Ted Danson has seen and heard a lot throughout his television career, but he was stumped when his The Good Place costar Kristen Bell described their new show by using “bae.”
The new NBC comes from Parks and Rec boss Michael Schur follows Eleanor (Bell), a recently deceased woman who accidentally ends up in the “good” part of the afterlife, transported there instead of someone else more deserving. There, people are partnered up with their true soul mate, a reward for the excellent life they lived.
“Everyone in the afterlife is paired with a soul mate, otherwise known as a bae,” Bell explains in a video for EW, wherein she and Danson summarize the show by picking six random words out of a bowl. The former Cheers star was confused by this particular word, though.
“As a what?” he asks. “A bae. It’s like short for babe or baby. The kids say it a lot,” Bell replies to a gracious Danson: “Oh thank you, thank you.”
Bell detailed the situation — a post-life utopia — will dig into questions and debates that are unexpected for a sitcom. “The concept of the show can seem a bit surreal, because we’re dealing with a lot of ethical and moral conundrums under the guise of the non-reality existence of The Good Place,” she adds.
See the video above. The Good Place debuted Monday and airs Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC.