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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 Worst Episodes of Happy Endings

Happy Endings - S3E20

#1 - The Ballad of Lon Sarofsky


Season 3 - Episode 20

The gang is shocked when Penny rebounds from her breakup with Pete by having a torrid affair with the last man on earth they'd pick for her -- the Car Czar. To make matters worse, she's temporarily living with Brad and Jane, who end up acting like disapproving parents. Meanwhile the friends pressure Max to get a job so he'll stop sponging off them.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Happy Endings from 316 votes.

Happy Endings - S3E22

#2 - Deuce Babylove 2: Electric Babydeuce


Season 3 - Episode 22

Penny's mom, Dana, and Dave's dad, Big Dave, are in town visiting, and these two lovebirds are not only going strong, they've decided to adopt a baby together, prompting Penny and Dave to react the only way they know how - irrationally. Meanwhile, Brad and Jane decide to try to join an exclusive tennis club, but unfortunately Max is on the scent and they can't shake him...or Alex.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Happy Endings from 292 votes.

Happy Endings - S3E19

#3 - The Storm Before the Calm


Season 3 - Episode 19

Penny insists that she's fine after her breakup with Pete, but the gang begin to wonder when she writes a play entitled "Black Plague: A Love Story" and asks Derrick and his theater group to stage it. Meanwhile a marketing group asks Alex and Max to be taste makers.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Happy Endings from 313 votes.

Happy Endings - S3E4

#4 - More Like Stanksgiving


Season 3 - Episode 4

The gang celebrates Thanksgiving by watching a previously unaired episode of "Real World" they appeared in back in college, and, long after the fact, learn some shocking new dirt about one another.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Happy Endings from 271 votes.

Happy Endings - S3E8

#5 - Fowl Play/Date


Season 3 - Episode 8

After Brad and Penny accidentally break Alex's beloved childhood memento, they try to glue it back together which leads to an even worse situation. Meanwhile, Jane and Dave try a little too hard to find a match for Max.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Happy Endings from 265 votes.

Happy Endings - S3E10
#6 - KickBall 2: The Kickening
Season 3 - Episode 10

Alex signs up the gang to participate in the Northside Kickball Classic tournament. However, self-appointed manager Max has difficulty bringing his players up to scratch.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Happy Endings from 189 votes.

Happy Endings - S3E21
#7 - Un-sabotagable
Season 3 - Episode 21

Chase, the ex-roommate whose life Max ruined, says he'd like to take revenge and do the same thing to Max, but Max's life is so pathetic it's "un-sabotagable." Max vows to prove him wrong and asks Jane to help him get his act together. Meanwhile, Alex asks the rest of the gang for help when Dave challenges her to finally use her stockpile of Groupons.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Happy Endings from 307 votes.

Happy Endings - S3E9
#8 - Ordinary Extraordinary Love
Season 3 - Episode 9

When a hot young pop star stops in and buys a dress at Alex's store, Penny helps Alex turns it into a press opportunity. Meanwhile, Max is having an identity crisis, so Jane and Derrick take him on a tour of Chicago's themed gay bars to help him find his niche, and Brad and Dave try to be "men" and fix things around the house.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Happy Endings from 251 votes.

Happy Endings - S3E6
#9 - To Serb with Love
Season 3 - Episode 6

Jane and Alex's parents throw a big celebration to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the family mattress business, and Jane agonizes over coming up with an amusing toast to spring on her humorless dad. Meanwhile, Alex tells Dave that her parents are unaware that they are once again bedfellows, and Max goes looking for a new BFF since Penny's tied up in her relationship with Pete.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Happy Endings from 261 votes.

Happy Endings - S3E16
#10 - The Incident
Season 3 - Episode 16

When Max tries out Jane and Alex's long-time hairdresser, Krisjahn, he gets some good salon gossip on the girls, but his loose lips may cause World War III between the Kerkovitch sisters. Meanwhile, the Steak Me Home truck is stolen and Dave and Penny try to figure out whodunit.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Happy Endings from 307 votes.

Last updated: may 14, 2021



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


This show really was one of the funniest sitcoms(?) I've ever seen. The jokes and dialogue can be a bit fast-paced, but despite the silliness of many of the characters and/or the actions, it still felt pretty genuine. Another thing I liked about this was that the characters weren't very stereotypical and in fact, the show touched on stereotypes in extremely humorous ways. I was fortunate enough to catch this series early in the first season right after the cancellation of "Love Bites," a similar program on NBC, so I was able to see it as it was broadcasting, which made it a real disappointment when this was cancelled in the 3rd season.


watched 2 seasons in 3days, this show is hilarious, every character is special and very likeable. Even tho some of the jokes feel forced, the show is funny as hell. Enjoyed myself a lot so far, will watch the last season next, dont want it to end so soon =(


Damn, I miss this show!


A really fun show that never got the chance to develop itself. The characters have great chemistry with each other, and each and every one of them has its own unique side without being cliché. The writers managed to get some very good jokes into the show, and the timing of the actors is pretty decent too. Max is one of the highlights of the cast, and I think that if this would have run for a few more seasons it could've been as popular as New Girl or better. The weak point is the stale position everyone is in, some of the characters are a bit overdone which leaves not a lot of space for different situations and jokes. It also happens from time to time that a scene is very forced and all actors are literally repeating their lines in stead of acting them out.


Complete series coming to Blu-ray in 2018!


I won't say this was my favorite show, but this is really a funny one, they should have made at least 5 or 6 seasons, (My Favorite Comedy Show is Community).


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