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Could 'Happy Endings' be coming back? Please say yes!

Where were you when the Happy Endings Twitter started tweeting again?

Were you maybe making up a song in your head as to why mac and cheese are best friends? Were you dressing your tiny teacup piglet in tiny sweaters while making scented candles and practicing ventriloquism? Or were you participating in a Chicago-wide, Chicago-themed scavenger hunt?

Wherever you were and whatever you were doing, when you heard about the tweet, it was like time stopped. Magic was real again. Could this be the Happy Endings glimmer of hope we’ve been waiting for all along?

If you need a quick refresher on the life and death of Happy Endings, its story doesn’t in fact have a happy ending. The show premiered to high praise and low viewership, but those who watched it loved it with a fiery passion. In the end, the show was simply too good for this world, and the Powers That Be decided that we didn’t deserve a TV show so brilliantly written. Happy Endings needed to be taken away from us. After three seasons, the show was no more. Back in 2013, It couldn’t find a second life on cable, either. Just goes to show you that we can’t win them all.

Its actors—Eliza Coupe, Elisha Cuthbert, Zachary Knighton, Adam Pally, Damon Wayans Jr., and Casey Wilson—all went on to other projects. The Twitter that the writers of Happy Endings had set up began tweeting about Wilson’s newest TV venture, Marry Me. (In all fairness, Marry Me is run by Happy Endings co-creator and husband to Wilson, David Caspe, so you know, synergy.) Last October, however, the Twitter stopped showing signs of life all together, and all we were left with were happy memories of our favorite show.

Then something amazing happened. Out of the blue—and COMPLETELY randomly—suddenly the Happy Endings Twitter started tweeting again this past weekend. It wasn’t just a, “Hey, checking in on you guys! What’s up?” tweet, either. It was a countdown:

As you can probably imagine, the Internet lost its mind over this rise from the dead. If you’re a die-hard Happy Endings fan, you think about Happy Endings at least once a day. Simply thinking of that time Max went into actual hibernation, and then acted like a bear for the rest of the episode, makes you laugh out loud, even in public spaces. That’s what Happy Endings does to you.

Max is a bear on Happy Endings and it

I can’t sing enough praise for the sheer amount of jokes thrown in, and the way the cast fully committed to every single action, and reaction, that came their way. It also gave us some of the best characters we’ve seen in a long time on television, because they didn’t fit any sort of cookie-cutter TV type. They were real people, in real zany situations, and I found myself longing to be a part of the group’s weekly brunches. I never yearned for bunch with the cast of Friends, or even How I Met Your Mother, and I loved both of those shows as well. But Alex, Jane, Brad, Max, Dave, and the ah-MAZ-ing Penny? You bet. That’s why this Twitter activity is so exciting.

The Happy Endings Twitter has given us a countdown to … something. It appears to be counting down to right around April 1, so yes, we might be getting our hopes up for a giant April Fool’s joke. Or this could be the beginning of something beautiful. If you look at the cold hard facts, half the cast of Happy Endings appears to be free right now. Pally just left The Mindy Project. Wayans announced that he’s leaving New Girl at the end of the season. Coupe had her new show, Benched, canceled. Knighton and Cuthbert currently have shows set to premiere soon, and Wilson is still committed to Marry Me. BUT guess what? Television shows don’t often follow the normal fall-spring season anymore. They premiere in February, and April, and sometimes their entire seasons are dropped online at once. Just because half of the Happy Endings gang is committed to another show doesn’t immediately rule out the band getting back together.

Alex in a pile of puppies on Happy Endings

Along with the countdown, the Twitter has also tweeted out a short video of ketchup, tagged with “Anticipation,” along with the hashtag, “Winter comes twice.” So, once again, this could be leading up to the best second coming of Happy Endings ever …. or a very elaborate and well thought out practical joke, like that one time Alex Keyser Söze-ed everyone. Their latest tweet is just Tom Petty’s “The Waiting.” Happy Endings knows it’s got us wrapped around its little finger and we are dying—cue that anticipation—for what comes next.

Considering the fact that the show was canceled two years ago, and it’s still being talked about today, Happy Endings has staying power. Think of all the other come-and-gone TV shows over the past few years, and are we still hung up on them? No. If the Twitter for Sean Saves the World started tweeting again, we wouldn’t bat an eyelash. But Happy Endings? OMG, cancel all your plans and dedicate your life to figuring out what’s going on here, because that’s what I’m knee-deep into right now. My vision board simply has HAPPY ENDINGS SEASON 4 written on it. That’s all that matters.


So whether the Twitter is just hardcore messing with us, or really letting us in on the biggest television event to happen in years, we’re on board. Please, Happy Endings, steak us home tonight.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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