This show is in its second season. I never watched the first season. For some reason it just didn’t really seem like something I’d want to watch. But at the time I didn’t really know what it was. I’d see random commercials and scenes and just brush it off as another random show. But then it would follow shows like Cougar Town and Modern Family, shows that I had pvred, and so at the end of watching those, I would always catch the first few minutes of Happy Endings. And those first few minutes made me decide to give it a chance.
I’ve been watching this season and I actually really like it. It focuses on a group of six friends, two of whom were engaged, but then she left him at the altar. But they stayed friends. Normally I hate that story line because I think it’s just been so overdone. Why wait to leave someone at the altar? You obviously knew at some point before then that this wasn’t what you wanted. Fortunately, since I didn’t watch the first season, I missed that first episode. I didn’t even know about the previous engagement leaving at the altar part when I first starting watching it. Which is probably a good thing.
Six friends who are really close, two are siblings, one couple is married, one used to be a couple and there is still lingering tension, and the remaining two have their own love escapades with people who aren’t part of the group. Sound familiar? In today’s episode, Brad gets high from too many drugs at the dentist, and in his doped up state, points to his friends calling them Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica, and Joey. I love that they acknowledged the comparisons between the characters and even pointed it out.
Brad is played by Damon Wayans Jr., who was my favourite character on New Girl, in that one episode he happened to be in. Happy Endings having a second season is the reason he couldn’t be on New Girl, which I was initially upset about, but I love that this show is continuing and I think he’s better on Happy Endings than he would have been on New Girl anyway. He would be the “Chandler” of the group, I guess because of his jokes and personality, and also because he’s married to the “Monica” of the group.
Jane is Brad’s wife, played by Eliza Coupe, who I also love. She was one of the few new additions to the last seasons of Scrubs who actually fit with the show. She is definitely the “Monica” of the group, because she is very anal and a control freak. Her uptight personality can be overbearing and annoying, but it suits her and she makes it funny.
Elisha Cuthbert plays Jane’s younger sister Alex, who leaves her fiance at the altar. I grew up watching her on Popular Mechanics for Kids. You may also remember her from The Girl Next Door. She is the “Rachel” of the group, because she leaves a man at the altar. She is sort of dumb at times and doesn’t always understand jokes. My favourite thing about her character is when there are scenes in which she loves food, like when she gets drunk and eats ribs, or orders like three different plates when they go out for breakfast.
Zachary Knighton plays Alex’s ex-fiance Dave. To be honest, I initially thought this guy had a really weird face. I don’t know what it is, but something about it just wasn’t working for me. But I got over it. Dave owns a food truck and is moving on with his life after being left at the altar, but remains good friends with Alex. He is the “Ross” of the group, since he dated the “Rachel” and because he’s the most depressed character of the guys.
Adam Pally plays Max, Dave’s friend and roommate. In today’s episode, Brad calls him “fat Joey”. He’s the “Joey” of the group because he’s kind of dumb and quirky in his own way. But unlike Joey, he’s gay. When I first started watching this show, I found him super annoying and thought “How can the gay guy be my least favourite character on a show? That never happens”. But I have since changed my mind. His character is arrogant and whiny at times but that’s just who he is.
Penny is played by Casey Wilson. She was Max’s last girlfriend before he came out. Yeah, there’s all sorts of love complications within the group. But they make it work. She is the “Phoebe” of the group because she’s fun and quirky and always an optimist. She has her own love problems, as she gets a lot of dates, but can never seem to find the right guy for her. In real life, I would find someone like her incredibly annoying, but on the show, I love her.
So am I saying it’s the new Friends? No, not at all. There are many similarities but it’s still unique in its own way. The random story lines and the relationships and friendships within the group are just really entertaining and I enjoy watching it. I just wonder if Dave and Alex will get together again at some point and how much of a “Ross and Rachel” type thing this really is.