At the start of the new TV series “The Good Place,” we find Eleanor, played by actress Kristen Bell, awaken from what appeared to be a dream state. She’s in what I first thought was a psychologists office, with Michael (played by Ted Danson) there to tell her she actually died and is in a different place altogether.

As the show progressed, there was certainly a dreamy, floaty air about the premise, but after awhile, I couldn’t help but hope I would wake up out of a dream myself.

“A Good Place” takes a somewhat non-religious stance on where people go when they die. How you take the religion out of that, I have no idea. The show even makes a politically correct statement on that, suggesting that every world religion had certain aspects of what they view as the afterlife correct. But whatever, religion isn’t exactly the main topic of this series’ one-hour premiere.

Rather, it’s about being a good person. That’s how you get to the “good place.” So Eleanor realizes she’s in the good place where everything is perfectly how she imagined a perfect life and world to be.

There’s just one problem: She doesn’t belong in the good place.

Not long after she gets the tour of where she’s spending eternity, she confesses to her soulmate — yes, everyone gets to live with his or her soulmate in this good place — that they got the wrong person. A few quick flashbacks of her on-Earth life reveal her to be selfish, thoughtless, rude and lacking of any morality.

So she got mixed up. But after a brief audio glimpse of where she should have ended up, she realizes she needs to change her ways in a hurry. Probably the most intriguing juxtaposition of the episode comes up when Chidi, her soulmate, goes through a very deliberate, very problematic thought process. Should he report the error, especially because things start going terribly wrong in the good place directly as a result of her presence? Should he try to help become a better person? Does she deserve that opportunity? Is he losing some of his moral standing in the meantime?

In the end, he more or less agrees (with the help of a little trick of Eleanor’s; yeah, she’s totally ready for a chance of heart), and the show presumably will be about her journey to earning her stay in the good place.

While the show definitely has some potential, there is a lot of clutter that, to me, seems like it will only hinder the show. Several of the side characters were more annoying than funny. Quirky is an understatement when describing the general way things are in the good place. It’s hard to believe that the creators of this show couldn’t come up with something a little more definitive and creative.

The elephant in the room, of course, is the method by which people are selected to come to the good place after death. A person’s good deeds have to outweigh the bad by a lot. Again, the religious and, in some ways, supernatural aspects of the concept have been largely ignored. It’s a gamble, and, judging by the first two half-hour episodes, it’s probably not going to pay off.

Worst of all? The show is a comedy that just isn’t funny. The premiere was a little too conceptual for its own good. Sure, there’s a comedic irony to what’s going on by having a bad person in the good place. But there’s really nothing that makes you laugh all that much.

So what is the good place like? That, too, misses the mark when it comes to comedy. It’s a small quaint little village where there are frozen yogurt stands on every corner. You drink out of cups that don’t leak. Oh boy, I can’t contain my giddiness. Seriously, this place is pretty dull and lame.

I want to go to Heaven, er, the good place, when I die, but I hope it’s nothing like what “The Good Place” has shown in its opening hour.

“The Good Place” airs at 8:30 p.m. Thursdays on NBC

— Jeremy Costello is the Sports Editor and Entertainment Guru for the Butler County (Kansas) Times Gazette.