Happy Days (1974–1984)

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The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli / ... (255 episodes, 1974-1984)
 Marion Cunningham / ... (255 episodes, 1974-1984)
 Howard Cunningham / ... (255 episodes, 1974-1984)
 Joanie Cunningham / ... (236 episodes, 1974-1984)
 Potsie Weber / ... (220 episodes, 1974-1984)
 Richie Cunningham / ... (171 episodes, 1974-1984)
 Ralph Malph / ... (168 episodes, 1974-1984)
 Al Delvecchio / ... (146 episodes, 1974-1984)
 Chachi Arcola / ... (130 episodes, 1977-1984)


Richie Cunningham and his friend Potsie face life at Jefferson High in Milwaukee Wisconsin in the 1950s. Lots of changes over time as kids come and go, new series spin off, Richie and pals go to college then the army. Even marriage. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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15 January 1974 (USA)  »

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In one episode the Cunninghams are coming out of a theater playing The Music Man (1962) when Mrs. Cunningham comments that the little boy in the movie looks just like Richie (Ron Howard) when he was little. Mr. Cunningham replies that she's being silly and that the boy in the film looks nothing like Richie. In fact, Howard did indeed play the little boy, Winthrop Paroo, in the film, when he was eight years old. See more »


The changing of the interior of the house after the second season messed up the scheme of the house. From exterior shots the driveway/garage of the Cunningham house was to the right of the front door, while from the interior sets the garage was still to the right of the front door (i.e. it would be on the left as viewed from outside). See more »


[repeated line]
Richie Cunningham: Sit on it!
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Referenced in Friends: The One at the Beach (1997) See more »


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They were indeed!
6 September 2003 | by (Xanadu) – See all my reviews

Yes, those were Happy Days, when I watched this show as a child. For quite a while, this was the best show on tv. It outstayed its welcome, but it shined for a time.

The success of the show rests heavily on the performances of Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Tom Bosley, and Marion Ross. Henry Winkler had tremendous charisma and handled his role with great subtlety, until the writing got out of hand. Ron Howard was the rare case of a child actor whose talent matured with his body. Tom Bosley and Marion Ross were outstanding character actors who brought life to Howard and Marion Cunningham. The cast was rounded out by fine supporting players and guest stars.

It was interesting to watch the 50's nostalgia evolve to the point that the time period was no longer mentioned in the show. It seemed that, by the end, it was set in the present. It's interesting to watch the earliest seasons, with episodes revolving around Adlai Stevenson vs. Eisenhower, or Rock 'N' Roll shows; and compare those to shows revolving around Fonzie as a teacher.

It's a shame that memories of Happy Days are tainted by the later years, and that stupid "jumping the shark" phrase. For a time, this show was unbeatable. It created successful spin-offs, like "Laverne and Shirley" and "Mork and Mindy," as well as less successful ones like "Joannie Loves Chachi." It ruled Tuesday nights and was one of the top ten shows for a long part of its existence.

The one question that remains from this show is, "What happened to Chuck?" Maybe he died in Vietnam, with the Beaver. Oh, wait, that was an urban legend. Maybe he was recruited into the CIA.

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