Happy! (TV series)
Happy! is an American live-action/adult animated black comedy/action-drama television series based on the four-issue comic book series of the same name created by writer Grant Morrison and artist Darick Robertson, with Brian Taylor serving as director for a majority of the episodes (seven of the first eleven).
Intertitle taken from the episode "Saint Nick"
by Grant Morrison & Darick Robertson
|Voices of||Patton Oswalt|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||18 (list of episodes)|
|Original release||December 6, 2017 –|
May 29, 2019
The series premiered on Syfy on December 6, 2017, receiving mostly positive reviews. On January 29, 2018, it was announced that Syfy had renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on March 27, 2019. On June 4, 2019, the series was cancelled by Syfy after two seasons.
Disgraced police detective Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni) lives as a social outcast, filling his days with heavy drinking and substance abuse, moonlighting as a hitman to feed his various habits. After sustaining a massive heart attack, Nick comes into contact with a small, blue, winged unicorn named Happy (an animated character voiced by Patton Oswalt) that apparently only he can see. Happy explains he is the imaginary friend of a little girl named Hailey, who has been kidnapped by a deranged man dressed as Santa Claus ("Very Bad Santa"). Happy reveals that Hailey is Nick's estranged daughter, and sought Nick's aid believing him to be the hero cop that Hailey envisioned him to be. Though skeptical at first, Nick reluctantly agrees and the two work to save Hailey.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Christopher Meloni as Nick Sax, a cynical, alcoholic ex-detective turned ex-hitman turned cab driver.
- Ritchie Coster as Francisco "Mr. Blue" Scaramucci, a wealthy crime boss who poses as a legitimate businessman and wine importer.
- Coster also portrays Orcus, the Roman god of death who possesses Scaramucci's body.
- Lili Mirojnick as Meredith "Merry" McCarthy, a resilient homicide detective with a dark past
- Medina Senghore as Amanda Hansen, Nick's ex-wife and Hailey's mother
- Patrick Fischler as Smoothie, one of Mr. Blue's enforcers and a sociopathic killer who specializes in interrogation and torture
- Patton Oswalt as the voice of Happy, an imaginary blue goofy cartoonish winged unicorn
- Christopher Fitzgerald as Louis Sheinberg, a children's entertainer also known as "Sonny Shine", and to Blue as "Mr. Bug" (season 2; recurring season 1)
- Bryce Lorenzo as Hailey Hansen, a young girl who was kidnapped, and sends her imaginary friend Happy to find help (season 2; recurring season 1)
- Joseph D. Reitman as Very Bad Santa, a delusional, drug-addicted psychopath dressed like Santa Claus who kidnaps children (recurring season 1; guest season 2)
- Debi Mazar as Isabella Scaramucci, Blue's sister, star of the reality show Secrets of My Sussex, and mother of the four Scaramucci brothers gunned down by Sax
- Gus Halper as Michelangelo "Disco Mikey" Scaramucci, the youngest of Isabella's sons (season 1).
- Laura Poe as Jessica McCarthy, Merry's elderly widowed mother (season 1).
- Michael Maize as Le Dic, an arms dealer connected to Nick Sax's past.
- Carly Sullivan as Gala Scaramucci, Blue's wife.
- Dante Pereira-Olson as Gerry Scaramucci, Blue's son.
- Ann-Margret as Bebe Debarge, a former actress and Sonny Shine's wife (season 2)
- Big Show as Big Pink, Blue's prison boyfriend (season 2)
- Curtis Armstrong as Dayglo Doug (season 2)
- Laura Darrell as Sister Lee (season 2)
- Joseph Perrino as Pal Scaramucci, one of Isabella Scaramucci's sons (Season 1)
- Jaimie Elizabeth Kelton as the voice of Bo Peep, an imaginary friend and Happy's love interest. (Season 2)
- Antonia Rey as Assunta, Blue and Isabella Scaramucci's spiritual aunt
- Jerry Springer as himself (Episode: "What Smiles are For")
- Billy West as the voice of Raspberry, an imaginary purple three-headed bulldog (Episode: "The Scrapyard of Childish Things")
- "Weird Al" Yankovic as the voice of Smoking Man Baby (Episode: "19 Hours and 13 Minutes")
- Amanda Palmer as leader of the Blue Feather (Episode: "Five Chicken Fingers and a Gun")
- Jeff Goldblum as God (Episode: "Resurrection")
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||8||December 6, 2017||January 31, 2018|
|2||10||March 27, 2019||May 29, 2019|
Season 1 (2017–18)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||1||"Saint Nick"||Brian Taylor||Grant Morrison & Brian Taylor||December 6, 2017||1.10|
|Former cop turned hitman Nick Sax stumbles across the Scaramucci family secret during a hit which puts his life in danger. Hailey is kidnapped by Very Bad Santa, bringing to life her imaginary friend "Happy", who then seeks out Sax for his help saving Hailey. After a bloody escape from Smoothie and his men at the hospital, Sax learns from Happy that Hailey is his daughter.|
|2||2||"What Smiles Are For"||Brian Taylor||Patrick Macmanus||December 13, 2017||0.61|
|Aware that McCarthy had helped Sax to escape, Blue instructs her to bring Sax to him, and reveals that he will have Smoothie kill her mother should she refuse. McCarthy demands to be free from his control in exchange. Sax is drawn into a game of cards by an ex-associate, Le Dic, after asking him for some guns and money. With his luck down, Sax uses Happy to cheat by looking at their cards to win. After contemplating his situation, Sax decides to partner with Happy to save Hailey.|
|3||3||"When Christmas Was Christmas"||Brian Taylor||Brian Taylor||December 20, 2017||0.62|
|Sax and Happy begin their search for Hailey, which takes them to a strip club in search of a disheveled looking Santa. In the past, Sax and McCarthy are revealed to be having an affair while Sax's wife Amanda is pregnant with Hailey. The pair both investigate a man who murdered his wife and young baby, which causes Sax to violently beat the man while McCarthy watches. McCarthy and Amanda work together to search for Hailey and speak with a couple who claim their daughter had been kidnapped. Amanda learns that the couple had hidden their daughter in the attic for what McCarthy believes to be media attention. Outside the club, Sax is attacked by Very Bad Santa, who reveals that he can see Happy.|
|4||4||"Year of the Horse"||Wayne Yip||Noelle Valdivia||December 27, 2017||0.64|
|After Very Bad Santa tries to eat Happy, he vomits up the fortune to a fortune cookie. Sax traces the fortune first to the company that produced it, and then to the restaurant in Chinatown that sells it, tracking down who delivers to Very Bad Santa while avoiding Triad assassins. Blue's sister Isabella, while filming a reality show, sees the bodies of her sons at the city morgue, and discovers that the body of the youngest, Mikey, is missing. Meeting McCarthy at the warehouse where Very Bad Santa kept the imprisoned children, Sax and Happy find they have arrived moments too late, as Blue, at the behest of the mysterious "Mr. Bug", has had Very Bad Santa take Hailey and the other children to another location.|
|5||5||"White Sauce? Hot Sauce?"||Wayne Yip||Peter Macmanus||January 10, 2018||0.62|
|Hailey and the other children arrive at a new prison made up like a classroom, with Smoothie as the "teacher". McCarthy is investigated by Internal Affairs officers working for Blue for not bringing in Sax for the Scaramucci killings. Urged by Happy, Sax meets Amanda for the first time in ten years, but the house is attacked by masked men, whom Sax brutally kills. Sax blames Happy for the disastrous reunion and makes a point about human nature by attempting suicide on the subway tracks; Happy leaves, but Sax is rescued by the people waiting on the platform. Looking for Happy and hearing a taco truck vendor singing "Blue Christmas", Sax recalls that he had met Very Bad Santa before while working for Blue, and suddenly an undead and naked Mikey Scaramucci sits next to him and begins masturbating.|
|6||6||"The Scrapyard of Childish Things"||David Petrarca||Ken Kristensen||January 17, 2018||0.62|
|Happy meets a three-headed dog named Raspberry, who introduces him to his friend—Blue's son Gerry, who tortures and kills imaginary friends. Sax leaves Mikey at a church while he confronts Blue, demanding Hailey's release in exchange for Mikey. However, Mikey terrifies the priest in the confessional after speaking Latin in a demonic voice, which allows him to escape to his mother's house. Sax is captured attempting to bluff Blue with a bomb; as he is about to be executed, Sax professes that he believes in Happy, giving Happy enough strength to kill Raspberry and chase Gerry into the garage. The distraction allows Sax to kill Blue's men, and he and Happy escape. At her apartment, McCarthy learns from her mother Jessica that a group of men had threatened them on the day that McCarthy's father was killed, and that Blue was one of them; Jessica then commits suicide in the kitchen to remove Blue's leverage over McCarthy.|
|7||7||"Destroyer of Worlds"||Brian Taylor||Matthew White||January 24, 2018||0.52|
|Amanda questions children's entertainer Sonny Shine about the kidnappings of Hailey and the other children at his "Wish-tacular" events, and soon realizes that Sonny, who is revealed to be "Mr. Bug", is behind them. Smoothie has the children packaged like dolls and loaded in a truck. After Mikey escapes from her house, Isabella discovers that Blue put out the hit on her sons, and works with Assunta Bianchi, her spiritualist aunt, to stop him. Assunta also says that Mikey does not have a password, but an Orcus demon, and that if Blue gets it, "all is lost". Sax, Happy, and McCarthy, tipped off by Amanda, infiltrate a Sonny Shine set to find Hailey. Smoothie subdues Sax and—revealing himself to lack genitalia, the origin of his nickname—ball-gags and sexually assaults him with a strap-on before he is shot by McCarthy. Sax catches up to the truck, finding all of the children safe—except for Hailey, with only Very Bad Santa's glove in Hailey's "packaging".|
|8||8||"I Am the Future"||Brian Taylor||Brian Taylor & Grant Morrison||January 31, 2018||0.54|
|McCarthy confronts Sonny Shine at his "Wish-tacular" event, demanding to know where Amanda is; she later finds Amanda being thrown out of Shine Tower. Sax and Happy make their way to Very Bad Santa's hideout, finding all of the children he has kidnapped over the years, physically grown up but lobotomized with a power drill to remain "children" forever. As he is about to do the same to Hailey, she escapes. Sax sends Happy to find Hailey, who flees to the roof. Sax pursues and fights Very Bad Santa. As Sax is about to lose due to yet another inconveniently timed heart attack, Happy and other imaginary friends attack Very Bad Santa. Meanwhile, Hailey finds Sax and gives him his pills; Sax then kills Very Bad Santa. After reuniting Hailey with her mother, Sax collapses and nearly dies from a heart attack, leading to rumor on the street that he is dead. Later, Happy says goodbye to Hailey, and then fades away—and then rejoins Sax. In a post-credits scene, Blue is visited at Rikers Island by Mikey, who exhales the Orcus demon into Blue's ear before collapsing, dead. Blue appears to suffer a seizure as his body contorts and hellish images flood the screen; after it passes, Blue stands upright and removes his glasses and when asked if he is all right, he responds simply, "I'm hungry."|
Season 2 (2019)Edit
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|9||1||"The War on Easter"||Brian Taylor||Grant Morrison & Brian Taylor||March 27, 2019||0.34|
|Several explosive clad nuns run terrified through the city after being tasked by a man in a bunny costume to find a detonation device hidden inside an egg. Nick Sax now works as a cab driver and vows to reform himself, but is reminded when he falters by Happy. Scooter Sterling, a snobby celebrity meant to host a charity Easter hunt, is kidnapped by the man in the bunny costume. Meanwhile in prison Blue learns that Mikey had passed an evil spirit to him and watches as Isabella is murdered in front of him by her aunt Assunta, in order to keep Orcus trapped. Sax's reformation is short lived when he stumbles across an organ harvesting ring while rescuing a friend and kills the men in the room. Sonny reveals his plan to make Easter great again and learns that Smoothie is the man in the bunny costume.|
|10||2||"Tallahassee"||Christopher Meloni||Evan Reilly||April 3, 2019||0.29|
|Sax and Hailey spend the day together and decide to place imaginary bets at the horse races. When Sax learns of Hailey's innate ability to predict winners, he borrows $40 from Hailey to bet on a horse she had chosen. But when the horse is injured during the race, Sax becomes infuriated and upsets Hailey who runs out of the shop and towards a Jewish man nearby. The man calls Sax by name and tells him that he needs to retrieve a kidney for his sick father and bring it to him at a bingo hall. It turns out that the kidney belongs to a live donor and Sax is threatened should he not deliver the kidney. Sax decides to rig an explosive trap in a cooler and returns to the Jewish man and kills him along with his associates for threatening his family. After returning Hailey home to Amanda, Amanda questions Sax as to why Hailey is so upset. In her diary, Hailey finds a pink rabbit's foot left by Smoothie, who made it out of a live rabbit he dipped in a pot of dye.|
|11||3||"Some Girls Need A Lot Of Repenting"||Brian Taylor||Noelle Valdivia||April 10, 2019||0.30|
|Nick is hired via Le Dic for a breaking and entering job to steal video tapes from Sonny Shine's house, where he encounters Shine's sloshed ex-star trophy wife. Nick delivers after dealing with the security guards in a bizarre dance and 'electric' musical number; then finds out that he was hired by Meredith to steal Sonny's kompromat that he uses to blackmail influential people throughout the world. Meanwhile, Hailey breaks down on her first day at a Catholic school where she PTSD breaks a priest's thumb; her mother Amanda, also post-traumatic, almost drowns a young patient at work which gets her fired. In prison, Blue kills the 7 henchmen sent after him by Sonny but has no memory how. Children at Sterling's Easter hunt find him grotesquely skinned within a giant chocolate bunny, disposed there by Smoothie; who later saves Hailey from her classmate bully by crushing her under the gym bleachers. Sonny's tapes appear to be nothing but porn, until Nick finds one about former kids' show host Dayglo Doug wearing obscene Nazi attire.|
|12||4||"Blitzkrieg!!!"||Joseph Kahn||Ken Kristensen||April 17, 2019||0.29|
|While Nick and Merry break Dayglo Doug out of a retirement home of elderly nazis, Smoothie approaches Hailey and apologizes for what he did in the past, beginning to form a bond with her and manipulating her by pointing out the failures of her parents, as Amanda got fired and is in an extramarital relationship with another man. In the meantime Orcus progressively takes more control over Blue's body and uses his demonic powers to violently get the prisoners to side with him. Merry shows her research on Sonny to Doug, explaining how she has collected the strange slime that poured out of one of the "Wishees" (the Teletubbies-inspired mascots in Sonny's show) she shot, claiming it acted alive and that she put it in her fridge inside a jar. Nick mistakingly eats the slime believing it to be jelly, and after ejecting and struggling with the sentient ooze in the bathroom, is sent into a frenzy and runs outside the house.|
|13||5||"19 Hours and 13 Minutes"||Marianna Palka||Ahamdu Garba||April 24, 2019||0.31|
|Nick is severely intoxicated from eating the Wishee's blood and has self-reflective hallucinations, forgetting about Hailey's birthday. Amanda also neglects Hailey and develops a strange addition towards spray whipped cream, which she later links to the orgy Sonny subjected her to with the Wishees. Happy goes to the Catholic school and witnesses Hailey getting a Christmas fruitcake that triggers her PTSD. Happy decides to go away with Bo Peep, a female imaginary friend. In prison, Blue asks his cellmate to kill him to stop Orcus. Merry and Doug make their way inside Sonny's headquarters, where Marry infiltrates disguised as a Wishee while Doug is killed by Sonny when he comes out to confront him for ruining his career. Sonny takes back Doug's tape and places it in a secret room filled with other blackmail tapes, but Merry manages to take the one for Kap Gostynski, the head of the network. Hailey returns to the park where she was kidnapped and meets Smoothie again, who befriends her further by wishing her a happy birthday, when in reality he switched the classmates' birthday cake for Hailey with the fruitcake.|
|14||6||"Pervapalooza"||Marianna Palka||Patrick Macmanus & Ashley Michel Hoban||May 1, 2019||0.29|
|Merry and Nick discover that the Wishees are headless fleshy creatures while Amanda, who came to the building to confront Sonny, is captured and learns that Sonny's orgy made her pregnant. Sonny releases Amanda after giving her a vial of white substance to swallow. Nick takes Hailey to his mother to keep her safe, but Hailey escapes after putting her to sleep with a drugged cocktail and spends time with Smoothie. Meanwhile Happy has a sexual intercourse with Bo Peep. Nick disguises himself to enter Mr. Bug's costumed orgy and shoot him dead, only to bump into Amanda, under the effect of the substance Sonny gave her. Blue's cellmate knocks the guards down after a fight and takes him to the top of the prison, where he throws himself off the building along with Blue to die together.|
|15||7||"Arlo and Marie"||Wayne Yip||Noelle Valdivia||May 8, 2019||0.27|
|Nick manages to escape Mr. Bug's orgy by holding Amanda at gunpoint, and takes her home. Merry visits Assunta in prison and learns that the Wishees are "Lemures", creatures from the underworld that do Orcus' bidding and through history helped the rise to fame and power of many idols (Cleopatra, Lincoln, JFK and Princess Diana among others) only for Orcus to kill them at the peak of their success and feed off the grief of the generation of people that loved them. Sonny Shine is the next idol, and Blue/Orcus visits him at his mansion, having survived the fall, and sends the prisoners he brainwashed to retrieve Amanda. Hailey is fed up with her parents and runs off to Smoothie, who was healed by the Lemures after Merry shot him and serves Orcus. Happy informs Nick about seeing Hailey with Smoothie, prompting him to gear up and go after him.|
|16||8||"A Friend of Death"||Wayne Yip||Brian Taylor||May 15, 2019||0.24|
|Nick and Happy arrive at Smoothie's hideout, only to escape its explosive trap and get arrested by the police. Merry visits Kap Gostynski to tell him to cancel Sonny's Easter Eggstacular show, but he doesn't believe her. Later the snuff tape starring Kap is shown on the news after the heads of the channel cancel Sonny's show, and Kap kills himself on the spot. Meanwhile Smoothie takes Hailey over to his adoptive hispanic mother, and during a stop at a gas station, Hailey overhears two truckers talking about a child that cut and put his own genitals in a jar for a science fair thirty years before, hinting it to be Smoothie, who reveals a troubled childhood with his abusive father and has Hailey witness him killing him, in order to endorse vengeful murder and have her ready to kill Sonny for what he did to her. Merry and Nick fight off a Lemure that attacks them when they arrive at the hospital where Orcus took Amanda, as she begins to give birth.|
|17||9||"Five Chicken Fingers and a Gun"||Brian Taylor||Patrick Macmanus & Ashley Michel Hoban||May 22, 2019||0.25|
|Amanda delivers a mass of Lemure eggs, but she comes to her senses and uses an oxygen tank to burn the eggs and set on fire the Wishees, while Orcus escapes using his powers to force the hospital staff and the other patients to take the shots fired by Nick and Merry. Happy realizes that he has powers similar to Orcus' and has the bystanders make love instead, and Amanda briefly sees him. Orcus sends his prisoners to take over the network and allow Sonny's show to happen, while Nick and Amanda follow Smoothie. Merry learns that Assunta killed herself in prison after Orcus paid her a visit, but is given clues that take her to a pawn shop where she forcefully joins the Blue Feather cult, whose spiritualist members seek to keep ancient gods at bay. Smoothie has Amanda inject Nick with a shot of tranquilizer while Orcus delivers Hailey her dinner and the gun she'll use to kill Sonny. The episode ends with a dedication in the memory of Antonia Rey, the actress who played Assunta.|
|18||10||"Resurrection"||Brian Taylor||Brian Taylor||May 29, 2019||0.29|
|Smoothie takes Nick and Amanda to the theater where the Eggstacular show is held and locks Amanda in a room and places Nick, under the effect of the drug, on a seat to witness Hailey killing Sonny Shine. Happy manages to free Amanda and recover Nick by having him drink imaginary alcohol. Sonny murders an actor he dressed in Smoothie's bunny suit on stage to be seen as the savior of Easter. Nick sacrifices himself by taking the bullet Hailey fires to kill Sonny, but Amanda shoots him dead. Merry takes custody of Hailey following Amanda's arrest, while in the afterlife Nick accepts Orcus' offer to return from the dead and exact his revenge on Smoothie. Happy is saddened by these events and Bo Peep cheating on him, but ends up meeting God, the imaginary friend "of an entire civilization", who sympathizes with Happy and encourages him to take action. Six months later, around Halloween season, Smoothie is confronted by Nick, who decapitates him with his bare hands and places his head among carved pumpkins on the porch as he leaves. Smoothie's head holds his smile in death and his red "bunny eye" sporadically moves.|
The series premiered on Syfy on December 6, 2017. On January 29, 2018, it was announced that Syfy had renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on March 27, 2019. On June 4, 2019, the series was cancelled by Syfy after two seasons.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 79%, with an average rating of 6.2/10 based on 34 reviews. The website's critical consensus states, "Happy! certainly isn't for everyone, but its appealingly oddball concept and strong performances from Chris Meloni and Patton Oswalt make for a gritty, dark comedy with definite—albeit unusual—appeal." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 65 out of 100 based on 21 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
|1||"Saint Nick"||December 6, 2017||0.4||1.10||0.3||0.74||0.7||1.84|
|2||"What Smiles Are For"||December 13, 2017||0.2||0.61||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|3||"When Christmas Was Christmas"||December 20, 2017||0.2||0.62||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|4||"Year of the Horse"||December 27, 2017||0.2||0.64||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|5||"White Sauce? Hot Sauce?"||January 10, 2018||0.2||0.62||0.2||0.64||0.4||1.26|
|6||"The Scrapyard of Childish Things"||January 17, 2018||0.2||0.62||0.2||0.69||0.4||1.30|
|7||"Destroyer of Worlds"||January 24, 2018||0.2||0.52||0.2||0.63||0.4||1.15|
|8||"I Am the Future"||January 31, 2018||0.2||0.54||0.2||0.67||0.4||1.21|
|1||"The War on Easter"||March 27, 2019||0.1||0.34||0.2||0.54||0.3||0.88|
|2||"Tallahassee"||April 3, 2019||0.1||0.29||0.2||0.38||0.3||0.66[a]|
|3||"Some Girls Need A Lot Of Repenting"||April 10, 2019||0.1||0.30||N/A||0.36||N/A||0.66|
|4||"Blitzkrieg!!!"||April 17, 2019||0.1||0.29||0.2||0.41||0.3||0.70|
|5||"19 Hours and 13 Minutes"||April 24, 2019||0.1||0.31||N/A||0.30||N/A||0.61|
|6||"Pervapalooza"||May 1, 2019||0.1||0.29||N/A||0.28||N/A||0.57|
|7||"Arlo and Marie"||May 8, 2019||0.1||0.27||N/A||0.24||N/A||0.51|
|8||"A Friend of Death"||May 15, 2019||0.1||0.24||N/A||0.26||N/A||0.50|
|9||"Five Chicken Fingers and a Gun"||May 22, 2019||0.1||0.25||N/A||0.31||N/A||0.56|
|10||"Resurrection"||May 29, 2019||0.1||0.29||N/A||0.32||N/A||0.61|
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