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Happy Endings

Happy Endings

ABC 2011

A fresh and funny take on modern friendship and what one urban family will do to stay friends after the perfect couple who brought them all together break up on their wedding day. The failed wedding forces them all to question their life choices. Then there are Alex and Dave themselves, who strike a truce and must learn to live with the changes their breakup has brought.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Happy Endings

Happy Endings - S2E16

#1 - Cocktails & Dreams (Season 2 - Episode 16)

Dave gets a liquor license for his food truck, making it a new hot spot. The gang avoids Dave because his signature drink gives them sex dreams about him.

The episode was rated 8.45 from 269 votes.

Happy Endings - S2E17

#2 - The Kerkovich Way (Season 2 - Episode 17)

A panicked Alex enlists Jane's help in convincing Dave that something he's certain happened never did using "The Kerkovich Way," an ancient Serbian memory-wiping technique passed down through the Kerkovich clan. Meanwhile, Penny and Max are determined to finally beat an annoyingly perfect couple in the annual Rosalita's Run and Scavenger Hunt.

The episode was rated 8.42 from 272 votes.

Happy Endings - S3E12

#3 - The Marry Prankster (Season 3 - Episode 12)

When the gang pranks Max into thinking he won a big lotto jackpot, he vows revenge when they least suspect it. Meanwhile, Brad gets a new job as a CFO, but Jane is not amused when she learns the title is Chief Fun Officer and that Brad is working at a kids' gym.

The episode was rated 8.38 from 277 votes.

Happy Endings - S2E21

#4 - Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral) (Season 2 - Episode 21)

The gang find themselves at yet another wedding, this time the nuptials of Derrick and Eric. Brad struggles to tell Jane something important, Jane tries to find a way to help Eric hide the fact that the pricey reception must be downscaled, and Max tries to find the courage to perform with his old all-male Madonna cover band. Meanwhile, a dateless Penny is sad that she's at another wedding, alone, until she meets cute guy Chris via Skype.

The episode was rated 8.37 from 229 votes.

Happy Endings - S2E20

#5 - Big White Lies (Season 2 - Episode 20)

Things spiral out of control after Penny tells a white lie to avoid an irritating childhood friend. Dave and Max's lonely and jealous landlord falls for Alex.

The episode was rated 8.26 from 244 votes.

Happy Endings - S2E10

#6 - The Shrink, the Dare, Her Date and Her Brother (Season 2 - Episode 10)

Dave has a surprising reaction when his shrink starts dating Penny. Max and Jane's fight over a sweater leads to a strange competition, and Alex and Brad bond when they discover a shared interest.

The episode was rated 8.26 from 264 votes.

Happy Endings - S2E14

#7 - Everybody Loves Grant (Season 2 - Episode 14)

When the whole gang, with the exception of Dave, falls in love with Grant, Max wonders if he really is good enough to date the "perfect" guy. Meanwhile, Dave sets out to prove he's way cooler than Max's new boyfriend.

The episode was rated 8.24 from 246 votes.

Happy Endings - S1E12

#8 - The Shershow Redemption (Season 1 - Episode 12)

An old friend gets married, and the bride thinks Alex is a jinx; Penny and Derrick pretend to be engaged.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 283 votes.

Happy Endings - S2E12

#9 - Makin' Changes (Season 2 - Episode 12)

Jane encourages Penny to find a man and then change him to suit her expectations. Alex stages an intervention to stop Dave from his obsession with V-neck shirts.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 258 votes.

Happy Endings - S1E10

#10 - Bo Fight (Season 1 - Episode 10)

Alex's string of "girls' nights out" doesn't sit well with Penny; Max pushes Dave to get even.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 270 votes.

Happy Endings - S2E15
#11 - The Butterfly Effect Effect
Season 2 - Episode 15

The friends wait for Brad and Jane's annual "Spring Smackdown," their yearly blowout of a domestic squabble, to let them know when Max will come out of hibernation and when winter will end.

The episode was rated from 269 votes.
Happy Endings - S2E9
#12 - Grinches Be Crazy
Season 2 - Episode 9

Max agrees to dress up as Santa for Penny's charity event. Jane accidently gives housekeeper Gita the envelope stuffed with money for their big Xmas getaway to Turks & Caicos, instead of the $200 Christmas tip she had planned. Dave cashes in all the homemade coupons Alex gave him as gifts from past Christmases.

The episode was rated from 270 votes.
Happy Endings - S2E7
#13 - The Code War
Season 2 - Episode 7

When Max's high school girlfriend Angie, the girl he dated before he realized he was gay, returns to town, Penny (who was Max's girlfriend in college) starts to feel jealous. Meanwhile, Alex starts to develop an unusual crush on Max. When Dave starts dating Angie, Max becomes angry and declares a "code war". Jane finds out that Brad has a "work wife", so she sets out to obtain a "work husband".

The episode was rated from 277 votes.
Happy Endings - S2E19
#14 - You Snooze, You Bruise
Season 2 - Episode 19

Dave finds himself bullied at the gym by Corey, and former bully Alex coaches him on how to fight back. Meanwhile, the residents at Brad and Jane's condo are fed up with Jane being too controlling as president of their home owners' association, and rise up to challenge her for the job.

The episode was rated from 238 votes.
Happy Endings - S2E5
#15 - Spooky Endings
Season 2 - Episode 5

Penny, Max, Dave and Alex head to a Halloween warehouse party, where their costumes don't have the effect they anticipated. Meanwhile, Jane and Brad spend their Halloween house sitting for some friends in the suburbs.

The episode was rated from 273 votes.
Happy Endings - S1E6
#16 - Of Mice & Jazz-Kwon-Do
Season 1 - Episode 6

Brad plays matchmaker to a co-worker; Penny regrets inviting Jane to her martial-arts class; Dave helps Alex with odd jobs, leading his friends to think he wants to get back together with her.

The episode was rated from 331 votes.
Happy Endings - S1E7
#17 - Dave of the Dead
Season 1 - Episode 7

Dave shocks everyone by quitting his job and plans to open a restaurant; Jane and Max face off in silly challenges; Penny is exhausted by trying to keep up with her new boyfriend's friends.

The episode was rated from 294 votes.
Happy Endings - S1E5
#18 - Like Father, Like Gun
Season 1 - Episode 5

When Brad's dad receives good news on some medical tests, his new view on life is difficult for Brad to accept; Penny meets an attractive Italian, but she can only speak to him when she's drunk.

The episode was rated from 331 votes.
Happy Endings - S3E7
#19 - No-Ho-Ho
Season 3 - Episode 7

The gang discovers that Jane has been lying about her birthday, and that she was actually born on Christmas but never liked her natal day being trumped by the holiday. With that in mind, they throw her a celebration that is Christmas-free and all about Jane.

The episode was rated from 271 votes.
Happy Endings - S2E13
#20 - The St. Valentine's Day Maxssacre
Season 2 - Episode 13

Penny has a new boyfriend she wants to dump and Dave is afraid his new girlfriend is about to dump him. Alex goes looking for a party in the sketchy part of town, and Brad's hopes for a perfect night out for Jane are dashed when a dental appointment goes terribly wrong. Max picks up a couple with his limo only to find that one of the passengers is Grant, the boyfriend he broke up with a year ago.

The episode was rated from 267 votes.

Last updated: sep 02, 2022



One year later, I am still heartbroken that Happy Endings actually did end. What an ominous title that was... It took me almost the entirety of the first season to start feeling the love for Happy Endings, but I stuck it out and I found that while I was expecting a How I Met Your Mother meets Friends kind of show, Happy Endings was much more and very different in all the right ways. Although the series builds from Dave & Alex's wedding, all 6 characters are equally hilarious, entertaining, adorkable (yes there's a k there), relatable and whimsical. I couldn't pick one strong character in this cast, neither could I pick a weak one (although Dave is a bit of an acquired taste). I will never forget Max' genius "hold your horses" or Winnie The Pooh episode, Alex' "I'm not as dumb as I am" and her couch prank or her "I may not know what an Ira Glass is", Brad's Sim-Brad, Penny's falls and head bumps, Jane's ideal salary negotiation, her calm authority and that episode she loses it all at the couples games night, and Dave's so subtle dorky behavior. But that isn't even half of Happy Endings' strength. Never before has any show assumed the gay/black attributes of its characters so openly, without making that one particular define their whole identity. Happy Endings broke the stereotypes of those characters, and the stereotypical way in which they are usually dealt with in TV/Movies. It didn't dance around the obvious, try to make a political stance, or avoid laughing about it. As with any group of friends, they sometimes joked about Max not being gay enough, or Brad's black origins and the way he speaks, and the jokes were real and tasteful. There's also the fact that Happy Endings is a physical + spoken + situation comedy at once, a traditional sitcom in that sense, but the spoken aspect was always subdued, full of references, and it made you work for your reward in every joke. I was often too focused on one aspect or character and didn't notice what else was happening simultaneously. I also missed some of the verbal jokes. That's why there is such an added value in re-watching Happy Endings. I have seen every episode at least 5 times and I STILL find new things to laugh at. That's how much there is going on, and how brilliant the show is. I am grateful that we got 3 seasons of Happy Endings, but I would have loved more, so much and much and much more.


"This show has ended" This hurts so much more than it should.


Honestly one of the best shows ever, shame they canceled it


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