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 Lee Payne (11 episodes, 2015)
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 Thom Payne (10 episodes, 2015)
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 Julius Payne (10 episodes, 2015)
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 Jonathan Cooke (10 episodes, 2015)
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 Debbie (10 episodes, 2015)
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 Gottfrid (9 episodes, 2015)
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 Lorna (7 episodes, 2015)
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 Mikal (7 episodes, 2015)
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 Bella (6 episodes, 2015)
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 Tracey (6 episodes, 2015)
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 Barry (5 episodes, 2015)
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 Dani Kirschenbloom (5 episodes, 2015)
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 David (5 episodes, 2015)
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On his birthday, Thom Payne gets the gift of insignificance and also a new boss. He suspects his ED pills are interfering with his anti-depressants, leaving him with neither happiness nor... happiness. In a culture that reveres youth - a culture he helped create - Thom needs to figure out what his purpose is now that he's halfway to death and nobody cares what he thinks. Because in a world where any Kardashian is trending up, perhaps the wise among us would heartily embrace trending down. Written by Showtime

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Opening scene of first episode shows the Village Green and some local shops of the town of Woodstock, NY. Scriptwriter Shalom Auslander is a local. See more »

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Thumbs Not Up-ish, But Way Up!
20 April 2015 | by (L A.) – See all my reviews

Caught this last night and was pleasantly surprised - hadn't read about it beforehand, didn't realize Coogan and John Cameron Mitchell were involved, so I was doubly pleased.

Coogan's character sets the tone perfectly from the get-go, with his 'f-you' voice-over regarding Mount Rushmore: we know we're in for a no-holds-barred look at these peoples' lives, and that is indeed what we get in the half-hour pilot, which could have gone on longer, as far as I'm concerned.

This subject - trying to find the balance between what you get in Life and what you think you wanted - perfectly illustrated by the show's title - has been covered before, many times. But Happyish surprisingly manages to conjure a fresh take on it, because of the individuality of the characters. Good writing, excellent acting, huge watchability factor, with plenty of room to grow, and I am most definitely in.


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