November 23, 2014 at 12:59 pm #338826
A hilarious comedy with crossover appeal having under average ratings and ultimately getting cancelled, filled with genious comedic performances and all of them overlooked by Emmys! at least Arrested Development got some Emmy love.
yes, I’m still bitter.
what went wrong?November 23, 2014 at 1:03 pm #338828
what went wrong?
The bear was hungry. The ratings weren’t good enough.November 23, 2014 at 1:07 pm #338829
ABC didn’t want to promote something that was miles better than their golden goose.November 23, 2014 at 1:20 pm #338830
A lot of people didn’t give it a chance because it recieved awful reviews for the 1st couple episodes.
Give Paul Thomas Anderson an Oscar.November 23, 2014 at 4:23 pm #338831
I really liked this show though I don’t think it is the greatest cancelled show of all time. I only have seen season one but I have been meaning to watch Season 2. Adam Pally and Eliza Coupe were my favoritesNovember 23, 2014 at 4:46 pm #338832
Yes, possibly the way Fox treated Enlistment mid-season 2013/14.
Fox moved it from the fall to the mid-season.
Then Fox moved it to the TV graveyard, Friday night, and pretty much stopped promoting it.
Then Fox switched the shows time to a later time, barely bothering to tell fans or anyone for that matter.
After only a couple of episodes, Fox pulled it off the air entirely and started running re-runs.
Fox then decided to re-air the show, but did so on a new night, Sunday night, without bothering to promote or advertise that fact.
The sad thing is most critics and fans who happened to see the show actually enjoyed it. While it was not the greatest show, Fox easily could have found a nice home for it on Friday nights. Or the show actually would have paired up nicely with Brooklyn 9-9 on Tuesday nights. That combo would have made a lot more sense than Dads and Brooklyn 9-9 ever did. Not to mention Enlisted actually had a nice cast between Geoff Stultz, Chris Lowell, Parker Young, and Keith David.
For the life of me I do not even know why Fox bothered airing Enlisted in the first place if they were going to treat it so shitty the whole time it was on. Fox certainly dropped the ball with this one.November 23, 2014 at 5:02 pm #338833
Yes. Far greater (television) injustices than “Happy Endings” being cancelled. Be glad you got three seasons of it. The way Fox treated “Enlisted” for example was downright appalling.November 24, 2014 at 11:16 am #338834
I’ve recently been rewatching some Happy Endings episodes, and it is definitely unfortunate that it got cancelled. But I feel like ABC isn’t fully responsible. They put it in right after their juggernaut, Modern Family, which made a great night with the middle and suburgatory before it. That’s the only time I can think of when I would go to the same network for two straight hours every single week. But it got weak ratings, and got moved, and got even lower ratings. The audience wasn’t strong enough to carry it to syndication, but there are still three great seasons.
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I will admit to not being a huge HE fan. It pretty much felt like a hyper version of “How I Met Your Mother”, and I never really clicked with the characters. But it was at least an above decent sitcom. And there were some episodes where I felt it met the hype. At the very least it was consistently better than Modern Family. Lack of promo and it simply being difficult for these super quicky type sitcoms to gain an audience is what led to its cancellation.
The treatment of Enlisted was indeed a far greater crime.November 24, 2014 at 11:29 am #338836
My friends and I keep Happy Endings alive by endlessly quoting it. It’s the LEAST we can do to forget the atrocity of its cancellation.
I miss it. Although 4 of the actors are in somewhat comparable roles (Damon Wayans Jr in New Girl; Eliza Coupe in Benched; Adam Pally recurring in The Mindy Project; Casey Wilson in Marry Me) – so I’ll take what I can get.
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