TV shows can often be hard to get into. Cable networks only air a dozen episodes a year and the broadcast networks are a mixed bag to say the least. Only thirty percent of new shows that air on the major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and The CW) make it past season one. But TV is my favorite form of entertainment. Movies are great and all, but there’s nothing like being able to check in with your favorite characters every week for a little escape from reality. Those of you familiar with my work know that I’m the primary writer for Tvhell.net, a specialty website dealing with cancelled shows. I like TV.
Like many others, I was cautious of Happy Endings at first. It premiered late last year, unusual for a show that’s expected to be any good. Its premise of six friends living in the city after college seemed just a little like Friends. But since the relationship sitcom hasn’t progressed much since Friends went off the air, I gave it a shot.
The show’s main premise is set around the initial fallout surrounding one of the characters, Alex (played by Elisha Cuthbert), who leaves one of the other characters, Dave (played by Zachary Knighton), at the altar before their wedding. The rest of their group struggles to deal with the repercussions to their circle of friends. As the title suggests, the show is not as bleak as my description might suggest.
The show’s first couple episodes are a little rough, not unusual for new shows. I kept with it because of its unmistakable charm. The cast’s chemistry is what holds the show together. They’re very different people but the way they interact with each other hides the fact that they’re acting quite well. You’d be surprised at how often that’s not the case. I was surprised to see Elisha Cuthbert as a cast member, but she shows a whole new side of her that wasn’t completely apparent in The Girl Next Door.
The show is incredibly quirky and there are tons of pop culture references in every episode. If you’re a pop culture junkie like me, you’ll love the dialogue. It’s hilarious without feeling forced or unnatural. There’s no laugh track as many comedies these days often forgo and this allows for a more genuine feel that Friends could never quite capture.
The fast paced college life does not allow for a lot of time for TV, but if you’re a fan you should really give Happy Endings a try. It can be seen on ABC on Wednesdays and it’s available on Hulu. It’s a really fun way to spend twenty minutes and it’s one of the most promising shows I’ve seen in the past few years.