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Miracle Workers is a 2019 TBS series starring Daniel Radcliffe, Geraldine Viswanathan, and Steve Buscemi.

God is in a funk, having come to the realization that Earth has turned into a Crapsack World and that it's all become too much to handle. Deciding that his creation is a lost cause, God announces that he's decided to blow it all up and pursue other ventures. It's up to Craig and Eliza, low-level angels responsible for answering humanity's prayers, to convince God to give Earth one more chance by answering one impossible prayer within two weeks.

In May 2019, it was announced the series was renewed for a second season. The main cast is returning for a medieval plot.


Miracle Workers provides examples of the following:

  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: Eliza bets God that she and Craig can answer one impossible prayer in exchange for giving Earth a reprieve from fiery destruction. If Eliza loses, God blows the Earth up and she has to eat a worm in front of her co-workers.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the book both angels were optimistic, while in the series Craig is pessimistic and cynical.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Laura and Sam at the last possible second.
  • Black Sheep: "1 Day" reveals that God is this for his family. His big sister rules over a planetwide utopia, while his big brother has almost beaten their mother's record for "longest period without a war".
  • Bolt of Divine Retribution: God isn't very bright and has no subtlety so his solution to any obstacle in governing Earth is throwing down lightning bolts or some other terrifying weather phenomenon.
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  • British Brevity: As a limited series, the show was originally supposed to consist of a single season of seven episodes.
  • Celestial Bureaucracy:
    • God's angels work for Heaven Inc. and go about conducting celestial business as if they were mundane blue collar and white collar workers.
    • Earth and Heaven are just a part of a grand cosmos, with other planets and galaxies being run like businesses by other deities.
  • Clueless Boss: God is almost helpless without Sanjay around to do everything for him.
  • For Want of a Nail: Answering prayers is a pain-staking task, with even the most minute mistakes kicking off major earthly disasters. Even a successfully answered prayer can have unintended consequences, such as answering a prayer for a lost glove, only for the person praying to turn out to be an armed robber who needed the glove to go on a violent crime spree.
  • God Is Inept: The show depicts God as a well-meaning but bumbling Jaded Washout and Manchild who’s seriously considering destroying Earth after it failed to turn out how he hoped. It’s later revealed that he’s the Black Sheep of his divine family, and that his siblings have all created utopias with their own worlds. Played with, as it also turns out that Earth only failed to work because he’s the only deity to give his creations free will and lives of their own; all the other deities made mindless drones that can do nothing but follow commands, with the planets effectively being giant art projects instead of real civilizations. When the chips are down, God stands up to his family and refuses to let Earth die because even if it isn’t what he expected, he still loves it.
  • Groin Attack: In the second episode, God tasks Sanjay with engineering a way to make Bill Maher's penis expolde.
  • Heroic BSoD: God is despondent at seeing just how trouble Earth and its denizens are in and he's isolated himself from the rest of heaven and spends his time drinking and moping.
  • Hollow World: According to God's sister he forgot to build a middle into his world so humans are forced to live only on the surface because the inside is all fire.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: All the episodes are named after the time remaining before the world-ending bomb erupts.
  • Impossible Task: A large portion of humanity's prayers are immediately labelled as being impossible to answer because there are too many variables to try and control. Some of the worst are love prayers, one of which Craig and Eliza have to successfully answer in two weeks or else God blows the Earth up.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Craig is worn down after millennia of dealing with a never-ending deluge of prayers from humanity, most of them impossible to answer. He's managed to carve out a small bit of satisfaction by answering a handful of small scale prayers each day.
  • Kick the Dog: When Craig finds out that Sanjay has been helping wipe God's ass, he immediately gets it on camera to further the humiliation.
  • Meaningful Name: In press materials, the main characters' surnames are listed as Craig Bog, Eliza Hunter, and Sanjay Prince. In their former lives, Craig was a bog guardian, Eliza was a warrior, and Sanjay was royalty.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • The protagonists leave a swath of death and destruction in their wake as they try to win their bet against God. Justified, as they only have two weeks to win, otherwise God will blow up the Earth and bring about even more death and destruction.
    • Sanjay, Eliza, and Rosie's idea of getting Sam and Laura on the kiss cam at a basketball game results in Sam and Laura freezing up, the mascot getting involved and putting even more pressure on them, and the date ending in disaster after the mascot dies because Eliza tries to defuse the pressure by making his appendix burst.
    • Turns out that God's not much better, with the whole situation being his fault in the first place because he put no thought or care into his initial design and was apathetic in maintaining it.
  • No Hero to His Valet: While Sanjay relishes the status he gets from being God's right-hand angel, he knows better than anyone that God is a complete wreck who is helpless on his own.
  • Oh, Crap!: At the end of the fourth episode, the team finds out that Sam's beloved grandmother is due to die in two days.
  • Older Than They Look:
    • Craig, Eliza, and Sanjay all look like they're barely out of college, but they all lived and died hundreds of years ago.
    • God's older siblings both look younger than him. His sister looks like a child.
  • Only Sane Man: Craig's caution makes him this. While Eliza, Sanjay, and Rosie are prepared to go to drastic measures to achieve their goals, Craig advocates caution and avoiding as much collateral damage as possible.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: In their quest to bring two people together, Craig and Eliza cause a great deal of havoc, including rupturing some poor guy's appendix, destroying a major airport in China, and crashing an oil tanker into the Galapagos Islands. Justified, as they only have two weeks to win, otherwise God will blow up the Earth and bring about even more death and destruction.
  • Ruptured Appendix: The angels usually turn to bursting people's appendixes when they're panicking and out of options. They become even more panicked if their target has already had their appendix removed.
  • Snipe Hunt: In his former life, Craig was a caveman whose job was to keep watch for the "bog monster". As he thinks about it, it occurs to him that there probably never was a bog monster and the villagers just wanted to get rid of him.
  • Technician vs. Performer: Craig and Sanjay have a rivalry based on their approaches to miracles. Craig prefers tiny, carefully-engineered miracles that make as few waves as possible. Sanjay is more willing to take risks in order to create big miracles.
  • Timed Mission: Craig and Eliza have only two weeks to save Earth from destruction.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Eliza has pure intentions, but she causes more trouble by trying to help. In the first episode alone, she accidentally inflicts deadly typhoons while trying to answer a farmer's prayer for rain, which snowballs into her giving God the idea to blow the Earth up.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Eliza comes to the Answered Prayers Department thinking that she can really make a difference. Craig quickly disabuses her of that notion.

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