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Happy! (two seasons)

This show had season that ran in 2017 with a Christmas theme and a season that just finished airing with a Easter theme; the Easter one takes place the first Easter after the Christmas. I've watched up to the middle of season two, all in the last week.

The story starts about a girl with an imaginary friend named "Happy". The girl, about ten, gets kidnapped and sends Happy off to find her dad, about whom she knows very little except he was a NYPD detective. The dad, Nick Sax (played by Christopher Meloni) is not quite Sterling Archer, but in no way respectable. Happy finds Nick after he's finished a contract killing of three (young adult) kids from a mob family, and killed a fourth kid who was not part of the contract but happened to be there. In all the excitement Nick managed to get a minor gunshot wound and suffer a heart attack.

Then Happy, a blue flying unicorn (voiced by Patton Oswalt) about the size of a banana finds Nick as he's being transported to a hospital, prime suspect of the killings in the minds of NYPD and with a nasty bunch of mobsters out for him because of kid number 4. Nick can't believe he's not halluncinating the unicorn for a while, no one else in the first episode can see it, but Happy provides some intel on a group of mobsters just before they enter a room and that changes Nicks mind.

Nick spends the rest of the season soaking up as much abuse as Archer does in his show, while also dealing nearly as much damage as Archer would to anyone who tries to get him (and Nick also abuses his liver almost as much as Archer would).

Happy! doesn't have as much fun as early seasons of Archer, but it's a cut above the more recent ones. It suffers from some villians who are nearly one dimensional, except for a weird costume thing. "Blue" Scaramucci (played by Ritchie Coster), who is most upset about kid number 4's death (the kids were his nephews, but it's not because it was family that Blue is upset) is better than the true evil leader and much better than the Evil Santa minion. At times, you can even feel sorry for Blue.

Three out of four mob wives starring in a reality TV show.

Archer at IMDB

Final thought: Smoothie isn't Krieger, but has something like that role.