Happyish: Showtime Series' Trailer Has Harsh Words for a Founding Father

Thomas Jefferson, be warned: Thom Payne, the lead character of Showtime’s upcoming Happyish, isn’t buying what you’re selling.

“He wrote that line: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” the curmudgeonly Thom — played by Steve Coogan (Philomena) — narrates in the series’ first official trailer. “F–k you, Thomas Jefferson.”

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The spot introduces Thom as a frustrated old-school ad man who has a hard time dealing with his agency — and his field — being taken over by a social media-obsessed younger generation.

The series originally starred Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Thom role; Coogan accepted the part after Hoffman’s death last year. Kathryn Hahn (Transparent, Parks and Recreation) plays his wife; Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) plays Thom’s boss.

The series premieres on April 26 at 9:30/8:30c. Press PLAY on the video above to get Happyish

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7 Comments
  1. Cc says:

    How interesting. After watching the trailer, I actually can’t see the late (and great) PSH in that role.

    • Dan says:

      Neither can I. I also found that line about the Thom character killing himself a little off-putting. It would be quite eerie if that was something that was in the script when PSH was still involved in the series’ production.

  2. This looks excellent. So excellent. Cannot wait.

  3. James D says:

    This looks really good. I’ve always loved Steve Coogan so I’d watch it anyway but it actually looks to be very funny. Cool can’t wait.

  4. You Know says:

    I love PSH but this probably going work better with Steve. This probably works better with more comedy than drama heavy, especially when it’s about a guy struggling to find happiness, one doesn’t want it to be too depressive.

  5. liame says:

    I’m in. Ellen Barkin? Her facial expressions slay me!

  6. The Watcher says:

    Trailer sold me. I’m in.