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Happy Town 

A deputy sheriff is confronted with the unsolved mystery of a half-dozen child kidnappings over the past decade in a small town in Minnesota.
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Series cast summary:
Geoff Stults ...  Tommy Conroy 8 episodes, 2010
Lauren German ...  Henley Boone / ... 8 episodes, 2010
Amy Acker ...  Rachel Conroy 8 episodes, 2010
Robert Wisdom ...  Roger Hobbs 8 episodes, 2010
Sarah Gadon ...  Georgia Bravin 8 episodes, 2010
Jay Paulson ...  Eli 'Root Beer' Rogers 8 episodes, 2010
Ben Schnetzer ...  Andrew Haplin 8 episodes, 2010
Steven Weber ...  John Haplin 8 episodes, 2010
Sam Neill ...  Merritt Grieves 8 episodes, 2010
Frances Conroy ...  Peggy Haplin 7 episodes, 2010
Maxwell McCabe-Lokos ...  Lincoln Stiviletto 7 episodes, 2010
Matt Hopkins Matt Hopkins ...  Womper Stiviletto 7 episodes, 2010
Marcia Bennett ...  Rose Perkins 7 episodes, 2010
Stephen Arbuckle ...  Baby Boy Stiviletto 7 episodes, 2010
Deborah Grover ...  Joanie Jenkins 7 episodes, 2010
Kedar Brown ...  Kelvin Tolliver 7 episodes, 2010
Dan Petronijevic ...  Ronald Stiviletto 7 episodes, 2010
Sophia Ewaniuk Sophia Ewaniuk ...  Emma Conroy 7 episodes, 2010
M.C. Gainey ...  Sheriff Griffin Conroy 6 episodes, 2010
Abraham Benrubi ...  Big Dave Duncan 6 episodes, 2010
Warren Christie ...  Greggy Stiviletto 6 episodes, 2010
Peter Outerbridge ...  Handsome Dan Farmer 6 episodes, 2010
Natalie Brown ...  Carol Haplin 6 episodes, 2010
Joanna Douglas ...  Shell Jenkins / ... 6 episodes, 2010
Anna Ferguson ...  Irene Vaughn 6 episodes, 2010
Diane Gordon Diane Gordon ...  Esther Klapman 6 episodes, 2010
Lynne Griffin ...  Dot Meadows 5 episodes, 2010
Andrew Scorer Andrew Scorer ...  Levon 5 episodes, 2010
Stephen McHattie ...  Carl Bravin 4 episodes, 2010
Brad Borbridge Brad Borbridge ...  Perry Steckler 4 episodes, 2010
Wendy Lyon ...  Donna Friddle 3 episodes, 2010
Greg Bryk ...  Dr. Pete / ... 3 episodes, 2010
Isobel Smith Isobel Smith ...  Doris / ... 3 episodes, 2010
Linda Kash ...  Miranda Kirby 2 episodes, 2010
Brittany Kay Brittany Kay ...  Lani 2 episodes, 2010
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Arlene Mazerolle ...  Sarah Ward 2 episodes, 2010
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Haplin, Minnesota "Happy Town" is approaching five years of peace after being riddled for years by unsolved kidnappings. But, in the wake of this small town's first crime in five years, some dark truths are being revealed about some familiar faces. They say every town has its secrets... that doesn't even begin to describe Happy Town. Written by Anonymous

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Счастливый город See more »

Filming Locations:

Brampton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Space Floor, ABC Studios See more »
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(8 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When filming the "Thawfest" carnival scene for the series pilot, the cast sweltered in their winter coats with the actual temperature hovering above 60 degrees F. The scene location, Montebello Park in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada on April 2, 2009, had been snow-free for almost 2 months. See more »

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Wasted Potential
29 October 2010 | by SpacehamSee all my reviews

HAPPY TOWN had no small amount of potential. The setting was great, the plot was fairly strong, or at least layered enough to create the solid beginning to a mystery, and there were some interesting, well played characters, specifically Same Neill and M.C. Gainey. Oh, and the guy who played Root Beer. Love him.

That's about it. The dialogue in this show is atrocious. I mean really, really bad. Just about everyone speaks in total clichés. Sometimes, in order to sound "mysterious" and "quirky" the writers will give someone a line so cryptic that it's just silly. Example: "Just call me Gazpacho. 'Cause I like my soup cold." Huh? I know the show was cancelled in midstream, but the ending is terrible. Obviously it would be impossible to wrap up multiple seasons worth of loose ends in a single episode, but there was in ton of extraneous garbage in the last episode that could have been spent on something worthwhile. Instead they chose to blindside the audience with a bizarre, unsatisfying ending.

In the end, HAPPY TOWN desperately tries to be unique and original, something in the vein of the excellent TWIN PEAKS, but succeeds only in being derivative and silly.

Still, I watched every episode and was then motivated enough to write a long winded review. So, if you like dark mystery shows with hints of comedy (even when it doesn't totally work), check it out. You'll be no more disappointed than if you just watched TWO AND A HALF MEN instead.


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