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

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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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Originally, when the show was still broadcasting first-run episodes, producers would air re-runs with the title "Happy Days Again" in the syndication package. See more »

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When Richie becomes involved in politics, he has a 50-star (1960) American flag. 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 Supernatural: Fallen Idols (2009) See more »

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Rock Around the Clock
Written by Max Freedman and James E. Myers
Recorded by Bill Haley and the Comets
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Better in the beginning
12 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

When Happy Days aired, I was in grade school, and like all the kids in my day, I loved "The Fonz" and his "cool" image and what it represented. Of course, ratings are ratings, and the Fonzie became the dominant figure in the show.

Now, as I've watched the reruns on "Nickelodean", I have to admit that the show was of much better quality in its early episodes. It truly was a "family" show with a moral at the end of each episode, without being preachy. It seems that in those early episodes (the first year or year and a half), the show truly did capture the 50's suburban lifestyle.

Once Fonzie became the focus, it does seem now that the show got kind of silly and unbelieveable, and saturated by "Fonzie." Of course, it's not quality of writing that keeps shows alive, unfortunately, and I realize that the show wouldn't have survived as long as it had if it had kept its earlier format. Still, I do greatly enjoy those early episodes when I watch them.


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