Love, American Style: Season 3, Episode 22

Love and the Happy Days/Love and the Newscasters (25 Feb. 1972)

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An American family of the 1950s gets their first television. The teenage son Ritchie and his friend Potsie assume it can be used as a chick magnet. This was a precursor to the Happy Days series.


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Episode credited cast:
Rex Bickers (segment "Love and the Newscasters")
Chicken Little (segment "Love and the Newscasters")
Nellie Burt ...
Grandma (segment "Love and Happy Days")
Ed Cambridge ...
Mr. Dickerson (segment "Love and Happy Days") (as Edmund Cambridge)
Ric Carrott ...
Uncle Harold (segment "Love and Happy Days")
Ronda Copland ...
Teresa (segment "Love and Happy Days")
Gary Durbin ...
First Boy (segment "Love and the Newscasters")
Mrs. Nestrock (segment "Love and Happy Days")
Todd Gross ...
Second Boy (segment "Love and the Newscasters")
Sheila Jo Guthrie ...
Corrine Delarosa (segment "Love and Happy Days")
Lillian Hayman ...
Gloria (segment "Love and the Newscasters")
Louise Freeman (segment "Love and the Newscasters")


An American family of the 1950s gets their first television. The teenage son Ritchie and his friend Potsie assume it can be used as a chick magnet. This was a precursor to the Happy Days series.

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Comedy | Romance




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Did You Know?


The segment "Love and the Happy Days" was an unsold pilot. The success of American Graffiti (1973) convinced ABC to pick it up as the series Happy Days (1974). See more »


Featured in Happy Days: Who's Sorry Now? (1974) See more »

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One of the first nostalgic looks to the 1950s in post-Vietnam USA
21 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was too young to be a regular viewer of 'Love, American Style' but happened to see the 'Love and Happy Days' episode and told my friends about it a few years later when the television series was popular but no one believed me. IMDb has vindicated my memory! The sketch is entertaining and sets up the characters for the series.

The plot in the sketch is for Richie to have a date with a pretty and shapely young woman in high school. Lucky for Richie, his dad was one of the 'early adopters' of new technologies and was the first on-the-block to buy a television. When the young woman finds out about that she accepts a date with Richie. When she later spurns him and he asks 'Why?' she says that she just want to 'see what television was about', and that she wasn't especially interested in him. It may be in this episode or in the television series where Richie is asked to pin a medal onto the top of a pretty woman's dress. As the pin is to be placed near to her bosom the shy Richie demurs until she gently takes the pin from him and pins herself relieving poor Richie of the anxiety of possibly violating her.

Richie has a younger sister in the sketch but it isn't Erin Moran. Anson Williams's Potsie is there supporting Richie in his trials of life and Ralph Malph makes appearances by climbing a tree and entering the Cunningham home via Richie's bedroom window. The Fonz was not yet part of the cast and I couldn't understand why the fans made a big deal about him when he was not part of the original sketch. The sketch is a good throwback to the 1950s and entrée to the series.

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