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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..... See full summary »


Shalom Auslander




2015   Unknown  





Series cast summary:
Kathryn Hahn ...  Lee Payne 11 episodes, 2015
Steve Coogan ...  Thom Payne 10 episodes, 2015
Sawyer Shipman Sawyer Shipman ...  Julius Payne 10 episodes, 2015
Bradley Whitford ...  Jonathan Cooke 10 episodes, 2015
Carrie Preston ...  Debbie 10 episodes, 2015
Nils Lawton ...  Gottfrid 9 episodes, 2015
Tobias Segal ...  Gustaf / ... 8 episodes, 2015
Hannah Hodson ...  Lorna 7 episodes, 2015
Sean Kleier ...  Mikal 7 episodes, 2015
Molly Price ...  Bella 6 episodes, 2015
Lauren Culpepper ...  Tracey 6 episodes, 2015
Andre Royo ...  Barry 5 episodes, 2015
Ellen Barkin ...  Dani Kirschenbloom 5 episodes, 2015
Kevin Kilner ...  David 5 episodes, 2015


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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Showrunner, Shalom Auslander, was originally a memoirist. Happyish is his first script. Katheryn Hahn's reaction to this was "I just thought this is great, he doesn't know what rules there were to break." See more »


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A funny critique of contemporary culture
4 June 2015 | by Audrey_LSee all my reviews

I've started watching this show yesterday and I'm on 4th episode at the moment. The current rating of 6.9 is too low for this show, IMO. US voters gave lower ratings than those of us who live outside of USA. Maybe it's because Americans don't know Coogan or they don't like to see a Brit in the leading role. I am a big fan of Coogan and he is magnificent in "Happyish". Recently I've seen the actress who's playing his wife in "Transparent", another great new show.

"Happyish" reminds me of Woody Allen's movies, the protagonist is troubled with existential crisis and the show deals with different aspects of media culture, current corporate climate, parenthood and middle age. It gives us a strong social commentary and the critique of contemporary culture. It juxtaposes the new world of young and cocky executives with the world of middle aged people who are trying to find their place in this new and fast-changing world.

When Lee talks about her "bubble", she mentions that she is not on Facebook or Twitter, in that way she protects her family from outside intruders. I like that message a lot. When I think about it, I see a lot of families who share photos of their children on social network sites, some even open Facebook profiles for their newborn babies. People document every mundane experience and post about it - we've became extremely narcissistic and dependent on approval of others through fishing for Facebook "likes" and such. I'm 29 y.o., but I can relate to Mr. and Mrs. Payne a lot more than to any other character on this show.

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