We take a look at the sitcom's alumni, on the eve of 'One Big Happy'
When ABC canceled Happy Endings after three seasons, a small-but-devoted group of the show’s fans mourned its end. But while the show’s cancellation meant the dissolution of that specific group of six, Happy Endings’ actors have been popping up separately on TV ever since—including Elisha Cuthbert, who stars on One Big Happy, premiering on NBC Tuesday night.
Cuthbert is the third Happy Endings alum to headline her own show: Casey Wilson currently stars on NBC sitcom Marry Me, and Eliza Coupe starred in USA’s Benched before it was canceled in January. The men of the cast have also been busy with big roles on other shows, including New Girl and The Mindy Project. But while we can keep wishing Happy Endings will return for a fourth season (and wish, we do), here’s where you can find its stars in the meantime.
Damon Wayans, Jr.
Soon after Happy Endings premiered in April 2011, Wayans starred in Fox’s New Girl pilot as Coach, one of Jess’ three male roommates. He had to leave New Girl to continue working on Happy Endings, but then came back to New Girl after Happy Endings met its end. He became a series regular by season 4 (the current one), but will be leaving again at the end of this season.
Coupe guested on both The Millers and House of Lies before nabbing the lead on Benched, a USA series co-created by Trophy Wife (another beloved, canceled-too-soon comedy) star Michaela Watkins. The legal comedy, which also featured Office vet Oscar Nunez and Better Off Ted star Jay Harrington, was canceled after just one season, despite mostly positive reviews.
Pally’s popped up on IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! a couple times, but his main role since Happy Endings’ conclusion has been playing a brotastic doctor on Fox’s The Mindy Project. He became appearing on the show in the beginning of season 2, but his stint as a series regular expired early this year. Although he’ll continue appearing on Mindy as an occassional guest star, he should be kept busy by a recent two-year deal he signed with ABC.
Cuthbert has stayed mostly under the radar since Happy Endings ended, but is returning to the small screen to star in the Ellen DeGeneres-produced One Big Happy. She plays a lesbian impregnanted by her straight male best friend, who soon marries another woman—therefore turning their apartment into one big (probably not-so-) happy family.
Casey Wilson Wilson’s also appeared on two episodes of Comedy Bang! Bang!—and a bunch of other shows and movies, ranging from How I Met Your Mother to Gone Girl. But her most noteworthy credits include starring on Hulu’s The Hotwives of Orlando and NBC’s Marry Me, two comedies that premiered in 2014. Hotwives has been renewed for a second season, but Marry Me‘s not doing so well ratings-wise and might not make it another season.
Knighton dipped his toes in drama to play a teacher (and Julia Braverman’s love interest) on NBC’s Parenthood for five episodes, and is next starring in Fox’s Weird Loners, a comedy created by The King of Queens‘ co-creator Michael J. Weithorn.
One Big Happy premieres on NBC Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.