Happy Town (2010– )

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A deputy sheriff is confronted with the unsolved mystery of a half-dozen child kidnappings over the past decade in a small town in Minnesota.

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 Tommy Conroy (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Henley Boone / ... (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Rachel Conroy (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Roger Hobbs (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Georgia Bravin (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Eli 'Root Beer' Rogers (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Andrew Haplin (8 episodes, 2010)
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 John Haplin (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Merritt Grieves (8 episodes, 2010)
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 Peggy Haplin (7 episodes, 2010)
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 Lincoln Stiviletto (7 episodes, 2010)
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 Womper Stiviletto (7 episodes, 2010)
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 Joanie Jenkins (7 episodes, 2010)
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 Kelvin Tolliver (7 episodes, 2010)
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 Ronald Stiviletto (7 episodes, 2010)
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 Emma Conroy (7 episodes, 2010)
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 Sheriff Griffin Conroy (6 episodes, 2010)
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 Big Dave Duncan (6 episodes, 2010)
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 Greggy Stiviletto (6 episodes, 2010)
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 Handsome Dan Farmer (6 episodes, 2010)
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 Carol Haplin (6 episodes, 2010)
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 Shell Jenkins / ... (6 episodes, 2010)
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 Irene Vaughn (6 episodes, 2010)
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 Esther Klapman (6 episodes, 2010)
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 Dot Meadows (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Levon (5 episodes, 2010)
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 Carl Bravin (4 episodes, 2010)
Brad Borbridge ...
 Perry Steckler (4 episodes, 2010)
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Haplin, Minnesota "Happy Town" is approaching five years of peace after being riddled for years by unsolved kidnappings. But, in the wake of this small town's first crime in five years, some dark truths are being revealed about some familiar faces. They say every town has its secrets... that doesn't even begin to describe Happy Town. Written by Anonymous

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When filming the "Thawfest" carnival scene for the series pilot, the cast sweltered in their winter coats with the actual temperature hovering above 60 degrees F. The scene location, Montebello Park in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada on April 2, 2009, had been snow-free for almost 2 months. See more »

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Wasted Potential
29 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

HAPPY TOWN had no small amount of potential. The setting was great, the plot was fairly strong, or at least layered enough to create the solid beginning to a mystery, and there were some interesting, well played characters, specifically Same Neill and M.C. Gainey. Oh, and the guy who played Root Beer. Love him.

That's about it. The dialogue in this show is atrocious. I mean really, really bad. Just about everyone speaks in total clichés. Sometimes, in order to sound "mysterious" and "quirky" the writers will give someone a line so cryptic that it's just silly. Example: "Just call me Gazpacho. 'Cause I like my soup cold." Huh? I know the show was cancelled in midstream, but the ending is terrible. Obviously it would be impossible to wrap up multiple seasons worth of loose ends in a single episode, but there was in ton of extraneous garbage in the last episode that could have been spent on something worthwhile. Instead they chose to blindside the audience with a bizarre, unsatisfying ending.

In the end, HAPPY TOWN desperately tries to be unique and original, something in the vein of the excellent TWIN PEAKS, but succeeds only in being derivative and silly.

Still, I watched every episode and was then motivated enough to write a long winded review. So, if you like dark mystery shows with hints of comedy (even when it doesn't totally work), check it out. You'll be no more disappointed than if you just watched TWO AND A HALF MEN instead.


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