TV Club: Happyish: “Starring Sigmund Freud, Charles Bukowski And Seven Billion Assholes”

“Starring Sigmund Freud, Charles Bukowski And Seven Billion Assholes” is the best episode of this first season of Happyish for a few reasons. It boasts a more streamlined narrative; the dialogue has a more natural feel to it, less robotic and out of place in the characters’ mouths; lastly, and most importantly, it’s markedly funnier than the three previous episodes combined. For all of its satirical ambitions, Happyish has fell flat on its face when trying to construct actual jokes. There have been cringe worthy and ludicrous moments that Thom–and by extension the audience–rolls his eyes at, but there’s hardly been any substantial punchlines. Through its first three episodes, Happyish took itself way too seriously.

“Starring Sigmund Freud, Charles Bukowski And Seven Billion Assholes” is a much more playful, loose episode. While it basically follows the narrative pattern of the previous episodes–introductory rant and theme …

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