If Happy Endings Gets Cancelled [+ a giveaway!]

If Happy Endings gets cancelled, I just might cry while flipping over a table.


Like, seriously.

Here is a show that is so clever, so much fun to watch, so well-written, so ahead of the curve, and it’s such a crime that more people aren’t watching it and haven’t realized the brilliance. I want to lend out my first 2 seasons on dvd to everyone who looks like they are having a rough day, exclaiming, “here, escape with six perfect characters in Chicago!” but so far this technique hasn’t been well received, however, that doesn’t mean I’m not trying.

If Happy Endings gets cancelled, it won’t come as a total shock, but that doesn’t mean it still won’t hurt. The facts are these: ABC has started to schedule it on both Sundays and Tuesdays, to garner ratings, and as they have done with forgotten gems in the past (R.I.P. Pushing Daisies!) don’t have any clue how to market it or who the target audience is. While Happy Endings could rope in the same zany humor that people have grown to love in Modern Family, it gets tossed around from timeslot to timeslot, chugging along as the smartest show on tv that no one seems to realize except for a dedicated few. Additionally, ABC is now playing 2 episodes at a time, using it to fill the timeslot of the just-cancelled Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23, which can be good or bad, but probably bad.

If Happy Endings gets cancelled, who will supply me with puns? From Dave’s food truck, “Steak Me Home Tonight” to Max and Brad’s Bat Mitzvah Hype Crew, “Boys II Menorah” to every single week of jokes-on-jokes, I constantly feel so joyful about every line spoken. With most tv shows, I tend to laugh every few minutes but all-in-all, I know when they will occur and don’t expect them too often. However, Happy Endings harkens back to the 10-references-per-second speed that greats like Arrested Development mastered- and yes, as a tv aficianado and honoray member of the Bluth family, I know that comparing anything to Arrested Development is a huge compliment and quite a title to live up to, but Happy Endings deserves it and nails it each week.

If Happy Endings gets cancelled, how am I supposed to find another character so relatable as the fantastic Penny Hartz? I’ve been told by multiple sources that she and I are terribly alike, and I’ve learned to accept it. Penny is somewhat close to my spirit animal, and her constant speaking in abbrevs, wearing bright colors, having the worst relationship luck, talking about herself too loudly, and randomly busting out into Broadway-style song is comforting to me and reminds me that I’m not the only one, even if she is, in fact, fictional.

If Happy Endings gets cancelled, it will join a sad-yet-elite club of television shows that were killed off before their prime. The special edition dvd that I will purchase will sit alongside Arrested DevelopmentFreaks And GeeksVeronica MarsParty Down, and the stunning Pushing Daisies. Together I can collect these seasons, but nothing can bring back their brilliance (even though Arrested Development‘s upcoming new season for Netflix and movie does help soften the blow). If there was an animal shelter for abandoned tv shows, I would adopt them all, and even though that is a sentiment that is well received, I wish I didn’t even have to write this blog post in the first place. Maybe someday we can live in a world where tv shows with great scripts and heart and humor and yes, even some quirk and oddball humor and atypical, quick, smart dialogue, can survive and thrive, and Happy Endings will be at the forefront.


So, seriously, you should be watching this show.  Catch up with the episodes on Hulu, join me and this fantastic writer in our fight to spread the word, tweet at ABC, write to ABC, write your congressman, write the President, or just watch the first season this weekend and see if you don’t fall just a little bit in love.

Together we can do this! Together we can save Max, Dave, Alex, Brad, Jane, and Penny and make Happy Endings live on forever!

Besides, it’s not like we’re gonna be able to save Community.

Also, because I am so impassioned about all this:

if you leave a comment on this lovely blog post with your email, you can enter to win Happy Endings Season 1 on DVD, shipped with love from this lion to you!*

{*The Fine Print: you can only enter once and you have to be in the continental U.S. to win, but other than that, go for it! Contest ends in a week, aka February 5th! Tell all your friends!}

7 responses to “If Happy Endings Gets Cancelled [+ a giveaway!]

  1. Sounds worth watching! Count me in

  2. This is pretty much my favorite show currently on tv.

  3. i LOVE happy endings. We got the first 2 seasons for Christmas and watched it in like 4 days. It was ridiculous.

  4. thebiggitybigblog

    We have the exact same taste in television. I’m still mourning Freaks and Geeks and Veronica Mars. Count me in for this giveaway!

  5. Me liking a show seems to be the kiss of death for it, so I’m not sure if winning Season 1 of Happy Endings would necessarily be beneficial for but I’m going to try anyway. jngrimoldi@gmail.com

  6. love this show…what is wrong with the Network?

  7. Everything you said is exactly what is in my head.
    Every single show you mentioned, I am in
    love with. Especially Pushing Daisies, man, where I am from its hard to find another person who has even heard about it. Bryan Fuller is an absolute genius, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies got me through some pretty tough times to be honest.

    Veronica Mars, Freaks and Geeks, Party Down and Arrested Development are pure genius. So is Community, which might be salvagable but most likely years after it ends in the same way theyre revisiting Arrested Development.

    Penny Hartz is one of the most amazing characters I habe ever come accross in a series. Just also, quickly, I totally and completely agree with every word you wrote about Happy Ending and Penny. I think she is my spirit animal too but none of my friends watch it (despite my best efforts of making them) so they will just look at me like a freak.

    Youre amazing, youre taste in television is amazing and your mind is awesome.
    Can we like, be best friends?

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