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Happy Endings: Season 1 (2011)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 19
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 10

Happy Endings has its moments, but overall, it's an uneven sitcom that strands a likeable cast in unbelievable situations.

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 6

Happy Endings has its moments, but overall, it's an uneven sitcom that strands a likeable cast in unbelievable situations.

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Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 13

My Rating

Season Info

When Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) leaves Dave (Zachary Knighton) at the altar, their circle of six Chicago friends deals with the complications arising from the break-up of a seemingly perfect couple. Alex's married big sister Jane (Eliza Coupe) is the perfectionist of the group, but slows her plan for a full-fledged suburban family with Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) after the break-up. The single life is nothing new for Penny (Casey Wilson), who is seen dating someone new every week while annoying the gang

Genre: Comedy

Network: ABC

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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 13, 2011

Pilot

Alex suddenly leaves Dave at the altar on the day of their wedding, putting their group of friends in an awkward position of having to choose sides. All these problems come to a head at Penny's birtay party the following week.

2
Air date: Apr 13, 2011

The Quicksand Girlfriend

Dave has a one night stand with a girl he met at a bar. Meanwhile, Jane tries to help Alex find a new roommate and Penny decides to find herself a more stereotypical gay friend to hang out with.

3
Air date: Apr 20, 2011

Your Couples Friends & Neighbor

Jane convinces Brad to try and befriend a more sophisticated married couple; Max and Dave try to figure out why stuff has been disappearing from their apartment; Penny encourages Alex to start dating again.

4
Air date: Apr 20, 2011

Mein Coming Out

The gang tries to convince Max to come out to his parents when the two visit Chicago and Max has to scramble yet again to get one of the ladies to pose as his girlfriend.

5
Air date: Apr 27, 2011

Like Father, Like Gun

Brad's uptight dad is in town for some serious health tests. When he gets an all clear, he cuts loose with a new lease on life, something Brad has a hard time adjusting to.

6
Air date: May 4, 2011

Of Mice & Jazz-Kwon Do

Dave helps Alex with a mouse problem; Penny regrets inviting overly-competitive Jane to her self-defense class; Brad tries to set Max up with a guy he knows from the office.

7
Air date: May 4, 2011

Dave of the Dead

Dave talks about quitting his job to start his own restaurant. Max and Jane compete in a series of challenges to determine who would survive a zombie apocalypse. Penny has trouble keeping up with her new hipster boyfriend.

8
Air date: May 11, 2011

The Girl With the David Tattoo

Dave and Alex regret their couples tattoos and decide to get them removed; Jane feels Max is missing out on a perfect date; Brad and Penny try to make things right with a waiter they accidentally had fired.

9
Air date: May 11, 2011

You've Got Male

Alex teams up with other small business owners to fight a chain coffee store that moves into the neighborhood but things become complicated when Max finds out he's dating the store's owner.

10
Air date: May 18, 2011

Bo Fight

As Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave (Zachary Knighton) struggle to move past their wedding day breakup with the support of their family and friends, Jane (Eliza Coupe) fears that her marriage to Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr.) is in danger of losing its spark. And as Dave reluctantly moves in with Max (Adam Pally), Penny grudgingly agrees to attend a cooking class with Alex.

11
Air date: May 18, 2011

Barefoot Pedaler

Dave and Alex refuse to let their recent break up stand in the way of everyone seeing their favorite band together. Penny is determined to get backstage to reunite with the band's lead singer who she dated years before.

12
Air date: May 25, 2011

The Shershow Redemption

Being invited to the wedding of an old friend creates unexpected consequences and feelings among the group. Brad and Jane discover unsettling news; Alex agrees to act as Dave's wingman; Penny pretends to be engaged to Derrick.

13
Air date: Aug 24, 2011

Why Can't You Read Me?

Alex and Jane's sibling rivalry heats up; Dave dates an attractive woman (Bre Blair) with an unusual quirk; Penny gets a new assistant at work, while Max and Brad find a new obsession.

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (10)

After seeing four episodes of the newest pal-com, Happy Endings, I'd have to say it's...not bad at all.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

After the sardonic Modern Family, whose tone it tries and falls short of emulating, Happy Endings is both a retro version of "Friends" and a more superficially progressive one.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

It's all too frantic, too full of obnoxious people contorting themselves into stupid lies in the service of jokes that never quite land.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix

Happy Endings excels at fearless humor that's sometimes shocking, not because it's gratuitous, but because it's an unexpected surprise -- and a welcome one at that.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

There's desperation here, and if Happy Endings would slow down long enough to let itself breathe, it might find a footing.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Happy Endings is really no better than any of those other comedies, which is to say, it's pretty weak.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Some of the situations they encounter on the dating and relationship circuit are promisingly wacky, but the tortured jokes lean way too heavily on pop-culture references.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

It's a sitcom. The requirements for logic are more relaxed here.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

These friends do have chemistry, and some great moments as a hipster Greek chorus.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

It's populated with likable actors and rarely out-and-out bad, but it's also never much more than mildly amusing.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Ultimately, Endings is less than the sum of its parts.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Happy Endings quickly gets its game in gear.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

[David] Caspe and crew do almost nothing that doesn't feel secondhand and artificial.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

The smattering of moderately clever lines isn't enough to distinguish the show from the other shows about youngsters in Relationship Land.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

It is nothing new, but it is well assembled and expertly played.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

I could swear NBC body-dumped a sitcom last year with the same initial premise.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Happy Endings is so funny I heard a noise I haven't heard in a very long time while watching a sitcom: the sound of me yelping so loudly it could frighten dogs. OK, yes, I like cheap one-liners.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

Despite the fact that it's a clone lacking in conceptual originality, despite its cliched situations involving too-needy women and emotionally phobic men, I like this show.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

As of one episode, it's decently entertaining, though its sharp writing suggests potential.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

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