TV Review: Happy Endings, Season Two

The Chicago-set comedy continues its quirky comedy style in a new season.

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In a year full of new shows that didn't make it out of their first year, Happy Endings was a surprise renewal. The freshman comedy started off a bit rough when it premiered in April but the sitcom gradually found its voice and was rewarded with a reprieve from the chopping block. In its first installments of a new season, the show proves that it was well worth the rescue.

The biggest struggle for Happy Endings in its first season was that the couple the show was built around, Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave (Zachary Knighton), just weren't as funny or likeable as the rest of the ensemble. This seems to not have gone unnoticed as the season premiere focuses largely on Penny's (Casey Wilson) acquisition of a new condo and her stressing about whether or not it will curse her as a spinster when she learns the two previous owners died alone. While Alex and Dave have a little tiff at the beginning of the show when they unburden the lies they told each other while together, they largely spend the rest of the time apart. The second episode forefronts Jane's (Eliza Coupe) search for the baby that was made from an egg donation she made in college for some extra cash. However, a Mean Girls-esque plot about Alex selling clothes intended for babies to a band teenage harpies goes on a bit long.

Happy Endings has a lot of charm, winning characters and some good laughs and it's worth picking up if you missed the show's introduction last spring.

Happy Endings premieres Wednesday 8:30pm on ABC.

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