TV review: Happy Endings

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

"Happy Endings" is the latest in a long (and trite) line of recent relationship comedies - aka "Friends" part deux.

When Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) leaves Dave (Zachary Knighton) at the altar and runs off with some guy on rollerblades, the "Happy Endings" gang is in danger of breaking up.

The girls, Jane (Eliza Coupe) and Penny (Casey Wilson), must side with Alex. The dudes, Max (Adam Pally) and Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.), take the obligatory bros over hoes approach.

Jane, an incredibly annoying and anal-retentive eternal optimist, keeps telling Dave that he and Alex can work it out. His buddies say he needs to go out and get some.

This leads to a series of misadventures resulting in Dave and Alex realizing their marriage probably wouldn't have worked and they're sorry they hurt each other.

"Happy Endings" is basically a series based off Ross and Rachel's infamous "We were on a break!" storyline. As popular as "Friends" was, replicating it for today's audiences is just lazy and dull.

It's a shame because there's talent here, and the writers attempt some more adult (TV-MA lite) humor. Cuthbert and Knighton have good chemistry, especially given the perfunctory treatment of their characters, and Pally's Max is actually pretty funny as an alpha male homosexual.

Conversely, the show would vastly improve if Wayans Jr. and Coupe's characters died off in a car accident.

Happy Endings

Premieres 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, on ABC

1.5 stars