Happyish: Season 1 Reviews

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May 8, 2015
Misery loves company, but it also loves a light at the end of the tunnel.
April 28, 2015
We're left with a funny, original comedy - not enough to counter the absurdity of life but probably enough to make us forget it for a half hour.
April 28, 2015
The show is very much about Thom and his "struggles," which are far too often presented in a series of high-decibel, gratuitously profane diatribes about the habits of others without benefit of anything remotely resembling personal perspective.
April 27, 2015
Watching it, you'll laugh a lot, but you'll also find yourself wanting to say, "Lighten up, dude."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 27, 2015
There are some genuinely funny moments... but these tend to get lost amid the show's onslaught of acid.
April 27, 2015
Writer Shalom Auslander, making his first foray into television with Happyish, presents a muddled script that feels stuffed to the brim with ideas about technology, aging, labor, capitalism, marriage, and a litany of other topics.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 26, 2015
The most frustrating part about Happyish is that there's a good show in there somewhere.
April 26, 2015
The problem with Happyish is that it never really finds the funny.
April 26, 2015
Its more absurdist moments are so bizarre, they're advanced.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 26, 2015
The half-hour Happyish premiering tonight proves there is such a thing as comedy too dark to qualify as tragicomedy or even dramedy. It ends up being merely a sad, pretentious piece of work, desperate to be taken seriously.
April 26, 2015
Pearls of profane wisdom are scattered throughout Happyish, but good luck mustering some appreciation for them. There's no temptation to congratulate Happyish when it's already so busy congratulating itself.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
April 24, 2015
It's rare to encounter a half-hour dramedy on a premium network that is as misconceived, off-putting and impenetrably shrill as Shalom Auslander's Happyish.
April 24, 2015
There are even some tentatively humorous moments here... But few of the jokes feel modern, let alone witty.
April 24, 2015
It's possible TV has overrated the comic potential of whining.
April 24, 2015
Happyish has a few genuinely imaginative moments amid its many, many excesses. But in the end, it's too much of a one-note Hell-On-Earth "Greatest Hits" album whose principal characters have the overall appeal of vinegar-drenched cotton candy.
April 24, 2015
Ultimately, Happyish shares Thom's problem: it's smart, it's well-read and shows talent, and once that would have been enough, in an earlier age when the market allowed in less competition.
April 24, 2015
I don't know what the problem is for any of these guys, other than a grotesque sense of entitlement.
Top Critic
April 24, 2015
The animation segues -- Payne's alter-egos that torment him or vice versa -- are just a series of elaborate joke setups without punchlines.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
April 24, 2015
As rare as its humor can be, it bites with every appearance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 24, 2015
Coogan takes over and defines the role beautifully.
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