Happy!: Season 1 (2017 - 2018)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

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.



Critic Ratings: 35


Audience Score

User Ratings: 712
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Air date: Dec 6, 2017
Air date: Dec 13, 2017
Air date: Dec 20, 2017
Air date: Dec 27, 2017
Air date: Jan 10, 2018
Air date: Jan 17, 2018
Air date: Jan 24, 2018
Air date: Jan 31, 2018

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Ex-cop and now-hitman Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni) accidentally uncovers a secret about the Scaramucci crime family led by Mr. Blue (Ritchie Coster) and nearly pays for the discovery with his own life. Upon waking up at the hospital after getting shot, Nick finds that he can now see a blue unicorn who calls himself Happy (Patton Oswalt). Happy explains that he's the imaginary friend of Nick's estranged daughter Hailey (Bryce Lorenzo) and that Nick must rescue her from a Very Bad Santa (Joseph D. Reitman). With Happy's help, Nick hunts down Very Bad Santa and, at the same time, tries to get ahead of Mr. Blue and his men to save his own skin. "Happy!" also stars Lili Mirojnick as Det. Merry McCarthy, Medina Senghore as Amanda Hansen, and Patrick Fischler as Smoothie.

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Critic Reviews for Happy! Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (15)

...deranged, hyper-violent, grotesque, too clever by half, but with a hidden heart that won't stop beating...

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The two form a cute, classic odd couple, and Happy certainly makes for a memorable partner.

Dec 6, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

Actors are supposed to take chances, and this is a guy who's willing and able. More power to him, even if Happy! overloads on shock value the way Hallmark annually overdoses on sappy holiday cheer.

Dec 5, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

At times, it's almost desperate in its desire to shock, and mistaking insanity for wit. At other times, it's clever and twisted in ways that could become addictive for the right audience, preferably one at least partially intoxicated.

Dec 5, 2017 | Full Review…

This is a gross, weird, frenetic show filled with horrible people and terrible deeds, but it's also one of the most inventively shot and acted things I've seen on TV.

Mar 29, 2019 | Full Review…

Meloni is absolute perfection in this role, and this could stand to be his best yet.

Aug 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Meloni is so much fun to watch and Oswalt is so genuine that the inherent cartooniness of the series is actually enhanced by a pair of mismatched cartoons.

Nov 26, 2017 | Full Review…

It's rude. It's cruel. It's violent. It's messy. It's funny. It's all of those things. But, it's also far smarter than anyone is going to give it credit for.

Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Comic-turned-ultraviolent dark comedy series pushes limits.

Dec 12, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The balance feels off, with some egregious padding and dumb shlock stereotypes dulling the edge of Morrison's zany imagining, but I can't deny I want to see more of this.

Dec 7, 2017 | Full Review…

You might even find that it jerks a tear or two out of you when you least expect it. Absolutely marvelous.

May 24, 2018 | Full Review…

If you're able to view Happy! mainly as an exercise in style and attitude, with a brilliant lead performance, you'll find a lot to admire here.

Dec 6, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Happy!: Season 1

  • Sep 24, 2019
    This has got to be some of freshest, darkest, funniest and innovative television I've ever seen. I just finished season two and heard the third got canceled. I made an account on rotten tomatoes to try and help raise awareness of how amazing this show is. The chemistry of all the actors and....imaginary friends is amazing, especially Happy and Nick. I actually preferred the second season to the first. Maybe it will never get finished, either way I wanted to pay my respect. I actually felt some strong emotions during that ride, which I didn't expect to be honest. Happy is one of the coolest characters I have ever seen. Love that sassy little bastard. Great show, Bravo!
  • Sep 02, 2019
    I thought it an incredible waste of talent on an ugly, violent undertaking.
  • Jul 31, 2019
    #SeeHappy #SaveHappy
  • Jul 20, 2019
    saw previews for this show on syfy channel a few years ago but it never peaked my interest. Trailers/previews came across corny and silly to me. I end up watching season 1 when it hit netflix and was hooked. maloni kills it. ALL the actors are phenomenal. The premise seems silly but the acting, camera/graphics, set design, writing, EVERYTHING....so well done its far (very far) from silly. This show will probably never get the credit it deserves. The talent is pretty impressive.
  • Jul 11, 2019
  • Jun 27, 2019
    interestingly different must see.
  • Jun 14, 2019
    Loved it!! Brilliant & funny
  • Jun 10, 2019
    Happy is an amazing show that is binge worthy, unique and captivating. One of the best shows that I have seen on Netflix.
  • Jun 06, 2019
    We found the first season fascinating. NOT for children! But as an adult who entertained kids for many years I enjoyed the mix between the hard core, crazed detective and the pretend friend's naivete'. The series had a direction, script wise. They lost that direction season two and just seemed to be going for shock value with random vignettes. Not surprised it was cancelled. The second season made no sense.
  • May 29, 2019
    I thought I had it bad. This made me HAPPY!

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