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HAPPY ENDINGS: Season 3
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Five stars for the show, one star for the product. Three as an average.
I'm highly upset and disappointed with the decision to release it on DVD-R.
The DVDs we received are scratched and won't play all of the episodes. The DVD menus are super generic and the quality of the video is not as good as seasons 1 or 2. These come on a DVD-R, not a commercial DVD, so the back of the disc is purple. I didn't know this until after I purchased the DVDs (and wrote my first review). There's no other option to get the show on disc, so if you're trying to decide between downloading the episodes or purchasing the discs....download the episodes.
Also, for the hearing impaired, there's no subtitles.
I love that Happy Endings has such a stable relationship between its married couple, Brad and Jane. Too many sitcoms mine comedy from unfunny spiteful rivalries between spouses, and although Jane and Brad have their silly disagreements they always seem stronger for having settled them. Their support for one another and affection is one of the most consistent elements of the show, and again, I absolutely love them for it.
If Dave and Alex's on-again off-again relationship were poorly written, it would be trying. Fortunately, their renewed connection has grown out of believable moments in which they really do seem to be meant for each other, eventually. Anyway, along with Brad they're the sweetest characters on the show and I really can't help but wish them well, no matter how stupid they can be (very stupid).
[Spoilers] I'm a little sad (though not surprised) that Penny's longest relationship to date ended in failure, but the end of her engagement to Pete was dealt with in the same honest and classy manner I've come to expect from this show when it addresses important family matters. (Not from this season, but I really liked how Max's coming out was handled-- in the midst of all his friends acting like complete nutcases, revealing he was gay made him look like the only sensible person in the room.) Unfortunately, Max is typically far from the most sensible person anywhere and if I could have one wish granted for the fourth season it would be that he gets a job and a steady boyfriend, because his character needs to develop a bit or risk becoming unsympathetic IMO.
The humor in Season 3 is as quick and clever as it's ever been, with only the occasional joke I consider somewhat tasteless (the allusion to smallpox blankets; the guy who picks his false arm up in the food fight a la Saving Private Ryan). But whatever, I overlooked the blatant sexism is Scrubs so I can overlook this. Reflecting on the show is only making me view it more fondly, and as a final note I'd like to praise the cast whose obvious natural chemistry is at least half of why this all works so well. Serious TV it ain't, but if you're looking for a sitcom that's high on the wackiness and surprisingly low on raunch, please try Happy Endings and give this show another well-deserved fan.
I was afraid they weren't going to release S3 at all, but I didn't see this wrinkle coming. I want to wait for a price reduction, but it's pretty unlikely to happen, isn't it?
Five stars for the show.
Edited to add that I eventually bought this, waiting patiently for it to be a bit cheaper. (Didn't last, it's back to $40 as of this writing.) And I have to be thankful that it got released at all, DVDR or not. It's not all great though, the episodes are in the messed-up airing order (like season 2 was) which is annoying, but I'm just glad to own all three seasons of my fave sitcom since Community went bust and pre-Goldbergs.