A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's not really a "message" show, but the series does promote friendship, often over romantic relationships. If a character has lied or behaved irresponsibly, they usually recognize the error of their ways by the end of an episode.
Positive Role Models
Characters regularly make mistakes -- from acting selfishly to telling lies to shirking responsibility -- and they don't always learn from their experiences. Most appear to have jobs of some kind, but you rarely see them working.
Violence & Scariness
Characters fall and trip for comedic purposes but don't get seriously injured.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendo drives a lot of jokes, but there's rarely any visible hanky-panky. Some light kissing, discussion of porn, comic references to vaginas and threesomes, etc.
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Words like "damn" and "hell," plus "ass," "bitch," and "bastard." Sexually charged terms include "slut" and "gay" (used as a pseudo-slur/pun by a gay character, as in "Coming out is so gay").
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Products & Purchases
Name-droppage is rare, but one episode mentions Skinnygirl Margaritas.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking in every episode, and drunkenness is played for comedy. A character drinks straight vodka but tells others it's water, another makes a "gin smoothie" for breakfast, etc. Some comedic references to drug use, including a pun about a nickel bag of heroin.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this relationship sitcom is targeting single and married adults in their late 20s and 30s with its social drinking and sexually charged jokes that, while age appropriate for its characters, may not be the best choice for teens. There isn't much in terms of visible hanky panky, but characters do kiss on camera. They also have one-night stands with strangers and occasionally make cheeky references to porn and threesomes. Audible language includes "bitch" and "bastard" in addition to sexually charged terms like "slut" and "gay" (which is used more than once as a comic-slur/pun by a gay character).
Is It Any Good?
Early on, you get the feeling that Happy Endings is desperately trying to secure one for itself so that it won't join the sad line of similarly themed sitcoms that got canceled because they couldn't find an audience. And, apparently, the show's producers are betting it all on breakneck banter with awkwardly forced "slanguage" like "bro," "dude," "deets," and -- in a particularly cringe-worthy instance -- "Lake Mich." (We dare you to find a Chicagoan who actually calls it that.)
The intent of a chatty script, of course, is to keep things moving comedically. But the effect here is a hyper-realized world that, while undeniably witty, at times feels a bit frantic and forced. Thankfully, that doesn't keep the laughs from coming ... it just distracts you when they do.
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