From a remove, ABC’s “Happy Endings” may sound like your typical “Friends” knock-off with its central ensemble of Chicago pals, but in practice it’s quirkier, sharper and in many ways more charming. Take the character of Max (Adam Pally), who is gay, and, in defiance of a long tradition of TV stereotypes, also a slovenly, sports-loving slacker — something the show has even jokingly congratulated itself on.
In the exclusive clip from the first of tonight’s two new episodes below, “The Ballad of Lon Sarofsky,” the group urges Max to get a job so that he can stop freeloading off of them. Instead, he enters the “Mr. Gay Gay Chicago” pageant, though he has to enlist Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave (Zachary Knighton) as his coaches in acting, well, “gay gay” enough.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar returns to play Max’s ex-roommate Chase in the second episode, “Un-sabotagable,” vowing revenge on Max for having ruined his life, only to decide that Max’s life is un-sabotagably pathetic. “The Ballad of Lon Sarofsky” will air tonight, Friday, April 19 at 8pm, with “Un-sabotagable” at 8:30pm, though keep in mind there’s a chance the episodes will be preempted for news from Boston.