The romantic adventures of Joanie Cunningham and Chachi Arcola as they pursue music careers in Chicago.
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Complete series cast summary:
 Chachi Arcola (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
 Joanie Cunningham (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
 Al Delvecchio (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Derrel Maury ...
 Mario Mastorelli (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
 Louisa Arcola Delvecchio (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
Winifred Freedman ...
 Annette Mastorelli (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
 Bingo (17 episodes, 1982-1983)
 Uncle Rico Mastorelli (16 episodes, 1982-1983)


This spin-off of Happy Days (1974) follows Chachi Arcola as he moves out and tries to succeed on his own with a rock band and a music career. In between holding down a job and keeping his girlfriend, Joanie Cunningham, happy, he must also deal with the often unwanted, but sometimes needed, advice and interference from his friends, relatives and neighbors. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <>

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Comedy | Romance | Music





Release Date:

23 March 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jenny e Chachi  »

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(17 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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A Chachi in the hand is worth 2 Fonzis in the bush!

Chachi my Chachi - This show was the epitome of 70's closure.

We stepped into the 80's and Joanie and Chachi began to meld into ONE being that was the essence of Chach. I miss them both and recall Joanie and Chachi hosting the 1980 New Year's countdown and at 9 yrs of age, I remembered musing to myself, "Why does Chachi not have his own show!?" It turned out to be prophetic (I guess I had the Spirit of Chachi working inside me as many of us still do) and lo and behold JOANIE LOVES CHACHI. I cried everytime I watched it because I knew it couldn't last. I also took great hope in the realization that the power of Chach would go on and MUST go on and that my sense of loss would be fulfilled by Charles in Charge. Today, I am a thriving Chachi impersonator and travel the "Chachi lookalike" contest circuits in hopes that this show JOANIE LOVES CHACHI would rise up and be resurrected to vindicate my incessant admiration for the beautiful work of art that is "Joanie loves Chachi". I remember the one show where we were blessed by the playful side of Chachi and were allowed to hear his melodic voice. Anyone with a recording of that show is , I'm sure, a millionaire right now simply because it shows a side of our beloved Chachi that is other than his deeply spiritual side and in stark contrast to his internationally powerful political side, in time, others like yourself will one day long for the return of the Chach and that all mankind would join hands in the spirit of Chachi and bring an end to the oppression of violence and war that is SO UNChachi-like and hopefully, we can pool our visualization and visualize a new world leader. It is time to put Chachi in Charge. Or at least have a Joanie loves Chachi reunion show that I might enjoy. Thank you. Stay Chachi and remember, if ever you are in a bind, just ask yourself, "What would Chachi do?" Andrew

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