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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Dark comedy wallows in explicit language and sex talk.

TV Showtime Comedy 2015
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Originally developed for Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Happyish came to a halt after Hoffman's sudden death, and the show's creators eventually found a new star in Steve Coogan, a likable Brit best known for his comedic portrayals of broadcast personality Alan Partridge and, more recently, dramatic projects such as Philomena. But Coogan and Hoffman are such different actors that it's hard not to imagine what Hoffman would have been like in the role. Perhaps it would've been better; most likely it would have been darker. Still, Coogan's doing his best to make Happyish as watchable-ish as he can.

The show hurls most of its humor at an assortment of adult problems, from depression and erectile dysfunction to the dangers of aging in the workforce, particularly when you work in an industry that's obsessed with youth culture. It's not about anything kids would care about, so there's no reason to think they'd want to watch. But if they do, they might decide that, if the future's this bleak, they might never want to grow up.

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