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Happy Endings

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Talky romcom runs on booze, puns, and innuendo.

TV ABC Comedy 2011
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

Best Show, with hidden messages

The characters in the show, show strong guidence for their friends. It is actually one of the funniest shows I have ever watched. Although sex is discussed, it is mostly between a married couple, and the sexuality of a gay character. The show is very realistic and I believe it shows things I want my kids to be influenced by like trust, friendship,kindness, fun and togetherness. I deffinately think this is apropriate for young teens and up.
age 13+


well i love this show i think it is very funny and sweet but it is just too mature for my 3 younger siblings

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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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