On September 29, 1998, The WB released a new drama titled Happinessfollowing recent high school graduate Felicity Porter (played by keri russell) throughout his college life in New York City, across the country from his home in California. The series, in which she also starred scott speedster, amy jo johnson, tangi miller, scott foley, Greg Grunberg Y amanda foremanit ran for four seasons, following the group through all four years of college.
The show, which ran through May 2002, marked the first television show to JJ Abramssince he co-created the series with matthew reeves.
In 2018, the cast reunited at the ATX TV Festival in Austin, Texas, and Russell revealed that he understands why the show is timeless and still moves fans years later.
“The beauty of the show, as always, this really simple idea that I feel is very relatable. This romantic idea… that a lot of times when you’re young, you have the opportunity to completely change your life,” she said at the time. “Everyone can remember that moment: I wish I had chosen it or taken that opportunity. That was the sweetness, the beauty and the truth of the show. And that is what we have to live through Felicity. She did it, she took a risk. She jumped. That was the strength and core story of the show.”
He also reflected on one of the show’s most memorable scenes: Felicity’s drastic haircut, which happened after Russell texted the creators a picture of her in a boy’s wig, joking that she had cut herself. The hair.
“I was with my friends at a lake and I got this phone call…and [Abrams] He said, ‘Hey, we’ve got your picture, would you really cut your hair?’ And I said ‘I guess’. They said it was the typical story of a college girl: a boy leaves her and the girl cuts her hair and she is wrong. She loved me. It was such a good story,” she said at the panel. “And I think what surprised me the most about the reaction… is that Felicity was never a fashion figure anyway. …She was wearing baggy clothes, so I didn’t think everyone cared so much about my appearance. … It wasn’t the best, but it was so good for the character that it didn’t matter.”
Scroll through the gallery below to see what the cast has been up to since the show ended.