Happy!: Season 1 (2017 - 2018)


Season 1

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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.



Critic Ratings: 35


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User Ratings: 765

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Air date: Dec 6, 2017

A hit-man is forced to 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; and 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 and Very Bad Santa coerces information out of Hailey about her "hero" dad.

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Air date: Dec 27, 2017

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

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Air date: Jan 10, 2018

Sax and Happy go separate ways following a destructive family reunion; Merry is under investigation by Internal Affairs; and 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 journeys in which Sax stumbles on a new plan to negotiate for his daughter's release and 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; and 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; and Merry sets out to save Amanda from a far more powerful foe.

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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.

Cast & Crew

Lili Mirojnick
Meredith McCarthy
Ritchie Coster
Mr. Blue
Medina Senghore
Amanda Hansen
Joseph D. Reitman
Very Bad Santa
Glenn Wein
Prawn Man
Bryce Lorenzo
Hailey Hansen
Gus Halper
Mikey Scaramucci
Brian Taylor
Executive Producer
Pavun Shetty
Executive Producer
Neal Moritz
Executive Producer
Grant Morrison
Executive Producer
Toby Jaffe
Executive Producer
Christopher Meloni
Executive Producer
Patrick Macmanus
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Happy! Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (16)

...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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Happy!: Season 1

  • 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.
  • May 09, 2020
    This is one of the craziest shows I've ever seen, it constantly surprises me with how absurd it can be.
  • May 03, 2020
    it killed some time. kinda cool idea about IF...
  • May 03, 2020
    Just awesome! Witty, exciting, suspenseful and original! Subtly funny and very entertaining!
  • Apr 23, 2020
    I loved it. Dark, quirky and funny (at times). I have watch all of the seasons available. Hoping for more.

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