Kristen Bell and Ted Danson Dish on Kids, Cursing and ... Wait for It ... Tampons

The Good Place premieres Monday at 10 p.m. ET on NBC

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File Kristen Bell and Ted Danson under your favorite – and perhaps least expected – new costar pairing.

The two actors are poised to make their debut together in The Good Place, a breezy new comedy premiering Monday on NBC – and if their chemistry is as strong on screen as off, we’ve got plenty to look forward to.

“Can I just say, ‘I adore you’?” Danson, 68, tells Bell, 36, during an exclusive PEOPLE interview for this week’s issue. “You’re spectacular!”

“Why – of all the people that you’ve worked with in your unbelievable career – why am I the favorite person that you’ve ever worked with?” asks Bell.

“Well, first we have to remove our mates out of it because [your husband] Dax [Shepard] is clearly the favorite person you’ve ever worked with and Mary Steenburgen, my wife, is the favorite person I’ve ever worked with,” says Danson. “Removing them, because it’s just unfair, I’ll tell you why: First off, you’re a sight to behold – you’re absolutely gorgeous.”

As Bell laughs, Danson goes on to list more of the star’s sparkling qualities.

“You are smart – I value smart so much, especially when it comes to comedy,” he says. “You need to be smart and you need to be nimble. You are the fastest, nimblest – it may have something to do with your size – person I have ever met in my life.”

“You also are caring and kind,” he continues. “You show up, you are loving, kind, generous and funny with everybody on the set. You do your job, you get in your car and you go home to your kids.”

Eyebrows raised, Bell asks: “Do you like my kids as much, truthfully, as you seem to like them?”

“Yes, I do. And I’m a sucker,” Danson admits. “The fact that your youngest looks for me when she comes on the set flatters me to no end. So yes, I do. You and Dax are amazing parents.”

“It does them no service to shelter them,” says Bell, who shares daughters Lincoln, 3, and Delta, 21 months, with Shepard, 41.

“The other day my daughter asked what a tampon was, and I told her,” she adds, quipping: “One day when you’re ready, I’ll explain them to you, Ted.”

All jokes aside, though, the two agree that The Good Place, which follows Bell’s character Eleanor coping with entering the afterlife after she mistakenly ends up in heaven, is a family show through and through.

“It’s intellectual comedy, which will appeal to adults, but there’s nothing that can’t be shown to children,” says Bell. “We don’t curse on the show, so my character says ‘bullshirt’ instead of a swear word. It fuses my two favorite things: laughter and discovering what it means to be a good person.”

The Good Place premieres Monday at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

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