If you like Friends but want a more updated version, you should watch Happy Endings:
Happy Endings is a beautiful show that was canceled too soon. But more importantly, it is so much like an updated version of Friends that one of the characters even calls them each by their friends equivalent at one point (while drugged after going to the dentist…obviously).
Your new Monica is Jane Kerkovich-Williams: a bisexual goddess control freak
She is married to Brad, your new Chandler:
Jane’s sister, Alex, literally runs out on her own wedding in the pilot. Also in the fashion world (owns her own shop).
Then there’s Penny, who is the wacky single girl friend (definitely a less dramatic backstory than Phoebe… )
Waiting for new Joey? Look no further than Max, the gay/jewish player.
Thinking, “Hey, I could do without a Ross”? Well, don’t worry. Dave is definitely sometimes a jerk but in no way as creeptastic as Mr. Friendzone Divorce Guy. Also, he’s the chef of the group, you know, some things have to change.
Go, watch, be happy. All episodes are on hulu, last I checked. This is an easy show to plow through and definitely worth it.
There’s something incredibly important about this pic...
It doesn’t matter what happens in the episode. Its existence is enough.
We don’t get to see stuff like this often enough, our fictional heroes living out their Happily Ever Afters after their Happy Ending marriage proposal or wedding. This is so important to have represented.
Younger fans might not understand or be interested, and older fans probably already know this. But for me, it’s a revelation that I’m noticing, perhaps only because I’m about to have my own Happy Beginning before the end of this season.
Happy Endings are not just for the young.
Happy Endings do not end at the wedding, or with having children.
A Happy Ending (when True Love is involved) is about finding someone who looks at you the way Belle looks at Rumple, and who will continue to look at you the way Rumple looks at Belle even after you’re old and gray. Then you go live your lives together.
Mum wasn’t going to come to my wedding. It was hard, but I’d made peace with that. My girlfriend and I would get married without her blessing.
Then, two days before the big day, when we were already in New Zealand, I got a frantic call at 11pm at night. I answered it and it was her, crying and asking if she’d still be welcome. We said yes, of course, and she booked herself last minute flights to get to New Zealand.
When I first saw her outside the registry, all dressed up with her hair done and holding flowers, I burst into tears. She came up to me and touched my face, saying, “You look so happy. Both of you, you look so happy,” and gave us these roses.
They’re more than flowers to me.
They’re given to me by a women to cried and shouted and refused to talk about my sexuality for seven years after I came out to her. It may not seem like much: but she had to walk into that flower store and buy these. She had to choose roses - the symbol of love - for her gay daughter and her gay daughter’s ‘friend’. There’s an admission in that. There’s acceptance in that. These roses say, “I know you love each other,” and she gave them to us at our wedding, which she flew three thousand kilometres to attend.
I sobbed as she placed them in my hand.
Because nothing will ever touch what it feels like to finally, finally know your mother loves you just the way you are.
OKAY BUT imagine a future where team voltron is like coming home and Kieth and lance are going to lances family to stay, hunk is going to his family, pidge and Matt are going to reunite with their mother, and shiro is kinda nervous bc last time he came to earth he got sedated and ignored. So. He asks the holts if he can stay over there and they’re like ‘sure why tf not" and so he and Matt and pidge are about to land when they realize they’re surrounded by earth military and shiro kinda flips shit. But. This ain’t the garrison and these guys welcome shiro and the holts back and brief them and basically they say that they informed the world or whatever and that earth is going to thank them for their service with a gala or some shit
Shiro can’t dance very well
And also needs a date
SO he goes and asks Allura bc she’s a ‘leading lady’, and she’s like “what the fuck is a dance” and so they practice and shit and its really cute and couple-y and at the party they get oohs and aahs bc they’re the literal most pretty people in the universe and Keith and lance dance together and pidge and Matt do a nerdy brother sister dance and they also help hunk wrangle shay in too and coran is studying the human interactions off in the corner like a nerd and then some random dude comes up and asks him to dance and it’s all happily ever after
You know, with “Beauty” the Rumbelle fandom received something audiences rarely do, especially in fairy tales: we got to see what happened after the happily ever after. We were given so much more than an ending–it was a bookend to Skin Deep that was truly a new new beginning, and a promise that really honors the characters of Rumple and Belle and their journey together: Rumbelle’s love is eternal.
How often do we read a book or watch a television show or a movie where we get to experience exactly how our OTP’s life played out? Or see the lessons they’ve learned through their pain and suffering being applied to a long and happy marriage, a union of hearts and souls? For me, it’s never happened before. It’s one more quality that makes Rumbelle such a unique and beautiful story.
And now we have the privilege through stories of our own to fill in all the gaps of the years in between–all the adventures Rumple and Belle and Gideon shared as a family. Knowing they lived a long and happy life together, we can continue, as the fandom always has, to create new beginnings and endings for Rumbelle and new worlds for them to discover.