past and surviving countless dating misadventures. Now, the tables are turned when Maggie needs to come to Emma's rescue as their friendship faces its biggest challenge yet. These women complement each other the way only best friends can, by facing the challenges of their past, present and future -- together.