If Happy Endings gets cancelled, I just might cry while flipping over a table.
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 Development, Freaks And Geeks, Veronica Mars, Party 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.