21 March 2012 11:54 AM, PDT | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

It's hard to think of a time before Happy Endings. But to do so, one need only mentally travel back to December 2010. Yes, it's only been 14 months since the Chicago-set comedy came into our lives and laid waste to the other "Friends-y" series that debuted that year. And yet, it feels like Max, Penny, Dave, Alex, Brad and Jane have been Wednesday night staples in my life for years.

That's why the task of selecting one to represent them in my list of 2011 Breakout Stars was so difficult -- each contributed something uniquely special to pop culture last year. But when I was pressed to do so, one name stood out: Eliza Coupe.

Citing Eliza's hilariously neurotic turn as one half of TV's greatest married couple, her must-follow Twitter feed and the so-wrong-it's-right Temple Grandin impersonation she delivered at a Happy Endings-themed Ucb event, my choice was basically made for me. This morning »

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