Tucker Cawley wrote and directed the Netflix original series “Merry Happy Whatever,” a black comedy drama. The program was created as an anthology series and follows the Quinn family as they celebrate the holidays together. The show depicts the mayhem that occurs whenever a family gets together for the holidays.
Merry Happy Whatever Season 2
Created as a Christmas show, ‘Merry Happy Whatever’ follows the stern and protective Don Quinn as he tends to his Philadelphia family. However, he is quite cautious with strangers. When Don’s youngest daughter Emmy brings home a lover from Los Angeles (a failed musician), Dad enforces the family rule “There’s the Quinn way… and the wrong way.”
The premiere of the first season aired on Thanksgiving Day. Viewers in a celebratory mood gobbled up the program, as predicted. The issue now is whether or if there will be a second season of “Merry Happy Whatever.” We’ll get to the bottom of that question, but first, let’s review the series’ background information.
Merry Happy Whatever Season 2 Renewal Status
There is some disappointing news for viewers of the show. Season 2 of Merry Happy Whatever was canceled by Netflix in April 2020. The streaming giant’s comedies often received mixed reviews, leading to the show’s discontinuation after just one season. Many viewers are dissatisfied with the choice since they felt the program deserved another season. The series can only survive now with the help of the fans. It’s feasible that Netflix or another network may take up the program if viewers keep showing their enthusiasm and asking for a second season.
Why was Merry Happy Whatever season 2 canceled?
There is no official explanation for the cancellation of the Netflix original series, but we may speculate based on the show’s reaction. Upon its first release, Merry Happy Whatever was met with mostly neutral reviews from critics, earning a 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a 60% rating from viewers.
There will always be fans and detractors of Merry Happy Whatever, as with every program; the question is whether or not its termination was based simply on viewership numbers or whether or not it was just another of Netflix’s mystery cancellations. The latter option seems to be correct. Tucker Cawley, the show’s creator, reportedly sent a farewell Instagram photo with a comment that implied it was everything but an easy decision.
Merry Happy Whatever Season 2 Cast and characters
- Dennis Quaid as Don Quinn, the hard and conservative patriarch of the Quinn family and a deputy sheriff in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
- Bridgit Mendler as Emmy Quinn, Don’s youngest daughter who brings her boyfriend home for the holidays
- Brent Morin as Matt, Emmy’s boyfriend who is a struggling musician in Los Angeles, constantly being shadowed by Don
- Ashley Tisdale as Kayla, Don’s closeted middle daughter, who becomes Matt’s friend
- Siobhan Murphy as Patsy, Don’s eldest optimistic and super excited daughter
- Adam Rose as Todd, Don’s Jewish son-in-law and Patsy’s husband, who at all times tries to impress Don unsuccessfully
- Elizabeth Ho as Joy Quinn, Don’s daughter-in-law, and Sean’s wife, who tries to warn Matt that Don will do everything to get him away from Emmy
- Hayes MacArthur as Sean Quinn, Don’s dimwitted son who is recently unemployed
- Garcelle Beauvais as Nancy, a nurse at Morristown Urgent Care and Don’s love interest
- Mason Davis as Sean Jr., Sean’s eldest son who recently became an atheist
- Lucas Jaye as Donny, Sean’s younger son
- Tyler Ritter as Alan, Kayla’s estranged husband is planning to divorce her.
- Chris Myers as Bryan, Nancy’s son who disapproves of the relationship between his mother and Don.
- Dan Castellaneta as Ted Boseman, Don’s friend who is forced into offering Emmy a great new job after Don did not arrest him after committing a crime.
- Paul Dooley as Grandpa Jack, Don’s father-in-law who openly dislikes Don and believes he was never good enough for his daughter.
Merry Happy Whatever Storyline
In ‘Merry Happy Whatever,’ we meet Don Quinn, the patriarch of the family, who is looking forward to spending time with his loved ones during the holiday break. Don strives to bring his fractured family together for a meaningful time despite their expectations, grind, and worry. His youngest daughter Emmy and her fiancé are flying in from Los Angeles.
Don is devoted to his family and couldn’t imagine life without them. Therefore, all that matters to him is spending time with his children, regardless of who decides to crash their “G-rated” party. Here, we have an invader by the name of Matt, who is (unfortunately) a rising musician. And as was to be anticipated, Don smiles and seems pleased on the outside, but he is really seething and sad. One example is when he says that Christmas is his favorite holiday because he is able to “spend it with my loved ones—and Matt.”
‘Happy Merry Whatever’ is a multi-cam comedy with a basic premise. The jokes and ideas are recycled, yet it still manages to elicit a good deal of laughs. And if you’re looking for something to watch with the family during the holidays, this is it.
Merry Happy Whatever Season 2 Plot
The show’s idea was built around the winter holidays. Because of this, there’s not a lot of room for improvement. Another season may be done as a wrap-up after the holidays or focused on a different holiday if they so desired.
Where to watch Merry Happy Whatever?
The first season of Merry Happy Anything can be seen streaming on Netflix right now.