The cast of Happy Endings have landed on their feet-- and landed new television jobs-- since their underappreciated gem of a half-hour comedy was canceled earlier this year. Adam Pally is now playing a doctor on The Mindy Project; Damon Wayans Jr. has reunited with New Girl; Casey Wilson is creating her own television show; and Eliza Coupe has a new TV husband (well ex) in Will Arnett on The Millers. The people who didn't fare so well were the show's fans-- a small but loyal bunch, many of whom would rather rewatch episodes of Happy Endings from over a year ago than some of the new fall shows the season is offering. And now we can because the third and final season of Happy Endings is finally on DVD.
And yes, the third season includes the "lost" season two episode "Kickball 2: The Kickening." Rather than being poised as an extra (because there are no extras on this DVD set), this episode is sandwiched in between the other, linear season three episodes as it aired on ABC. It's a detour from continuity, but diehard fans will be happy to have the complete series, even if slightly out of order.
Happy Endings was a show that made a lot of noise online-- from blogs to GIFs to hashtags-- but not within the industry. It is a shame to see that the same is true with this release. "Happy Endings (2011) Season 3" DVD has arrived without fanfare or celebration in print on demand format, which means you can't even walk into a Target and be super psyched to see it on a shelf. Because it won't be available in stores at all.
Since Happy Endings was never a high rated comedy when it aired on ABC, using a print on demand method to release the season on DVD ensures the studio behind the series (Sony Pictures Television) won't incur a big cost or risk of having a bunch of DVD sitting on shelves and eventually ending up in a bargain bin. Instead, the DVDs won't be burned until someone places an order for one. But this way Happy Endings (us included, and we're press who usually receives press releases alerting us to all new DVD release dates and specs) fans had to have an Amazon alert set to even know the box set was finally available. Way to drive that final nail into the coffin, right?
What a print on demand DVD means ends up meaning for the consumer, though, is that the DVD box set will only be available online and there is a longer process that has to happen from purchase to receiving. Instead of the online retailer just packaging one DVD box set up when you order it, that click of your mouse actually starts the creation process of the DVD, which usually requires a few extra days before the item can even be shipped. Additionally, there are no frills or extras with print on demand DVDs: the packaging is minimal and the discs just contain episodes. We have seen this before with FOX's Raising Hope season two on DVD or even the now-gone New Adventures of Old Christine. The cost for the box set is usually a firm retail cost (Amazon.com has Happy Endings listed at just over $40 for the third season) because they don't have a whole lot of supply to help move with discounts. Of course, if there is absolutely no demand for the item at this price, occasionally it may come down a bit, but many fans are the kind who want the complete series available on discs to watch whenever, wherever and will pay the (full) price to be able to do so. That's what they're counting on here.
If you want to get your copy, you can do so here, now.