• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 13, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic 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: Rob Owen
    Apr 11, 2011
    80
    Happy Endings excels at fearless humor that's sometimes shocking, not because it's gratuitous, but because it's an unexpected surprise--and a welcome one at that.
  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: 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Amy Amatangelo
    Apr 13, 2011
    75
    When Happy Endings is funny, it's need-to-pause-the-DVR-because-I'm-laughing-so-hard funny. And viewers should easily be able to commit to that.
  6. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Apr 12, 2011
    75
    Original, it's not. But these friends do have chemistry, and some great moments as a hipster Greek chorus.
  7. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Apr 7, 2011
    75
    After seeing four episodes of the newest pal-com, Happy Endings, I'd have to say it's...not bad at all.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Apr 12, 2011
    70
    It is nothing new, but it is well assembled and expertly played.
  9. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Apr 12, 2011
    70
    Turns out Happy Endings is one of those rare TV cases of rising above, as the writing and the ensemble energy trump the stale premise.
  10. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Apr 13, 2011
    60
    The show is no better or worse than "Perfect Couples," "Mad Love" or "Traffic Light." Which is to say it's populated with likable actors and rarely out-and-out bad, but it's also never much more than mildly amusing.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 13, 2011
    50
    Some of the situations they encounter on the dating and relationship circuit are promisingly wacky, but the tortured jokes lean way too heavily on pop-culture references.
  14. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Apr 12, 2011
    50
    Created by David Caspe, Happy Endings needs better writing and characters who don't look like characters in other forgettable sitcoms. Otherwise, this show's ending may be anything but happy.
  15. Reviewed by: Ginia Bellafante
    Apr 12, 2011
    50
    Happy Endings is both a retro version of "Friends" and a more superficially progressive one.
  16. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 12, 2011
    42
    There's desperation here, and if Happy Endings would slow down long enough to let itself breathe, it might find a footing.
  17. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Apr 13, 2011
    40
    Happy Endings is really no better than any of those other comedies ['Better With You,' 'Traffic Light' and 'Perfect Couples,'], which is to say, it's pretty weak.
  18. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Apr 13, 2011
    40
    The characters on ABC's new sitcom Happy Endings seem likable and funny. So why, the viewer may ask, does the show give them such a forced and convoluted back-story that it keeps getting in the way of both those qualities?
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Apr 12, 2011
    37
    Friends was not a shockingly original premise. It's what you do with it that matters, and Caspe and crew do almost nothing that doesn't feel secondhand and artificial.
  20. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Apr 12, 2011
    30
    Fact is, shows like this will never stop oozing out of Hollywood's groupthink writing rooms. "Perfect Couples," "Better With You," "Traffic Light" and now Happy Endings--each of them flat and mediocre in their own not-very-special way.
  21. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 87 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Apr 18, 2011
    8
    Funny. Really. Out of all the new "Comedy" shows on TV right now, this has the best fresh and "twenty something" vibe that is close to the era of Friends. It's not as good as How I Met Your Mother, but something to definitely check out. For most people there is probably at least one relate-able character. Full Review »
  2. 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 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! Full Review »
  3. Aug 8, 2011
    9
    Even after only one short season I have fallen for this modern comedy and all of its characters. The humor in this show is both hilarious and just subtle enough to be fully enjoyable. The characters are believable, heart warming, play their roles beautifully. The plot gives you the option to either watch one episode or enjoy the series as a whole which is always a plus. Not to mention the slight romantic tones give this shows an edge over all others of its kind. Full Review »