Cuthbert kicked off the 2010s with “Happy Endings,” which ran for three seasons on ABC before being canceled. It might be a surprise to fans of her character Alex’s particular blend of golden retriever style manic energy but Cuthbert found the rhythms of the highwire sitcom to be a challenge. During a 2012 interview with Collider, she said that when she returned to the series after a filming break “it took me two days to get back into the pace and speed, keeping up with the rest of the actors.” She went on to explain, “I do come from a more subdued, subtle form of acting … Even though it’s different, I’m comfortable in it.”
Based on that assessment, her sitcom work that has come after “Happy Endings” is likely more in her wheelhouse. She was the star of the Ellen DeGeneres produced comedy “One Big Happy,” where she played a gay woman named Lizzy whose plan to have a child with her best male friend is complicated when he falls in love with a woman. That series only lasted for one season, but her next project had more longevity.
Cuthbert was one of the co-stars of the Netflix sitcom “The Ranch,” about a football player named Colt Bennett (Ashton Kutcher) who moves home to his family’s Colorado ranch after his career bottoms out. Cuthbert played Abby, Colt’s high school girlfriend with whom he rekindles a relationship.
“The Ranch” ran for four seasons, coming to an end at the beginning of 2020. After rediscovering “Happy Endings” on Netflix, fans are no doubt excited to see what she does next.