Created by David Caspe, “Happy Endings” follows the lives of six young friends living in Chicago as they each try to grow used to the responsibilities and problems of adulthood. Originally written off as just another “Friends” copycat, “Happy Endings” quickly proved its worth as a unique network comedy, the likes of which viewers rarely see.
A large part of the show’s success had to do with the screen chemistry and comedic talents of its core cast members. Eliza Coupe and Damon Wayans Jr., in particular, managed to win over the hearts of the show’s viewers with their performances as Jane and Brad, who might just be one of the best TV married couples of recent memory. It wasn’t just the work of its actors that made “Happy Endings” such a memorable critical darling though. The series made a name for itself by embracing the zanier and weirder sides of its characters — and often took the time to showcase the kind of strangely specific jokes and rare interpersonal dynamics that can only grow out of longtime friendships.
All of which is to say that the relationships in “Happy Endings” were all believable, in spite of the show’s often absurd and goofy narrative detours. That’s why it was so fun to watch when it was originally on the air and still is to this day.