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  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 13, 2011
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Apr 12, 2011
    83
    Happy Endings quickly gets its game in gear and emerges as ABC's best new sitcom since Better Off Ted unfortunately failed to find an audience.
  2. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Apr 13, 2011
    75
    Happy Endings, which sounds like the special at a cheap massage parlor, is so funny I heard a noise I haven't heard in a very long time while watching a sitcom: the sound of me yelping so loudly it could frighten dogs.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Apr 14, 2011
    75
    At least Endings has something fresh at it's core....Even better, the well-cast ensemble includes Casey Wilson. [25 Apr 2011, p.44]
  4. Reviewed by: Ginia Bellafante
    Apr 12, 2011
    50
    Happy Endings is both a retro version of "Friends" and a more superficially progressive one.
  5. Reviewed by: Brent McKnight
    Apr 13, 2011
    50
    As of one episode, it's decently entertaining, though its sharp writing suggests potential. It's earned my interest for at least a couple of more episodes.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 13, 2011
    50
    Happy Endings isn't unpleasant, certainly, but might face the same dilemma as its characters: An inability to make--or at least keep--enough new friends.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Apr 12, 2011
    30
    It's all too frantic, too full of obnoxious people contorting themselves into stupid lies in the service of jokes that never quite land.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Dec 1, 2011
    10
    This is the funniest sitcom on the air in a long time! Season 1's content is very quick and smart....you can watch the episode over and overThis is the funniest sitcom on the air in a long time! Season 1's content is very quick and smart....you can watch the episode over and over and find new funny parts. Season 2 is slower, unfortunately, however the characters remain funny. Definitely worth watching! Expand
  2. Jan 6, 2014
    10
    I cannot believe they cancelled this show. I really hope some station will pick it up again sooner or later it's happened to other TV showsI cannot believe they cancelled this show. I really hope some station will pick it up again sooner or later it's happened to other TV shows too. HAPPY ENDINGS deserves to be brought back to life! Expand
  3. May 25, 2011
    10
    I think this show is the funniest comedy out there right now! Right up there with "how I met your mother." Every episode has at least oneI think this show is the funniest comedy out there right now! Right up there with "how I met your mother." Every episode has at least one scene that you find yourself rewinding to, because you were laughing too hard to see the whole thing. Every character has their own unique and comedic flare to bring to the table. I look forward to it every week and haven't been disappointed yet. Please, check it out! You won't regret it! Expand
  4. Nov 20, 2011
    9
    I think this is such an underrated show. I will first say that I think that it is unfortunate that people compare this show to others such asI think this is such an underrated show. I will first say that I think that it is unfortunate that people compare this show to others such as Friends, How I Met Your Mother, and Modern Family. To me, these characters are more realistic and relatable than other characters from different shows. Although Max isn't the stereotypical homosexual and Brad isn't a stereotypical African American, the writers of the show still have the comedic insight to acknowledge these differences and offer a world that seems closer to home. Happy Endings' humor can sometimes be missed as it frequently depends on the actors' individual comedic timing and body language when interacting with one another to strike a positive note with the viewers. All in all, this show is awesome because it doesn't always use cheap and obvious humor, and more closely resembles a "modern" world that I see myself in. Expand
  5. Sep 23, 2011
    8
    Here is a show that was surprisingly good. It is difficult to see why at first but a few episodes in and you'll realize that Happy EndingsHere is a show that was surprisingly good. It is difficult to see why at first but a few episodes in and you'll realize that Happy Endings works better than most sitcoms currently airing. And let's be honest, it is a surprise, because the show is far from being revolutionary; it follows the codes of the genre almost like a religion. Until you see how good it can get. Let's hope that, during season 2, Happy Endings stops being a collection of sketches and becomes a real show. Expand
  6. May 18, 2012
    7
    While, "Happy Endings" is amusing and an easy watch, Season 1 never felt like it was desitined to become a classic comedy. This is a rareWhile, "Happy Endings" is amusing and an easy watch, Season 1 never felt like it was desitined to become a classic comedy. This is a rare ensemble where each actor consistently give their all each and every week. Expand
  7. JBM
    Apr 17, 2011
    2
    I had high hopes for this show with the promotion and the success of Modern Family. I was badly disappointed. The characters wereI had high hopes for this show with the promotion and the success of Modern Family. I was badly disappointed. The characters were uninteresting but trying very hard and with no success to be funny. The show had no central sense of "place" and the relationships of the characters hard to figure out. None of the characters were likable. The pilot was muddled with far too many subplots going on all at once. I was at the same time confused and did not care to try to figure it out. Expand

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