Happy!: Season 1 (2017 - 2018)

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Happy! certainly isn't for everyone, but its appealingly oddball concept and strong performances from Chris Meloni and Patton Oswalt make for a gritty, dark comedy with definite -- albeit unusual -- appeal.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2017

A hit man must partner with an imaginary blue winged horse to rescue a missing child.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2017

Sax crashes a high-stakes poker game to win guns and cash for an escape from New York as Happy tries to convince him he's a father; ex-wife Amanda and ex-lover Merry team up to rescue Hailey.

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Air date: Dec 20, 2017

Sax journeys through a dark past while he and Happy track his daughter; Merry and Amanda make a chilling discovery; Very Bad Santa coerces information out of Hailey about her dad.

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Air date: Dec 27, 2017

Sax and Happy follow their fortunes to Chinatown; Blue's sister shows up seeking revenge for the murder of her sons; Merry's search draws her ever closer to Very Bad Santa.

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Air date: Jan 10, 2018

Following a destructive family reunion, Sax and Happy go their separate ways; Merry is under investigation by Internal Affairs; Hailey and children are introduced to a far more terrifying prison.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2018

Sax and Happy embark on lonely journey in which Sax stumbles on a new plan to negotiate for his daughter's release; Happy takes solace in the welcoming arms of another Imaginary Friend.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2018

Finally reunited, Sax and Happy make one last push to save Hailey; Amanda pursues a dangerous lead all by herself; Blue and Isabella come to blows over a dark family secret.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2018

With Christmas approaching, Sax and Happy are locked in a climatic confrontation to rescue Hailey from Very Bad Santa's lair; Merry sets out to save Amanda from a far more powerful foe.

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Cast & Crew

Christopher Meloni
Nick Sax

Actor
Patton Oswalt
Happy

Voice
Lili Mirojnick
Meredith McCarthy

Actor
Ritchie Coster
Mr. Blue

Actor
Medina Senghore
Amanda Hansen

Actor
Patrick Fischler
Smoothie

Actor
Ren Colley
Kenji

Guest Star
Glenn Wein
Prawn Man

Actor
Christopher Fitzgerald
Sonny Shine

Guest Star
Bryce Lorenzo
Hailey Hansen

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Gus Halper
Mikey Scaramucci

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Joseph D. Reitman
Very Bad Santa

Guest Star
Michael Maize
Le Dic

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Grant Morrison
Executive Producer
Brian Taylor
Executive Producer
Patrick Macmanus
Executive Producer
Neal H. Moritz
Executive Producer
Pavun Shetty
Executive Producer
Toby Jaffe
Executive Producer
Christopher Meloni
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Critic Reviews for Happy!: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Happy!: Season 1

  • Jul 12, 2022
    It was an amazing series! I hope to see more seasons in the future. I rate it a 10/10
  • Feb 01, 2022
    It hooked me within first 2/3 minutes. Total madness at its finest. There are many genres in it, often they change in same episode, like a police story turning to pure 3D animation then to splatter... after a few episodes you expect everything could happen, like finding yourself watching a Spaghetti Western or Kaiju. The only positive (optimist) character - despite progressively being pushed into the "dark side" - is the unicorn Happy. The others are all a mix of good and bad (nearer to the latter), so you empatize with members of both sides, as the boundaries aren't SO clear. Definitely a great tv show, I strongly recommend it to "adventurous" viewers.
  • Jul 23, 2021
    Bloody diabolical with a strange setting, just love it and felt ashamed due overlooking such gem
  • Jun 21, 2021
    Love love love Happy! Totally upset they are not brining in season 3! Unfortunate it hadn't been well publisied to make the view count higher for the production to see it worth continuing! Hope they return to it and soon! Such a different take on dark comedy needs to be relived.
  • May 06, 2021
    Happy! Season 1 doesn't care if it's offends you but what did you expect from one of the directors of Crank with its insanity and Patton Oswalt‘s fantastic voice over as a overly cheerful cartoon imagery friend
  • Apr 18, 2021
    Just a straight up master piece really weird but funny, messed up but really good what else could we ask for? It's different and that's what I love about it both seasons are fantastic and you should definitely watch
  • Apr 03, 2021
    I really like Happy! Season 1 better than Season 2. It's dark, it's funny, it's creepy. It's a lot like the movie Shoot 'Em Up. It actually reminds me of the TV series, Married With Children.
  • Mar 10, 2021
    An ironic, irrational, wonderfull journey trough the porcelain angels of destruction and deconstruction that human mind have to offer. Is all connected
  • Jan 30, 2021
    i am overrating this by a half a star or so because I am pissed (American pissed / not drunk) that it got canceled. It might take a minute to get into, sure, but it is better, funnier, more creative, than 98% of the bullshit that popular culture subscribes to. When you realize how stupid your average person is, then realize that half the people out there are less intelligent than that (~George Carlin), you realize how systematically the banality of entertainment and art that we are subjected to is. Since you've read this far, go check out Delicatessen - kinda an Amelie noir. Worth a watch. Might I offer you an egg in these trying times? Just did. Dominus vobiscum you dirty bastard.
  • Dec 24, 2020
    I was walking with a friend the other day, talking about our favourite Christmas movies and shows it suddenly popped in my mind that there had been a show the previous year, or the year before that, or maybe even the year before that, that I had thought was so incredibly brilliant, so hilarious and outrageous that surely I'd never forget it. The only things I remembered exactly about the show was that it had been on Netflix, and it had starred Christopher Meloni of Law & Order SVU and Oz fame. I remembered that well because Meloni has come to be known as subtle stoic type of actor and, in this show that I couldn't remember the name of, he goes over the top with an abandon that we've only come to expect from John Malkovich or Billy Bob Thornton. What the hell was the name of that show?! When I got home I looked it up. And discovered there was a second season set around Easter. The name of the show is Happy!, and I decided to watch the Christmas season again. I mean, surely it couldn't have been that great if I forgot the name. It is that great and more. And I will never forget the name again. I binge watched the entire first/Christmas season last night. And it's even better and more hilarious the second time around. The premise of Happy! is this: An alcoholic drug addicted ex cop is visited by the imaginary friend of the daughter he doesn't know he has after she has been kidnapped by a grungy meth smoking Santa Claus along with many other children. Yup. I know that doesn't sound like it could work or be funny at all, but, as is true for The Misfits and Wayne, Happy!'s very weirdness and outrageousness is what makes it both brilliant and fall out of your chair hilarious. Christopher Meloni is perfectly cast. We've come to know him as a manly and very serious detective. He takes that expectation, your expectation of the kind of actor you've come to know, and explodes it outwards and upside done. It is a truly bravura performance. If you didn't already love Meloni, hell, even if you did, he is going to leave you stunned and among his biggest fans. The script is filled with ridiculous names and characters, all brilliantly played, including a mobster known only as Blue and a psychopathic torturer known only as Smoothie. And then there is Happy himself. A cartoon horse voiced wonderfully by Patton Oswalt. This show just gets weirder and more wonderful. You just have to throw your suspension of disbelief out the window and enjoy the wonderful so wrong that it's right ride that is Happy!. I haven't started the second/Easter season yet. I may go back and watch the first season all over again. I loved it that much. If you loved The Misfits and Wayne (And what kind of dead humorless soul would you have to have to not love those shows...), you will adore Happy! It's on Netflix and you should watch it right now! And we should definitely make this a Christmas tradition. Don't tell you're parents, don't let your kids watch, but lets get together and watch Happy! every Christmas. I definitely am going to be doing that from now on! Happy! may not give you the Christmas spirit, but I can practically guarantee you that you will have a big smile on your face throughout. I can't promise that you won't hurt yourself laughing.

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