Monday, 9 April 2012

Happy Endings- Season 2 (TV Series)

The US TV season is beginning to wind down, and breakout post-Friends sitcom Happy Endings has been one of the most enjoyable shows of the season. It started out as the “Year of Penny” and appeared to be that way throughout most of the season, with attention shifting from Dave (Zachary Knighton) and Alex’s (Elisha Cuthbert) non-wedding in the pilot to Penny’s (Casey Wilson) hilarious romantic desperation and “abbreeves”.

Although there is no official word as of yet whether Happy Endings will be renewed for a third season but hopefully the ABC network will make an announcement soon, as although the sitcom may not have the viewership of other ABC juggernauts Modern Family and Revenge or even the long-running Desperate Housewives which is set to finish for good next month, it deserves a place among the schedule as it is a hilarious and well put together series.

From Left: Brad Williams (Damon Wayans Jr.), Jane Williams (Eliza Coupe), Max Blum (Adam Pally),
Alex Kerkovich (Elisha Cuthbert), Penny Hartz (Casey Wilson) and Dave Rose (Zachary Knighton)
Happy Endings seems to have found its footing since its inception, as any show that features a group of six friends is bound to bare similarity to…well Friends; and although it may have finished in 2004, the image of the close knit clan stays ingrained in our minds and will do for years to come. And yes, even though we have the successful yet borderline snooze-some How I Met Your Mother, every other amazing sitcom seems to be relegated to cable channels, almost saying that you can’t be funny without being down right dirty. Happy Endings proves this wrong, by having a more diverse and interesting group of protagonists than many of their contemporary counterparts, the bloated, sluggish, gay Max (Adam Pally) and Yuppie-ish interracial couple Jane (Eliza Coupe) and Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.).

The season ended the same way the last did- with a wedding, only this time the wedding saw recurring character and super drama queen Derek, and his partner Eric tie the knot, as well as setting up a dreaded love triangle between Alex, Dave and Penny. But will the potential triangle make the show grow old fast? I hope not. I’m pre-ordering the box set as SOON as that hits amazon.


Key Episodes: “Yesandwitch”, “Spooky Endings” “Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral)” 

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