If you're like me, you were a big fan of the ABC comedy Happy Endings. Having ended almost two years ago, you may be asking yourself, why the heck is this relevant now? Again, if you're like me, you might have seen that Elisha Cuthbert is starring in a new sitcom on NBC called One Big Happy where she plays Lizzy, a lesbian who is having a child with her male best friend who is newly engaged. As convoluted as that sounds, Happy Endings was pretty complicated when it came out. It was hard keeping track who was related to who, who was in a relationship with who, and who's gay again?
I'm not looking to tackle the inner workings of a defunct sitcom, but now that another Happy Endings alumn is on a sitcom, I want to see who is having the most success post Happy Endings and touch a little bit on their careers before Happy Endings. I'm going to rank them in the order of least successful today down to the most successful.
It shouldn't surprise you that Zachary Knighton has had the least amount of success after Happy Endings. Coming this year on FOX you'll find Knighton in the sitcom Weird Loners. You might have seen Knighton on 5 episodes of Parenthood last year, but since Happy Endings, he has been flying low under the radar.
Cuthbert has also been flying low under the radar since the end of Happy Endings. One Big Happy will be her first return to TV since the ending on Endings, unless you count an appearance as herself at a Winter Classic Hockey game. Prior to Happy Endings, Cuthbert was by far the most successful actor of the ensemble. She appeared in movies like The Girl Next Door, Old School and House of Wax, as well as 79 episodes of 24, as Jack Bauer's daughter Kim. She's fallen the farthest since the end of Happy Endings.
Adam Pally nearly instantly found work on The Mindy Project after leaving Happy Endings. He's had bit parts in movies since Happy Endings and appeared on several variety shows, but being part of the Mindy Project is what keeps him at 4th most successful post Happy Endings. Recently Pally hosted a closed studio version of The Late Late Show assisted by Ben Schwartz
Eliza Coupe (Didn't realize that was a gif, enjoy)
Eliza Coupe kinda just can't win. And I think she's amazing, but her most recent project after Happy Endings, Benched was cancelled after just one season. What sets her apart from the other cast members listed already is that she was the lead in her new sitcom. It revolved around her soley. OK, so it was on the USA Network, but come on, it was funny. ish. Before Happy Endings, Eliza was part of the last two seasons of the wildly popular Scrubs. I hope only the best for the newly jobless Coupe.
Casey Wilson is definitely the gambit of this group. Prior to Happy Endings she spent two seaons on Saturday Night Live, something that outshines most of the other accomplishments of the Happy Endings cast. After Happy Endings, Wilson has been on several variety shows, as well as starring with Ken Marino on NBC's new sitcom Marry Me. Another interesting piece of work since Happy Endings, Wilson starred and wrote the movie Ass Backards with June Diane Raphael.
Damon Wayans Jr
New Girl was more than happy to welcome Damon Wayans Jr back after the end of Happy Endings. Again, Wayans is part of an ensemble cast, with New Girl in its forth season, this helps keep Wayans at the top of this list. Starring in movies like Let's Be Cops and voicing Wasabi in the Academy Award Winning Big Hero Six is also what leads to Damon Wayans Jr having the happiest ending.
As a little bonus, I want to include Adam Pally's turn at the Late Late Show Desk. It was incredibly funny, despsite being incredibly unorthodoxed.