Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Happy Endings: An Underdog with Bite
The best shows are not always the shows with the most attention, advertisement, and hype. Instead, sometimes shows grow in popularity from good old fashioned word of mouth. Happy Endings, an abc comedy that debut in 2011 is such a show. The first episode set the show around a group of six friends in Chicago dealing with the aftermath of a failed wedding between two of them (played by Elisha Cuthbert and Zachary Knighton). After a few episodes of awkwardness, the show evolved into a more modern Friends comedy. Fresher and zanier than most of its comedy competition, Happy Endings is made of true characters, each one with their own set of quirks and flaws. This past May, the second season ended with the characters come together amidst a male Madonna tribute band. In one memorable first season episode, Penny (Casey Wilson), a hilarious serial dater tries her very best to date a man with the unfortunate name of a former dictator and all around evil man. The characters and craziness of the show make you want to be a part of their lives, which is all any good comedy in a post-Friends T.V. world should do. Still a bit of an underdog compared to the Modern Family and Big Bang Theory television comedies, Happy Endings may be an underdog, but it's no purse dog. It's an underdog with a lot of bite.