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

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 Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli / ... (255 episodes, 1974-1984)
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 Marion Cunningham / ... (255 episodes, 1974-1984)
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 Howard Cunningham / ... (255 episodes, 1974-1984)
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 Joanie Cunningham / ... (239 episodes, 1974-1984)
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 Potsie Weber / ... (220 episodes, 1974-1984)
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 Richie Cunningham / ... (170 episodes, 1974-1984)
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 Ralph Malph / ... (168 episodes, 1974-1984)
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 Al Delvecchio / ... (146 episodes, 1974-1984)
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 Chachi Arcola / ... (130 episodes, 1977-1984)
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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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"Rock Around the Clock" and "Mona Lisa" were on the Hit Parade...Uncle Miltie was a household word...people held each other while dancing...the D.A. was a hairstyle...and everybody liked Ike. Those were the days of the 1950's...filled with innocence and the promise of even better days to come. (season 1)

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15 January 1974 (USA)  »

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For its first season and most of its second season, the series was shot in single camera format. The familiar Cunningham living room set made its debut in the 1975-1976 season, and was used for the rest of the series run. It is a rearrangement of the original Cunningham living room used in the first and second seasons. See more »

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Throughout the show's run, in most of the facade scenes, many of the cars seen passing by are clearly from the late '60s and early '70s. See more »

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The Fonz: [Marion has just told off the Fonz and stormed out of the room] I'm gonna hit her.
Howard Cunningham: No, you're not gonna hit my wife.
The Fonz: Then I'll hit you!
Howard Cunningham: You're not gonna hit my son.
The Fonz: Then I'll hit you!
Richie Cunningham: You're not gonna hit my father either.
The Fonz: Well I gotta hit somebody. You know where Potsie is?
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Referenced in 30 Rock: Rosemary's Baby (2007) See more »

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Happy Days
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Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Charles Fox
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A Tale of 4 Sitcoms
15 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once upon a time this show was legendary. The first 2 seasons were fantastic. Basically Fonzie was simply used in few spots and it worked. The mystique was there. It was a show about adolescence in the 50s and had a wonderful character named Chuck. Richies older brother that worked with added plot lines. Than they ditched Chuck for the second phase of HD and you still had a nice show but the mystique of Fonzie was gone. Also the original reason why the show was made was gone. The plots became somewhat sillier but they were acceptable. Bringing in Mork for an episode was silly and may have been the start of the downfall with all due respect for JUMP THE SHARK ep. Mork was not realistic. All of a sudden you had alien existence in a show intended to be realistic viewpoints of growing up adolescents in 1950s Midwest. The show would continue to get sillier with the addition of Chachi. Thus entering the 3rd stage of this show. With an occasional good episode but still a mere shell of its origins. The show at this time was full of itself. More for the marketing of products than anything else. Gary Marshall should be ashamed. Ron Howard left the show for the final stage of this train wreck and has made many wonderful movies as a director. The 4th stage was absolutely horrible. No Richie, but a parade of characters that very few had any affection for. Just sad the way this show was destroyed. I will always cherish the first couple of seasons and tolerate a few more toward the middle of this run. Just a bad way this show went out. The last episode was even so classless as to not show brother CHUCK in the collage ending this show . Thank goodness for earlier seasons coming out on DVD first.


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