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"Happyish" review by Suzanne 5/2/15
Airs Sundays at 9:30pm on Showtime

Wow. There are a lot of people who hate this show, and it's barely started airing! I read a lot of reviews of the show, and they all seem to hate it. I don't really get that. It's not the funniest show in the world, but it's not terrible.

The show is set in the modern advertising world. The show's protagonist, Thom (Steve Coogan) narrates the show as well. He's a middle-aged guy feeling like the advertising biz is passing him by for young people and social media. This is a pretty common theme nowadays. That aspect of the show reminds me of the new TVLAND show "Younger." I guess the heroine in that show is more sympathetic because she's divorced from her cheating ex-husband and couldn't get a job because she was 40. This guy has a good job, and a beautiful house and loving family. So hearing him complain about everything ticks some reviewers off a bit.

I think they're just taking the show a bit too seriously. It's a comedy. The guy in the show may be bitter, but to me he's just having fun, even if he's complaining about not being happy. He knows that his life is good and he's complaining about stupid things, but he's still not happy. There are a lot of fantasy segments in the show, and sometimes you're not sure which is real and which is fantasy. In that sense, it's following in the tradition of "Family Guy" and the old HBO show "Dream On," as well as the old cartoon "My World and Welcome To it," based on James Thurber. In fact, I think this whole show has a kind of Thurber-esque quality to it. It's light humor. It's not supposed to be hilarious or deep. It's just a light half hour to pass the time. Like reading a New Yorker cartoon. Very droll. There's a funny-but-creepy scene with Keebler Elves in the first episode.

I always want to say that we've all only watched ONE episode, so it may get better over time. It's really hard to judge any TV show from one episode, but especially a half hour comedy. Check it out yourself and let me know if you like it or not! Of course, since it's on Showtime, it does have sex, nudity, and bad language. I don't have Showtime, so I guess I have to wait for the DVD. You can watch the first episode on the Showtime site and On Demand.

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