Almost Happy season 1 review – a story of a man in a sombre limbo Finding significance.

May 1, 2020
Daniel Hart 0
Netflix, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

The Netflix series Almost Happy is worth a vouch; it’s entertaining and conversational with the characters entering several discussions in the small 25-minute-ish episodes.

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3.5

Summary

The Netflix series Almost Happy is worth a vouch; it’s entertaining and conversational with the characters entering several discussions in the small 25-minute-ish episodes.

Netflix series Almost Happy season 1 was released on Netflix on May 1, 2020. This review contains no spoilers.

In the opening episode of Almost Happy the lead character Sebestián, a popular radio host, is trying very hard to leverage Paul McCartney tickets so that he can flirt with the secretary. There’s a certain comedic sadness around it, witnessing a man try to flex on a younger woman, most likely enduring his midlife crisis. In later scenes, we meet his ex-wife and it’s pertinently clear that he still loves her. Sebestián is not happy but he wants to find balance in order to achieve fulfillment. It’s applaudable acting to ensure that message is felt by the audience.

Almost Happy is a homage to those later in life that have found themselves looking for purpose — finding what they believe is a renewed lease of life. Sebestián always seems to be on the edge of a decision or in a fleeting thought of what he should and shouldn’t do. The Netflix comedy series ekes out a character very much beside himself; holding grudges and finding significance in everything.

And with that Sebestián is a tragic character. Amongst the comedy there is an element of truth — he’s a case study that could be befitting to many people in real-life. Netflix’s Almost Happy depends on Sebestián’s social habits, born from divorce to drive the story. The Netflix series is worth a vouch; it’s entertaining and conversational with the characters entering several discussions in the small 25-minute-ish episodes. Watching the character transform and tentatively display his thoughts is a type of comedy that is appreciated.


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