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Happy Endings

Happy Endings follows the dysfunctional adventures of six best friends living in Chicago: "crazy-in-love" married couple, businessman overachiever Brad (Damon Wayans, Jr.) and his neurotic perfectionist wife Jane (Eliza Coupe); ditzy Alex (Elisha Cuthbert), a happy-go-lucky boutique owner and Jane's younger sister; daydreamer Dave (Zachary Knighton), an aspiring restaurateur and food truck owner; slacker manchild Max (Adam Pally), who struggles to hold a job and maintain a consistent relationship; and outgoing party girl Penny (Casey Wilson), a serial dater on an eternal search for Mr. Right.

Happy Endings

WELDON: Always happy to have you. OK, so "Happy Endings" was created by David Caspe, who's gone on to co-create the series "Black Monday" and "Kenan." It ran on ABC for three seasons from 2011 to 2013, and it follows a group of six best friends, as we mentioned. There's the hyper-successful married couple, Jane and Brad, played by Eliza Coupe - yay - and Damon Wayans Jr.; slovenly man-child Max, played by Adam Pally; serial dating PR flack Penny, played by Casey Wilson; insecure, goateed food truck proprietor Dave, played by Zachary Knighton; and the youngest of the group, Alex, played by Elisha Cuthbert. She's both Jane's younger sister and Dave's ex-fiancee, who leaves him at the altar in the series' pilot.

LOW: I mean, maybe I'll start by saying I'm proud to say I'm an OG fan of this show. I watched it during its original run, and I think originally I watched it because it was kind of after Casey Wilson had her run on "SNL." And I remember thinking that she was, like, sort of funny in an alt way that maybe didn't work for that show. But then I was so happy to see her land this other thing. And "Happy Endings" became like "My Private Idaho" (ph). Like, I loved recommending the show to people. And I've, again, sort of enjoyed watching it recently. It kind of has the vibes of like when you recommend "Party Down" to somebody.

HARRIS: And to me, it's kind of like the way in which I guess people have probably tried to describe "Happy Endings," where it's like, it's like this show, but actually, let me back up. It's like this show. It's like this show. I just love those little, you know, pop cultural references that can be sort of deep, but not too deep. It's just like that perfect happy middle.

HARRIS: I also have to say that one of the best things about this show, and towards the end before it was unfortunately just cut off and did not get a proper ending, is the fact that they all remain child-free. I think that usually with these sorts of shows, there is, at some point, some hand-wringing about or, like, an entire plotline or premise about one of the couples trying to have a baby. And I kept fearing that that was going to happen. I was like, oh, God, this is going to happen. At one point, Brad and Jane actually, like, say flat-out, like, no, we're not trying to have a baby. And granted, towards the end, then there's hints that this might happen. But I appreciate the fact that it didn't happen because I like the dynamic of these characters, and I could've watched them deal with other issues around jobs or whatnot. I'm biased, I know, 'cause I am proudly child-free and want to be forever. But, yeah, I'm just really happy that at least for those short three seasons, that was the way it stayed.

LOW: I think that's real. I mean, I think it's the sort of, like, "Will & Grace" sort of situation or example where you show one sort of stereotypically straight-acting gay guy and then as his counterpart a more stereotypically effeminate gay man, which I think is, like, yes, more representation, and that's great. I think where people get in trouble or where I'm not as happy about it is if you hold up the traditionally straight-acting gay guy as the romantic lead who gets full storylines, who gets to sort of live a full life...

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"I don't know how many men are out there now that have had a massage that perhaps occasionally there was a happy ending," Hardin said. "Maybe there's nobody in your listening audience that that ever happened to. I do want to point out, if it has happened, it's not a crime. Okay? Unless you are paying somebody extra or so to give you some type of sexual activity, it's not a crime.

With Hardin's latest comments, the NFL may finally suspend Watson over sexual misconduct but don't count on the QB losing in court. As Hardin puts it, two grand juries have already found that happy endings after a massage are not a crime. 041b061a72


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