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SyFy's 'HAPPY!' Will Be The Blood-Splattered, Hallucinatory Culmination Of Peak TV

By Tori Preston | Industry | October 6, 2017 |

By Tori Preston | Industry | October 6, 2017 |

SyFy may be hitting it out of the park with their butt-kicking leading ladies, but they still have room for the occasional white male anti-hero. And it doesn’t get much more “anti-hero” than seeing Elliot Stabler as a disgraced, drunk ex-cop turned hit man.

The channel has just released the full trailer for their new series HAPPY!, based on the incredibly fucked up graphic novel of the same name by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson. Morrison co-wrote the pilot with Brian Taylor (Crank), who also directed it. And watching the trailer, you get that same frenetic Crank energy… only with 100% more imaginary talking horse.

Take a look!

Christopher Meloni plays Nick Sax, the aforementioned ex-cop hitman, who is adrift in a world of casual murder, soulless sex, and betrayal. After a hit gone wrong, he encounters a tiny, relentlessly positive, imaginary blue winged horse named Happy (voiced by a pitch-perfect Patton Oswalt) who needs his help saving a little girl. So, you know, just your average feel-good holiday programming.

In a “Peak TV” landscape full of serious dramas starring film actors slumming it on the small screen, I like to think that this is the natural extension of that trend. Just the weirdest, grossest, most degenerate piece of television imaginable. If “Peak TV” has given us the chance to see Christopher Meloni dancing around with a blood geyser erupting from the top of his head, then there really isn’t any need to go to the movie theater anymore, is there?

HAPPY! premieres December 6 at 10pm on SyFy.

Tori Preston is the managing editor of Pajiba. She tweets here. You can also listen to her weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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