Happy Endings, like many sitcoms, features a rag-tag band of dysfunctional misfits. Their primary goal? Well, sometimes just existing presents layers of complications.
You may not be familiar with the long canceled ABC sitcom, but you are familiar with the plot. It’s an age old classic perfected by the likes of Friends or, in my overstated opinion, Community.
It’s an overbaked formula in television, especially these days in “network tv.” But it absolutely still works when the characters are interesting.
Modern Family is a household title, whether you abandoned it when it flew past its prime 5 years ago, or you still consume it for the few chuckles it’s worth today. The show was initially a stunning success with a wide array of quirky characters.
Happy Endings is awkward. This awkwardness seeps through the first two seasons. The plotlines are occasionally worth more than a laugh, but the characters are almost too similar to connect.
Netflix released Friends From College last year. It receieved mostly negative reviews as it featured a cast of characters that were, not only similar, but also despicable. The show jarringly swayed into heavy themes and overall, I thought it worked.
The issue with Happy Endings is that every character is the lovable goofball. They are different in minor traits which, by season 3, become more defined and well worth the journey.
It’s like Friends if all the characters acted like Joey. There’s no everyman like Chandler, and there isn’t a romantic componet worth investing in like Ross and Rachel, at least not initially.
I like Happy Endings.
It’s charming, but it’s almost better used as background noise while you write WordPress blogposts on your phone.