Happy Endings

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  • TV-14
  • 2011
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.8  (39,951)

Happy Endings was an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 2011 to 2013. The show was created by David Caspe and starred Elisha Cuthbert, Eliza Coupe, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans Jr., and Casey Wilson. It followed the lives and relationships of six friends in Chicago, exploring themes of love, friendship, and modern dating.

The series centers on the on-again, off-again relationship of Alex (Cuthbert) and Dave (Knighton). The show begins with their wedding being called off at the altar, which causes major rifts within their social circle. Other characters include Penny (Wilson), Alex's best friend who struggles with finding the right guy; Brad (Wayans Jr.), Jane's (Coupe) husband who tries to keep up with her competitive nature; and Max (Pally), Dave's best friend who is openly gay but often struggles with insecurities about his masculinity.

Happy Endings' formula was simple: take six friends, put them in various ridiculous and hilarious situations, and rely on the cast's chemistry to carry the torch. The show was known for its quick-witted humor, pop culture references, and offbeat storylines. The rapid-fire jokes and quippy dialogue made it a fan favorite, as did the cast's undeniable charm and comic timing.

Throughout its three seasons, Happy Endings tackled a variety of issues that are relevant to modern audiences. Some of the most memorable storylines involved characters navigating through unconventional relationships, dealing with the ups and downs of employment and financial struggles, and even tackling issues of social justice and representation.

One standout episode was "The Marry Prankster," which features the group participating in a prank war. The episode includes a hilarious parody of Law & Order, complete with a tongue-in-cheek narrator and dramatic music cues. The episode also explores the theme of trust within relationships, as Penny and Max wonder if they can really trust each other not to betray the prank war's rules.

Happy Endings' humor and cast chemistry was one of its strongest components, and it also featured a diverse and inclusive cast. The show was ahead of its time in showcasing the LGBTQ+ community, with Max's character being an unabashedly out gay man who was unafraid to challenge traditional gender roles. Additionally, the show featured storylines that explored issues of race and representation, including the use of the term "white savior" and an episode that discussed Jane's ethnic heritage.

The show's cancellation after three seasons came as a shock to many fans, who were left unsatisfied with the unresolved storylines and unanswered questions. Despite the cancellation, Happy Endings has gained a cult following in recent years, with fans clamoring for a revival or reunion.

In conclusion, Happy Endings was a hilarious and heartwarming sitcom that explored love, friendship, and modern dating in a way that resonated with audiences. The show was known for its cast chemistry, quick-witted, pop culture-laden humor, and inclusive approach to storytelling. While it was ultimately cancelled after three seasons, the show has gained a dedicated fanbase and remains a beloved gem of the TV landscape.

Happy Endings is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (58 episodes). The series first aired on April 13, 2011.

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Brothas & Sisters
23. Brothas & Sisters
May 3, 2013
Jane has the daunting task of planning the perfect wedding for her sister, Brooke, who is the alpha sister in the family.
Deuce Babylove 2: Electric Babydeuce
22. Deuce Babylove 2: Electric Babydeuce
May 3, 2013
Penny's mom, Dana, and Dave's dad, Big Dave, are in town visiting, and the couple has decided to adopt a baby together, prompting Penny and Dave to react the only way they know how - illogically.
21. Un-Sabotagable
April 26, 2013
Chase, the ex-roommate whose life Max ruined, wants to seek vengeance upon Max, but Max's life is so pathetic it's "un-sabotagable." Max sets out to prove him wrong.
The Ballad of Lon Sarofsky
20. The Ballad of Lon Sarofsky
April 19, 2013
Penny rebounds from her breakup with Pete by having an illicit affair with someone very unexpected -- the Car Czar. Meanwhile Max decides to enter the "Mr. Gay Gay Chicago" pageant, with Alex and Dave as his coaches.
The Storm Before the Calm
19. The Storm Before the Calm
April 12, 2013
The gang is suspicious of Penny's well-being after her breakup with Pete when she writes a play entitled "Black Plague: A Love Story."
She Got Game Night
18. She Got Game Night
April 12, 2013
During a couples game night, the competition gets out of hand prompting Penny to make an unexpected move.
Bros Before Bros
17. Bros Before Bros
April 5, 2013
Dave recruits Brad and Max in helping him sabotage his #1 nemesis, but Max accidentally falls for the enemy's son and is forced to choose between his best friend or his boyfriend. Penny reaches out to her estranged father.
The Incident
16. The Incident
April 5, 2013
When Max gets a haircut from Jane and Alex's long-time hairdresser, Krisjahn, he gets an ear full about the girls. But his loose lips may stir up trouble between the Kerkovitch sisters. Meanwhile, the Steak Me Home truck is stolen and Dave and Penny investigate.
The Straight Dope
15. The Straight Dope
March 29, 2013
When Max meets a cute girl who is a season tickets holder for the Bulls, he poses as a straight guy.
In The Heat Of The Noche
14. In The Heat Of The Noche
March 29, 2013
Brad uses his skills and the help of the gang when he discovers the gym may be closing.
Our Best Friend's Wedding
13. Our Best Friend's Wedding
January 29, 2013
When newly-engaged Penny learns that Pete wants to elope, the potential wedding planner decides to take the happy couple and their friends to a wedding expo with intentions of changing Pete's mind.
The Marry Prankster
12. The Marry Prankster
January 29, 2013
When the gang pranks Max into thinking he won a big lotto jackpot, he vows that karma can be a you know what.
The Ex Factor
11. The Ex Factor
January 15, 2013
When Ryan, Jane's ex, comes to town for a visit, Brad is shocked to discover Ryan's identity.
Kickball 2: The Kickening
10. Kickball 2: The Kickening
January 13, 2013
Alex signs up the gang to take part in the Northside Kickball Classic tournament.
Ordinary Extraordinary Love
9. Ordinary Extraordinary Love
January 8, 2013
When a hot young pop star comes into the store, Penny helps Alex give the event a little publicity. Meanwhile, Max struggles with his identity, so Jane and Derrick take him on a tour of Chicago's themed gay bars to find himself.
Fowl Play/Date
8. Fowl Play/Date
January 6, 2013
Penny and Brad try to cover up their parrot's death!
7. No-Ho-Ho
December 18, 2012
The gang is shocked when they find out Jane's real birthday is on Christmas day, so they decide to throw her a Christmas-free birthday celebration.
To Serb With Love
6. To Serb With Love
December 11, 2012
Jane and Alex's parents host a party. Max tries to make Penny jealous with a new best friend.
P&P Romance Factory
5. P&P Romance Factory
December 4, 2012
When Penny meets a terrific new guy, she is embarrassed by her prescription helmet. True to form, Jane tries too hard to break into the "boys' club" at the car dealership; and Max and Dave's fist bump issues bring back painful childhood memories.
More Like Stanksgiving
4. More Like Stanksgiving
November 20, 2012
Alex and Dave host Thanksgiving dinner at their new place, and Dave goes too far in providing an authentic Navajo Thanksgiving.
Boyz II Menorah
3. Boyz II Menorah
November 13, 2012
Max is working the Bar Mitzvah circuit as a "hype guy" who emcees, works the crowd and gets them dancing. Penny talks Brad into giving it a try but Max becomes jealous when Brad turns out to be good at it. Jane advises Dave and Alex to appreciate their relationship this time around but their romantic gestures are going unnoticed.
Sabado Free-Gante
2. Sabado Free-Gante
October 30, 2012
Max helps Brad re-create his Saturday ritual on a budget. Dave and Alex search for an apartment, but their fear of commitment tests the real estate agent's nerves. Meanwhile, Jane tries to help Penny shop for a car.
Cazsh Dummy Spillionaires
1. Cazsh Dummy Spillionaires
October 23, 2012
The third season opens with Dave and Alex casually dating again. When an unfortunate accident lands Penny in a full body cast, Max becomes her nurse. But a crush on her hot physical therapist, influences him to try to slow down her recovery.
Where to Watch Happy Endings
Happy Endings is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Happy Endings on demand at Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    April 13, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (39,951)