Happy Endings: Season 1 (2011)



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


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Air date: Apr 13, 2011
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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 with her misguided optimism and use of abbreviated words ("abreevs"). Rounding out the sextet is Max (Adam Pally), a non-stereotypical gay man with a casual approach to relationships who shares his place with Dave after the break-up. Max is a "straight guy who likes dudes," according to Penny, who often served as his date before he fully came out.


Casey Wilson
as Penny
Meagen Fay
as Barbara
Caroline Aaron
as Pauline Blum
Damon Wayans
as Francis Williams
Sergio Cilli
as Atticus
Jen Kober
as Big Woman
Jon Daly
as Brody Daniels
Greg Magnuson
as Royston Summer
T.J. Miller
as Shershow
Alex Valente
as Massimo
David Storrs
as Tim/Coffee Cup Man
Cade Dundish
as The Boy
Alan Rachins
as Howard Blum
Donn Carl Harper
as Hardware Store Owner
Amad Jackson
as Black Guy
Nat Faxon
as Chef Leslie
Justin Dray
as Customer
Roz Witt
as Bo's Mom
Cynthia Frost
as Grandma Nellie
Elimu Nelson
as The Fireman
Brian Huskey
as Dr. Charles
Isabella Cramp
as Young Alex
Gabriel Myers
as The Bachelor
Billy Merritt
as Manager/Bartender
Daisy Stoneman
as Young Jane
Donn C. Harper
as Hardware Store Owner
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Critic Reviews for Happy Endings Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (17)

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

Apr 13, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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

Apr 13, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
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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.

Apr 13, 2011 | Full Review…

Happy Endings quickly gets its game in gear.

Apr 13, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The feeling here is that there will be an ending, soon, and it won't be all that happy.

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…

With some more practice at the comedy and a return to the observant tone of the pilot, Happy Endings could be a real contender for the Friends space.

Sep 17, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Overall I found this two hour premiere really funny and I'm already starting to like a few of the characters. Which are good signs in my book.

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…

I realize we've seen a number of shows like this before and that they're all trying hard to be the next Friends, but I give the pilot to Happy Endings a lot of credit for providing some solid jokes and finding new comedy in old scenarios.

Sep 17, 2018 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

It's actually pretty funny. Really!

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Happy Ending's subsequent episodes were decidedly less funny than the pilot and quickly deflated any good will those randomly funny one-liners instilled from the pilot.

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…

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