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...deranged, hyper-violent, grotesque, too clever by half, but with a hidden heart that won't stop beating...
The two form a cute, classic odd couple, and Happy certainly makes for a memorable partner.
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.
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.
You might even find that it jerks a tear or two out of you when you least expect it. Absolutely marvelous.
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.
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.
Meloni is absolute perfection in this role, and this could stand to be his best yet.
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.
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.
Comic-turned-ultraviolent dark comedy series pushes limits.
Audience Reviews for Happy!: Season 1
May 06, 2021Happy! 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, 2021Just 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, 2021I 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, 2021An ironic, irrational, wonderfull journey trough the porcelain angels of destruction and deconstruction that human mind have to offer. Is all connected
Jan 30, 2021i 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, 2020I 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.
May 09, 2020This is one of the craziest shows I've ever seen, it constantly surprises me with how absurd it can be.
May 03, 2020it killed some time. kinda cool idea about IF...
May 03, 2020Just awesome! Witty, exciting, suspenseful and original! Subtly funny and very entertaining!
Apr 23, 2020I loved it. Dark, quirky and funny (at times). I have watch all of the seasons available. Hoping for more.