When ABC canceled Happy Endings after three seasons, a small-but-devoted group of the show’s fans mourned its end. But while the show’s cancellation meant the dissolution of that specific group of six, Happy Endings’ actors have been popping up separately on TV ever since—including Elisha Cuthbert, who stars on One Big Happy, premiering on NBC Tuesday night.
Dear Happy Endings producers,
Among all the great news that has come out lately—Marvel finally snagged Spider-Man! Agent Dale Cooper will have a damn fine cup of coffee on the Twin Peaks reboot!—the thought that Happy Endings might actually be resurrected is probably the most ah-mah-zing thing I’ve heard in a long time.
Sitcoms, not unlike rom-coms, can be all too easy to poke fun at. Most of the time they’re rooted in a very exaggerated reality (no one ever seems to work and when they do, it’s always somewhere incredibly hip and modern, much like their sleek urban apartments) and their conclusions are often times so predictable and corny you can’t help but gag on your Junior Mints. But here’s the thing about sitcoms and rom-coms (and I should know, I attended last year’s Sitcom Rom-Com Con): Those are exactly the things we love about them…when they’re done right.
Seasons greetings, fellow Happy Endings fans! Or, I guess I should say Merry Christmas and Happy Cccccccccchhhhhhhhhannukah. (That is the appropriate pronunciation, after all.
For an episode that aired the night before Thanksgiving, a holiday all about the spirit of togetherness, Happy Endings felt awfully disconnected, didn’t it? Maybe I was just setting my hopes too high for a Thanksgiving episode (no show has yet to grab the baton of great Turkey Day sitcom eps from Friends) but this was the first episode all season I didn’t entirely love.
Who could have guessed that a week before Thanksgiving, Happy Endings would have me looking for Easter eggs? But that was precisely what happened when word got out on Wednesday that a star from Cougar Town (come back cul-de-sac crew, we miss you!) would be making a brief, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo. I couldn’t help but be in complete search mode to find who it was and where they’d be hiding. Thankfully, the hunt didn’t take too long, as there was plenty of other distractions (hello, raunchy innuendos!) in the episode titled “The Code War.”
One of the nice things about being a fan of a show that’s still relatively new is that you still get to find out new things about the characters each week.
Perhaps this is just wishful thinking, but the Happy Endings gang could easily work at Entertainment Weekly. Any group of people that make references to Brett Butler, Lady Gaga’s meat dress, Roman Polanski, Carlito’s Way Sean Penn, I Am Sam Senn Penn, St. Elsewhere, and The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek all within in the span of a half an hour would be welcomed with open arms around these parts. Plus, I really just want Max as a cubicle buddy. Just sayin’.
For all intents and purposes I should be a Penny. We’re close in age, our love lives are disturbingly similar in many aspects, and I, too, follow the sage advice of Oprah and Jenny McCarthy. But, I can no longer deny it: I am a Max. I would love to be the person with the ah-mah-zing condo (seriously, who needs a vision board when you’ve got those digs?) like Penny, but odds are, like Max, I would probably sleep on a very high quality pool float, eat a lottery ticket or have a secret dog named Mr. Bojangly before that ever happens. The more you know.
Great performances by Lisa Kudrow, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Tom Arnold overcome the gameboard contrivances of this arch trifle about gay and straight Angelenos who get things all wrong before getting them right.
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