"Happy Endings" Review: I Am Not Going to Crap on this Show, and You Can't Make Me

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 14, 2011 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 14, 2011 |

Plus, I like Casey Wilson. She was criminally underused on "Saturday Night Live."

It is a "Friends" clone, though. I won't deny that. But I liked "Friends" until the last couple of seasons. And in general, I like good relationship comedies, though good ones are a rarity.

"Happy Endings" opens at the wedding of Dave (Zachary Knighton) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert). A dude barrels into the church on roller blades and announces his objection, all Graduate style, and Alex ditches her fiance at the altar, only to return from the honeymoon a week later to confess that she didn't run away with rollerblade guy. She ran away because Dave was kind of a douche to her. The bitterness between the two thus makes it awkward for the six close friends to hang out with each other, and that's kind of what's at play with the premise.

There's nothing original in the set up or the dynamics between the couples. There's a bitter singleton (Casey Wilson), an adorable and hilariously mean gay guy, a married couple rebelling against a suburban identity crisis (Coup and Damon Wayans, Jr., who is very funny in the pilot) and Dave and Alex, who hate each other. But the pilot has great energy, some spectacular lines, and a great comic pace that lands somewhere between "Cougar Town" and "Community." (I think there are some writers or directors behind the scenes of "Happy Endings" associated with those other two sitcoms, too). I have no idea if the show can keep it up in subsequent episodes, but if it lasts long enough, I think "Happy Endings" has the comedic ability to separate itself from "Friends" and the rest of the relationship-comedy glut.

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