Best Episodes of Happy Endings (S1-S3)

by jtcunha87 | created - 04 Jan 2015 | updated - 08 Apr 2017 | Public

With most shows you can easily say, "This is my favorite episode; the one that surpassed all others in quality." With Happy Endings, I can't do that.

Below are episodes included on lists from A.V. Club, Bustle, Decider, The Hidden Remote, my "Top 5 Episodes That Aren't On Those Lists But Should Be On Every List," other personal favorites, cast & crew favorites (per VultureFest) and additional buzz-worthy episodes

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1. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: The Marry Prankster (2013)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Max's (Adam Pally) vow to play a series of vengeful pranks on his friends threatens to derail a big surprise planned by Penny's (Casey Wilson) boyfriend, Pete (guest star Nick Zano). ... See full summary »

Director: Rebecca Asher | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 221

AV Club's 5 Episodes That Show Why We're Still Mourning H.E.

Decider's Essential Episodes for Each Character (MAX)

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 3

Elisha Cuthbert (Alex)'s favorite per Vulture Fest H.E. Reunion

2. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Cocktails & Dreams (2012)

TV-14 | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

Grant keeps proving himself the perfect boyfriend for Max, whose search for a flaw to escape ends when he's ready to commit, over the surprise subject of child wishes. Dave is on a winning ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Greenberg | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 213

Decider's Essential Episodes for Each Character (PENNY)

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 2

3. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Big White Lies (2012)

TV-14 | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

In order to avoid having tea with an annoying childhood friend, Penny (Casey Wilson) makes up a series of detailed lies that quickly spin out of control. Meanwhile, Dave (Zachary Knighton) ... See full summary »

Director: Gail Mancuso | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 203

AV Club's 5 Episodes That Show Why We're Still Mourning H.E.

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 2

Jmunney's Best Episode of the Season, Season 2

4. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Makin' Changes! (2012)

TV-14 | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

Dave is not amused when self-appointed fashion policeman Max mounts an 'in-t-vention' and ruthless indoor follow-up patrol against his mate's apparent addiction to V-necks, yet ends up ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Patrick Jann | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 196

My Top 5 Best Episodes That Should Be On Every Best Episodes List List

5. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Party of Six (2012)

TV-14 | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

So many bad things have happened every time the friends celebrate Penny's birthday, they're wondering if her special day might be cursed. They set out to find a restaurant where they can ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Goss | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 186

Bustle's 11 Episodes to Marathon Now on Hulu

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 2

6. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: The St. Valentine's Day Maxssacre (2012)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

For Valentine's Day, Brad tries to surprise Jane, who doesn't respond well to surprises. Penny begins the process of breaking up with her boyfriend, 'respecting the break-up window'. Max ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Russo | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 219

AV Club's 5 Episodes That Show Why We're Still Mourning H.E.

Bustle's 11 Episodes to Marathon Now on Hulu

Damon Wayans Jr. (Brad)'s favorite per Vulture Fest H.E. Reunion

7. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: No-Ho-Ho (2012)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

When the gang finds out Jane lied about being born on Christmas Day and never got her own celebration, they throw a Christmas-free birthday party for her.

Director: Michael Patrick Jann | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 167

My Top 5 Best Episodes That Should Be On Every Best Episodes List List

8. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Boys II Menorah (2012)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Max becomes a popular emcee on the Bar Mitzvah circuit, and he asks Brad to help him out. Alex and Dave vow not to take their renewed relationship for granted.

Director: Eric Appel | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 170

Decider's Essential Episodes for Each Character (BRAD)

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 3

9. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Dave of the Dead (2011)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

A zombie movie gets the gang discussing who's most like or stand the best chance to survive a zombie attack. Being called a living zombie gives Dave the long-needed kick in the pants to ... See full summary »

Director: Randall Einhorn | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 229

Bustle's 11 Episodes to Marathon Now on Hulu

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 1

Jmunney's Best Episode of the Season, Season 1

10. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Like Father, Like Gun (2011)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

After a health scare, Brad's uptight dad now has a new lease on life and just wants to have fun, which Brad is having a difficult time dealing with; Penny starts to date an attractive ... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 249

AV Club's 5 Episodes That Show Why We're Still Mourning H.E.

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 1

11. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Blax, Snake, Home (2011)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

Penny buys her first home, an "amah-zing" condo complete with a wine fridge and Italian marble. But will the new digs really signal "the year of Penny" and turn her life around? And, on the... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Russo | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 223

AV Club's 5 Episodes That Show Why We're Still Mourning H.E.

Bustle's 11 Episodes to Marathon Now on Hulu

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 2

12. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: In the Heat of the Noche (2013)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

With the future of his new job in jeopardy, Brad enlists his friends to help save the failing kids' gym. Max's concerns over his endless texting lead him and Penny into addiction to a powerful - and illegal - cough syrup.

Director: Josh Bycel | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 138

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 3

13. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Brothas & Sisters (2013)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave's (Zachery Knighton) efforts to keep their breakup under wraps threaten Jane's (Eliza Coupe) plans for the wedding of their domineering older sister (guest star Stephanie March).

Director: Rebecca Asher | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 141

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 3

14. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Unsabotagable (2013)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Jane (Eliza Coupe) helps Max (Adam Pally) get his life back on track in order to impress his vengeful ex-roommate (guest star Mark-Paul Gosselaar). Dave (Zachary Knighton) bets that Alex (... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 127

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 3

15. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: The Shershow Redemption (2011)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

Being invited to the wedding of old friend Shershow creates unexpected consequences and feelings among the group. Brad and Jane discover unsettling news about their marital status; Alex ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Shallat Chemel | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 229

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 1

16. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Of Mice & Jazz-Kwon-Do (2011)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

Alex has a mouse in her apartment and asks Dave to come over and get rid of it humanely. While there, Dave falls in love with their old place. He lets the mouse go so he can spend more time... See full summary »

Director: Troy Miller | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 239

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 1

17. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: The Code War (2011)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

Max gets a surprise visit from his pre-gay-awareness high-school girlfriend Angie, but when Dave hits on her absurdly-jealously invokes the gays code, and when it's not observed, declares a... See full summary »

Director: Rob Greenberg | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 210

Decider's Essential Episodes for Each Character (DAVE)

18. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Baby Steps (2011)

TV-PG | 19 min | Comedy, Romance

Max can't even pay his rent after bad wagers, so after some begging, softy Dave, who was shocked to find his room rented to backpackers as shagging shack, engages Max to help out at the ... See full summary »

Director: Tristram Shapeero | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 210

Decider's Essential Episodes for Each Character (ALEX)

19. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Ordinary Extraordinary Love (2013)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Penny enacts an all-out publicity bonanza when a pop star shops at Alex's store. Brad and Dave try to make some home repairs, and Max needs to get out on the town.

Director: Michael A. Price | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 149

Decider's Essential Episodes for Each Character (DERRICK)

20. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Meat the Parrots (2012)

TV-14 | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

Dave was looking forward to a first visit from father 'Big Dave' since his parents' divorce, less to him bringing a girl friend. Penny is elated to find it's her even weirder, hippie ma ... See full summary »

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 190

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 2

21. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Pilot (2011)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Forget who gets to keep the ring - when a couple splits, the real question is, who gets to keep the friends? Alex and Dave's wedding was supposed to be the happiest day of their lives, for ... See full summary »

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 390

Hidden Remote's 5 Most A-mah-zing Episodes From Season 1

Adam Pally (Max)'s favorite per Vulturefest H.E. Reunion

22. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: You Snooze, You Bruise (2012)

TV-14 | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

Dave finds himself bullied at the gym by Corey, and former bully Alex coaches him on how to fight back. Meanwhile, the residents at Brad and Jane's condo are fed up with Jane being too ... See full summary »

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 180

Decider's Essential Episodes for Each Character (JANE)

23. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: The Butterfly Effect Effect (2012)

TV-14 | 19 min | Comedy, Romance

Max is sadly retreated in his unapproachable 'bear mode', using Dave's place as a cave where even the mates aren't allowed. So the rents of the gang eagerly awaits his annual wake-up call: ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Nelli Jr. | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 197

Bustle's 11 Episodes to Marathon Now on Hulu

24. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: KickBall 2: The Kickening (2012)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Alex signs up the gang to participate in the Northside Kickball Classic tournament. However, self-appointed manager Max has difficulty bringing his players up to scratch - Dave has a ... See full summary »

Director: Gail Lerner | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 168

Bustle's 11 Episodes to Marathon Now on Hulu

25. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Spooky Endings (2011)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

*Dave's break-up allow him and Alex to try out solo dream costumes, but his Austin Powers attracts little attention, her Marilyn Monroe only a queer in search of a transvestite. Max soon ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Savage | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 216

Bustle's 11 Episodes to Marathon Now on Hulu

Zachary Knighton (Dave)'s and Casey Wilson's (Penny) favorite per Vulture Fest H.E. Reunion

26. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Yesandwitch (2011)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

Penny's perpetually optimistic mom, Dana, is in town for a singing gig at a boat show. Her enthusiasm inspires the gang, but when Penny finds out she's hiding some less-than-happy news, she... See full summary »

Director: Joe Russo | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 206

Bustle's 11 Episodes to Marathon Now on Hulu

Creator David Cape's favorite per Vulturefest H.E. Reunion

27. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Mein Coming Out (2011)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Romance

Max panics when his parents come visit for the first time in years, as he never came out to them and blamed gay porn on Dave, who is a great sport, but the girls initially refuse to act as ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Melman | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 265

Bustle's 11 Episodes to Marathon Now on Hulu

28. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: More Like Stanksgiving (2012)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

When the gang celebrates Thanksgiving at Alex and Dave's new apartment, Max brings along a tape of Brad and him on "The Real World," and everyone recalls how they met ten years ago.

Director: Jay Chandrasekhar | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 170

Bustle's 11 Episodes to Marathon Now on Hulu

Jmunney's Best Episode of the Season, Season 3

29. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: The Incident (2013)

TV-14 | 19 min | Comedy, Romance

A hairstylist's gossip revives a dormant family feud between Alex and Jane. As Dave looks for a new recipe to jumpstart his flagging sandwich business, his food truck is stolen.

Director: Ken Whittingham | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 136

Bustle's 11 Episodes to Marathon Now on Hulu

30. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Cazsh Dummy Spillionaires (2012)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Alex and Dave try to downplay their relationship by setting each other up on dates with other people. Brad hides his new job from Jane, and Max takes care of Penny while she's in a body cast.

Director: Fred Goss | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 188

My Top 5 Best Episodes That Should Be On Every Best Episodes List List

31. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Sabado Free-Gante (2012)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Alex and Dave can't commit to a new apartment. Jane insists on accompanying Penny when she buys a new car. Max shows Brad how to get free stuff in Chicago.

Director: Stuart McDonald | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 181

Eliza Coupe (Jane)'s favorite per Vulture Fest H.E. Reunion

32. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Four Weddings and a Funeral (Minus Three Weddings and One Funeral) (2012)

TV-14 | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

The gang find themselves at yet another wedding, this time the nuptials of Derrick and Eric . Will there be "DRAMA", to quote Derrick? Of course, as Brad struggles to tell Jane something ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Greenberg | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 209

Executive Producer Jonathan Groff's favorite per Vulture Fest H.E. Reunion

33. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: The Kerkovich Way (2012)

TV-14 | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

A panicked Alex enlists Jane's help in convincing Dave that something he's certain happened never did, but will they succeed? Meanwhile, Penny and Max are determined to finally beat an ... See full summary »

Director: Steven Sprung | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 188

34. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: The Shrink, the Dare, Her Date and Her Brother (2012)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

Dave has an odd reaction when his shrink starts dating Penny. Meanwhile, Jane and Max fight over ownership of a sweater and end up in another one of their strange competitions; whoever is "... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Melman | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 192

My Top 5 Best Episodes That Should Be On Every Best Episodes List List

35. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: The Storm Before the Calm (2013)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

A play Penny (Casey Wilson) has written following her failed engagement has everyone worried that she may not be over it. Brad (Adam Pally) and Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) sign on as tastemakers... See full summary »

Director: Kyle Newacheck | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 124

36. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Everybody Loves Grant (2012)

TV-PG | 20 min | Comedy, Romance

When the whole gang, with the exception of Dave, falls in love with Grant, Max wonders if he really is good enough to date the "perfect" guy. Meanwhile, Dave sets out to prove he's way cooler than Max's new boyfriend.

Director: Kyle Newacheck | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 184

My Top 5 Best Episodes That Should Be On Every Best Episodes List List

37. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Fowl Play/Date (2013)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Brad and Penny create one disaster after another when they accidentally break a childhood memento of Alex's. Jane and Dave go overboard to find someone for Max.

Director: Rob Greenberg | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 156

38. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: P&P Romance Factory (2012)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Jane asks Brad for help when she hits a glass ceiling at the auto dealership. Penny has to wear a helmet following her concussion, and Dave and Max have fist-bump problems.

Director: Beth McCarthy-Miller | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 153

39. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: The Ballad of Lon Sarofsky (2013)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

A plan to get Penny (Casey Wilson) a date backfires, landing her in a relationship with Jane's (Eliza Coupe) boorish boss (guest star Robb Corddry). Dave (Zachary Knighton) and Alex (Elisha... See full summary »

Director: Fred Goss | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 133

40. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: The Straight Dope (2013)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

In order to get good basketball tickets, Max avoids telling a woman who's interested in him that he's gay. Alex's efforts to be smarter pose a threat to Dave and Jane.

Director: Steven Sprung | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 131

41. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: She Got Game Night (2013)

TV-PG | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

To prove how well she and her fiancé Pete know each other, Penny (Casey Wilson) challenges her friends to a couples' game night. A job offer at a brick and mortar restaurant leads Dave (Zachary Knighton) to seek a psychic's advice.

Director: Kyle Newacheck | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 135

42. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Bros Before Bros (2013)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

As Dave squares off against a competitor's food truck, Max falls in love with the rival's son. Jane and Alex disagree over inviting Penny's father to her wedding.

Director: Eric Appel | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 137

43. Happy Endings (2011–2013)
Episode: Deuce Babylove 2: Electric Babydeuce (2013)

TV-14 | 21 min | Comedy, Romance

Dave (Zachery Knighton) and Penny (Casey Wilson) discover that their parents, Big Dave (guest star Michael McKean) and Dana (guest star Megan Mullally), want to adopt. Jane (Eliza Coupe) ... See full summary »

Director: David Caspe | Stars: Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally

Votes: 125



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