Happyland
GenreComedy
Created byBen Epstein
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producers
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production companyStoryline Entertainment
Release
Original networkMTV
Original releaseSeptember 30 (2014-09-30) –
November 18, 2014 (2014-11-18)

Happyland is an American comedy television series created by Ben Epstein. The series aired for one eight-episode season from September 30 through November 18, 2014, on MTV.[1][2] On January 8, 2015, MTV officially cancelled the series.[3][4]

Plot

Happyland follows the reality of the park workers of one of the most popular theme parks in America. The series centers on Lucy, the cynical daughter of the park's Princess Adriana, who, after deciding that she wants to leave the park and experience something real, is swept off her feet by the new park owner's son, Ian, not knowing that Ian is one of her half brothers and the park owner is her real dad.

Cast

Main cast
Recurring cast

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Lee Toland KriegerBen EpsteinSeptember 30, 2014 (2014-09-30)0.42[5]
Lucy is on a quest to get away from the park's manufactured happiness and be part of something real. Elena reveals a secret to Lucy.
2"Price of Admission"Ryan ShirakiJill CargermanOctober 7, 2014 (2014-10-07)0.43[6]
A house party within Dazzle (the Happyland owned town) brings a new flirtation in the form of a college intern and a fight with Harper that leaves Lucy reeling.
3"Never Break Character"Peter LauerBen EpsteinOctober 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)0.35[7]
Lucy and Ian must pass character training together to continue getting paid, and with a looming eviction Lucy is highly motivated. Ian however is not. And Will gets in a fight defending Lucy's honor, leaving Harper jilted.
4"Park Maintenance"Peter LauerJoanna CaloOctober 21, 2014 (2014-10-21)0.27[8]
At an employee only night in Happyland, Lucy is on an emotional rollercoaster after catching Harper with Ian. Though her attempts to repair her "Happyland family" fail, a new crush in Noah might take the pain away.
5"Repeated Infractions"Rebecca AsherPeter WarrenOctober 28, 2014 (2014-10-28)0.40[9]
Lucy and Noah's first night out becomes an unwelcome double date with Harper and Ian. When Lucy goes off to help Harper, she gets arrested. Meanwhile Will helps Theo with an outrageous request.
6"Disorderly Conduct"Rebecca AsherErica HarrellNovember 4, 2014 (2014-11-04)0.37[10]
After learning that Ian got Will his new job at the park, Will and Ian immediately bond. Meanwhile, Lucy plans to go on a trip with Noah to visit his college. However after Will and Ian find out what kinda of guy Noah is, they convince Lucy that she doesn't need to go off with him.
7"Leave of Absence"David KatzenbergJill CargermanNovember 11, 2014 (2014-11-11)0.35[11]
Elena and James started to become romantic once again but when an unexpected guest at a wedding it happens to turn out to being James' wife. Will and Lucy began dating until Theo figures out Lucy's secret and attempts to rid Lucy and Elena of his father.
8"Your Happyland Family"David KatzenbergBen EpsteinNovember 18, 2014 (2014-11-18)0.40[12]
Lucy finds out that Ian might not actually be her brother and doesn't know if she should share the news. When James shows up to Elena and Lucy's place one night, he figures out the truth about Lucy. Later, it is revealed that Theodore had always known that Ian wasn't a real Chandler and Ian is furious. Lucy and Ian's feelings re-emerge and Will and Harper walk in on them making out.

Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an aggregate review score of 56% based on 5 positive and 4 negative critic reviews.[13]

References

  1. ^ "Video: Tuesday's Are Getting a Little Happier When MTV's New Series "Happyland" Premieres on September 30 at 11:00 PM ET/PT". The Futon Critic. September 16, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 18, 2013). "MTV Picks Up Comedy Pilots 'Happyland' & 'Faking It' To Series". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  3. ^ "MTV cancels 'Happyland' after one season". EW.com.
  4. ^ Swift, Andy (2015-01-08). "Happyland Cancelled by MTV". TVLine. Retrieved 2019-09-10.
  5. ^ "Ratings: MTV's "Happyland" Attracts 423K Viewers". Headline Planet. October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Ratings: "Happyland" Viewership Rises in Week Two". Headline Planet. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Ratings: "Happyland" Viewership Falls 19%; "Faking It" Also Down". Headline Planet. 15 October 2014. Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  8. ^ "Ratings: "Happyland" Suffers Another Decline". Headline Planet. 22 October 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  9. ^ "Ratings: "Happyland" Up 50%"". Headline Planet. 29 October 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "Ratings: "Happyland" Viewership Declines By 8%". Headline Planet. 5 November 2014. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  11. ^ "Ratings: "Happyland" Viewership Slides Despite Huge "Faking It" Boost". Headline Planet. 12 November 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  12. ^ "Ratings: "Happyland" Viewership Rises for Season Finale". Headline Planet. 19 November 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014.
  13. ^ "Happyland". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 3, 2022.