• 2.5/5
Whatever indeed.

The only thing about the show that is still stuck with me is that awful, awful laugh track. Let me say this once and for all, laugh tracks are a thing of the past and we need to LET. THEM. GO. What's worse is that even If the exasperating laugh track doesn’t turn out to be a deterrent enough when watching the show, then a very tired script will do the trick.

With a story, production and jokes straight from the 90s, “Merry Happy Whatever” is about the overbearing Quinn family headed by the super hard to impress dad, Don Quinn (Dennis Quaid). His children, their partners and kids have all gotten together in the Quinn house for the holidays; bonding, sharing and helping each other out with their lives.

There is not a lot to look forward to, just the usual confrontations with the controlling dad; cute, sick-with-love couples splitting up and getting back together and happily-ever-after Christmas miracles. The writing is lousy not the cast. There are a quite a few good actors including Brent Morin, Dennis Quaid, Bridgit Mendler, and Ashley Tisdale, and they try salvaging what they could of a boring script.

For a family entertainer, the show lacks any entertainment for most families. Being a story set around the Christmas , the only thing relevant about the show is its holiday spirit, and if that’s something you seek, then go ahead.