‘Happy!’ is a live action-cum-animated black-comedy drama that is adapted from the four-part comic series of the same title, written by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Darick Robertson. It debuted on SyFy on January 29, 2018. The story revolves around a former investigator and cop named Nick Sax, who now leads a life of seclusion and wastes his time drinking, whoring, and doing drugs. He also works as a hitman and during one of his outings, he suffers from a massive heart attack.
During his time at the hospital, Darick meets Happy, a lively, blue-winged, small and animated unicorn, which seemingly, only he can see. Happy tells him that he is actually the imaginary friend of Hailey, a little girl who is abducted by an evil Santa. Happy also informs him that Hailey is his estranged daughter and he should become the heroic officer that she had always wanted him to be. Nick agrees to help Happy rescue Hailey and they both set out on a journey, fraught with enemies, angry mobsters, ex-mistresses, ex-wives, and a sinister villain.
Combining humor and a lot of violence in its story-telling, ‘Happy!’ makes for a gritty, entertaining watch. If you’re looking for shows that explore similar themes and ideas, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Happy!’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Happy!’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Moone Boy (2012-15)
12-year-old Martin Paul Kenny Dalglish Moone has an imaginary friend named Seán Murphy. Moone, who lives in Boyle and is the youngest child of his family, holds a different outlook towards life. His unique perspectives give him the ability to create childish drawings, in which the characters often become alive and dissolve into a world of animation. Moone also comes up with ridiculous schemes, much against the approval of his imaginary buddy. However, Sean is the one who helps him navigate through his life amidst the large, scattered, and chaotic family. Created by Chris O’Dowd, ‘Moone Boy’ is co-written by Nick Vincent Murphy and was developed as a semi-biography, based on O’Dowd’s childhood days.
9. Imaginary Mary (2017)