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Set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the series revolves around teenager Richie Cunningham and his family: his father, Howard, who owns a hardware store; traditional homemaker and mother, Marion; younger sister Joanie; and high school dropout, biker and suave ladies' man Arthur "Fonzie"/"The Fonz" Fonzarelli, who would eventually become the Cunninghams' upstairs tenant. The earlier episodes revolve around Richie and his friends, Potsie Weber and Ralph Malph, with Fonzie as a secondary character. However, as the series progressed, Fonzie proved to be a favorite with viewers and soon more story lines were written to reflect his growing popularity, and Winkler was eventually credited with top billing in the opening credits alongside Howard as a result. Fonzie befriended Richie and the Cunningham family, and when Richie left the series for military service, Fonzie became the central figure of the show, with Winkler receiving sole top billing in the opening credits. In later seasons, other characters were introduced including Fonzie's young cousin, Charles "Chachi" Arcola, who became a love interest for Joanie Cunningham.
The series' pilot was originally shown as Love and the Television Set, (later retitled Love and the Happy Days for syndication), a one-episode teleplay on the anthology series Love, American Style. Happy Days spawned the hit television shows Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy as well as three failures, Joanie Loves Chachi, Blansky's Beauties (featuring Nancy Walker as Howard's cousin), and Out of the Blue. The show is the basis for the Happy Days musical touring the United States since 2008. The leather jacket worn by Winkler during the series hangs in the Smithsonian Institution
Tuesday at 8:00–8:30 PM on ABC: January 15, 1974 – March 22, 1983 Tuesday at 8:30–9:00 PM on ABC: September 27, 1983 – May 8, 1984 Thursday at 8:30–9:00 PM on ABC: June 28 – July 19, 1984 Thursday at 8:00–8:30 PM on ABC: September 27, 1984
Season One (1974) #16 (21.5 rating) 1 All the Way (15-Jan-1974) 2 The Lemon (22-Jan-1974) 3 Richie's Cup Runneth Over (29-Jan-1974) 4 Guess Who's Coming to Visit (5-Feb-1974) 5 Hardware Jungle (12-Feb-1974) 6 The Deadly Dares (19-Feb-1974) 7 Fonzie Drops In (26-Feb-1974) 8 The Skin Game (5-Mar-1974) 9 Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (12-Mar-1974) 10 Give the Band a Hand (26-Mar-1974) 11 Because She's There (2-Apr-1974) 12 In the Name of Love (9-Apr-1974) 13 Great Expectations (16-Apr-1974) 14 The Best Man (23-Apr-1974) 15 Knock Around the Block (30-Apr-1974) 16 Be the First on Your Block (7-May-1974)
Season Two (1974) Not in Top 30 1 Richie Moves Out (10-Sep-1974) 2 Richie's Car (17-Sep-1974) 3 Who's Sorry Now? (24-Sep-1974) 4 You Go to My Head (1-Oct-1974) 5 ROTC (8-Oct-1974) 6 Haunted (29-Oct-1974) 7 Wish Upon a Star (12-Nov-1974) 8 Not with My Sister, You Don't (19-Nov-1974) 9 Big Money (26-Nov-1974) 10 A Star Is Bored (3-Dec-1974) 11 Guess Who's Coming to Christmas (17-Dec-1974) 12 Open House (7-Jan-1975) 13 Fonzie's Getting Married (14-Jan-1975) 14 The Cunningham Caper (21-Jan-1975) 15 The Not Making of the President (28-Jan-1975) 16 Cruisin' (11-Feb-1975) 17 The Howdy Doody Show (18-Feb-1975) 18 Get a Job (25-Feb-1975) 19 Fonzie Joins the Band (4-Mar-1975) 20 Fish and the Fins (11-Mar-1975) 21 Richie's Flip Side (18-Mar-1975) 22 Kiss Me Sickly (29-Apr-1975) 23 Goin' to Chicago (6-May-1975)
Season Three (1975) #11 (23.9 rating) 1 Fonzie Moves In (9-Sep-1975) 2 The Motorcycle (16-Sep-1975) 3 Fearless Fonzarelli (Part 1) (23-Sep-1975) 4 Fearless Fonzarelli (Part 2) (30-Sep-1975) 5 The Other Richie Cunningham (7-Oct-1975) 6 Richie Fights Back (14-Oct-1975) 7 Jailhouse Rock (21-Oct-1975) 8 Howard's 45th Fiasco (28-Oct-1975) 9 Fonzie the Flatfoot (4-Nov-1975) 10 A Date with Fonzie (11-Nov-1975) 11 Fonzie the Salesman (13-Nov-1975) 12 Three on a Porch (18-Nov-1975) 13 Fonzie's New Friend (25-Nov-1975) 14 They Call It Potsie Love (2-Dec-1975) 15 Tell It to the Marines (16-Dec-1975) 16 Dance Contest (6-Jan-1976) 17 The Happy Days 2nd Anniversary Special (12-Jan-1976) 18 Football Frolics (20-Jan-1976) 19 Fonzie the Superstar (27-Jan-1976) 20 Two Angry Men (3-Feb-1976) 21 Beauty Contest (10-Feb-1976) 22 Bringing Up Spike (17-Feb-1976) 23 A Sight for Sore Eyes (24-Feb-1976) 24 Arnold's Wedding (2-Mar-1976)
Season Four (1976) #1 (31.5 rating) 1 Fonzie Loves Pinky (Part 1) (21-Sep-1976) 2 Fonzie Loves Pinky (Part 2) (21-Sep-1976) 3 Fonzie Loves Pinky (Part 3) (28-Sep-1976) 4 A Mind of His Own (5-Oct-1976) 5 Fonzie the Father (19-Oct-1976) 6 Fonzie's Hero (26-Oct-1976) 7 A Place of His Own (9-Nov-1976) 8 They Shoot Fonzies, Don't They? (16-Nov-1976) 9 The Muckrakers (23-Nov-1976) 10 A.K.A. the Fonz (30-Nov-1976) 11 Richie Branches Out (7-Dec-1976) 12 Fonzie's Old Lady (4-Jan-1977) 13 Time Capsule (11-Jan-1977) 14 The Book of Records (18-Jan-1977) 15 A Shot in the Dark (25-Jan-1977) 16 Marion Rebels (1-Feb-1977) 17 The Third Anniversary Show (4-Feb-1977) 18 Graduation (Part 1) (8-Feb-1977) 19 Graduation (Part 2) (15-Feb-1977) 20 The Physical (22-Feb-1977) 21 Joanie's Weird Boyfriend (1-Mar-1977) 22 Fonz-How, Inc. (8-Mar-1977) 23 Spunky Come Home (15-Mar-1977) 24 The Last of the Big Time Malphs (22-Mar-1977) 25 Fonzie's Baptism (29-Mar-1977)
Season Five (1977) #2 (31.4 rating) 1 Hollywood (Part 1) (13-Sep-1977) 2 Hollywood (Part 2) (13-Sep-1977) 3 Hollywood (Part 3) (20-Sep-1977) 4 Hard Cover (27-Sep-1977) 5 My Cousin, the Cheat (4-Oct-1977) 6 Fonsillectomy (25-Oct-1977) 7 The Apartment (1-Nov-1977) 8 Fonzie and Leather Tuscadero (Part 1) (8-Nov-1977) 9 Fonzie and Leather Tuscadero (Part 2) (15-Nov-1977) 10 My Fair Fonzie (22-Nov-1977) 11 Bye Bye Blackball (29-Nov-1977) 12 Requiem for a Malph (6-Dec-1977) 13 Nose for News (13-Dec-1977) 14 Grandpa's Visit (3-Jan-1978) 15 Potsie Gets Pinned (10-Jan-1978) 16 Joanie's First Kiss (17-Jan-1978) 17 Marion's Misgivings (24-Jan-1978) 18 Richie Almost Dies (31-Jan-1978) 19 Spunkless Spunky (7-Feb-1978) 20 Be My Valentine (14-Feb-1978) 21 Our Gang (21-Feb-1978) 22 My Favorite Orkan (28-Feb-1978) 23 4th Anniversary Special (23-Mar-1978) 24 Do You Want to Dance? (9-May-1978) 25 Second Wind (16-May-1978) 26 Rules to Date By (23-May-1978) 27 Fonzie for the Defense (30-May-1978)
Season Six (1978) #3 (28.6 rating) 1 Westward Ho (Part 1) (12-Sep-1978) 2 Westward Ho (Part 2) (12-Sep-1978) 3 Westward Ho (Part 3) (19-Sep-1978) 4 Fonzie's Blindness (26-Sep-1978) 5 Casanova Cunningham (5-Oct-1978) 6 Kid Stuff (10-Oct-1978) 7 Sweet Sixteen (17-Oct-1978) 8 Fearless Malph (24-Oct-1978) 9 The Evil Eye (31-Oct-1978) 10 The Claw Meets the Fonz (3-Nov-1978) 11 The Fonz Is Allergic to Girls (14-Nov-1978) 12 The First Thanksgiving (21-Nov-1978) 13 The Kissing Bandit (28-Nov-1978) 14 The Magic Show (5-Dec-1978) 15 Richie Gets Framed (12-Dec-1978) 16 Christmas Time (19-Dec-1978) 17 Smokin' Ain't Cool (16-Jan-1979) 18 Ralph Versus Potsie (23-Jan-1979) 19 Stolen Melodies (2-Feb-1979) 20 Married Strangers (6-Feb-1979) 21 Marion, Fairy Godmother (13-Feb-1979) 22 Fonzie's Funeral (Part 1) (20-Feb-1979) 23 Fonzie's Funeral (Part 2) (27-Feb-1979) 24 Mork Returns (6-Mar-1979) 25 The Duel (13-Mar-1979) 26 Chachi's Incredo-Wax (8-May-1979) 27 Potsie Quits School (15-May-1979)
Season Seven (1979) #17 (21.7 rating) 1 Shotgun Wedding (11-Sep-1979) 2 Chachi Sells His Soul (18-Sep-1979) 3 Fonzie Meets Kat (25-Sep-1979) 4 Marion Goes to Jail (2-Oct-1979) 5 Richie's Job (9-Oct-1979) 6 Richie Falls in Love (23-Oct-1979) 7 Fonzie's a Thespian (30-Oct-1979) 8 Burlesque (6-Nov-1979) 9 Joanie Busts Out (13-Nov-1979) 10 King Richard's Big Night (20-Nov-1979) 11 Fonzie Versus the She Devils (27-Nov-1979) 12 The Mechanic (4-Dec-1979) 13 They're Closing Inspiration Point (11-Dec-1979) 14 Here Comes the Bride Again (18-Dec-1979) 15 Ah, Wilderness (8-Jan-1980) 16 Joanie's Dilemma (15-Jan-1980) 17 Hot Stuff (22-Jan-1980) 18 The New Arnold's (29-Jan-1980) 19 The Hucksters (5-Feb-1980) 20 Allison (12-Feb-1980) 21 Fools Rush In (26-Feb-1980) 22 Father & Son (4-Mar-1980) 23 A Potsie Is Born (11-Mar-1980) 24 The Roaring Twenties (25-Mar-1980) 25 Ralph's Family Problem (6-May-1980)
Season Eight (1980) #15 (20.8 rating) 1 No Tell Motel (11-Nov-1980) 2 Live & Learn (18-Nov-1980) 3 Dreams Can Come True (25-Nov-1980) 4 Hello, Roger (2-Dec-1980) 5 Joanie Gets Wheels (9-Dec-1980) 6 White Christmas (16-Dec-1980) 7 And the Winner Is (30-Dec-1980) 8 If You Knew Rosa (6-Jan-1981) 9 The Sixth Sense (13-Jan-1981) 10 It Only Hurts When I Smile (27-Jan-1981) 11 Welcome to My Nightmare (3-Feb-1981) 12 Broadway It's Not (10-Feb-1981) 13 Bride & Gloom (17-Feb-1981) 14 Hello, Mrs. Arcola (24-Feb-1981) 15 Fonzie Gets Shot (3-Mar-1981) 16 Potsie on His Own (17-Mar-1981) 17 Tall Story (7-Apr-1981) 18 Scholarship (14-Apr-1981) 19 R. C. & L. B. Forever (5-May-1981) 20 Howard's Bowling Buddy (12-May-1981) 21 Mother and Child Reunion (19-May-1981) 22 American Musical (26-May-1981)
Season Nine (1981) #18 (20.6 rating) 1 Home Movies (Part 1) (6-Oct-1981) 2 Home Movies (Part 2) (6-Oct-1981) 3 Not with My Mother You Don't (13-Oct-1981) 4 Another Night at Antoine's (27-Oct-1981) 5 Little Baby Cunningham (3-Nov-1981) 6 The Other Guy (10-Nov-1981) 7 Fonzie, the Substitute (17-Nov-1981) 8 Just a Piccalo (24-Nov-1981) 9 No Thank You (1-Dec-1981) 10 Baby, It's Cold Inside (8-Dec-1981) 11 Hello, Tough Guy (15-Dec-1981) 12 To Beanie or Not to Beanie (5-Jan-1982) 13 Southern Crossing (12-Jan-1982) 14 Grandma Nussbaum (19-Jan-1982) 15 Poobah Doo Dah (26-Jan-1982) 16 A Touch of Classical (2-Feb-1982) 17 Hi Yo Fonzie, Away (9-Feb-1982) 18 Great Expectations (16-Feb-1982) 19 Hello, Flip (23-Feb-1982) 20 Chachi's Future (2-Mar-1982) 21 Tell-Tale Tart (16-Mar-1982) 22 Love and Marriage (23-Mar-1982)
Season Ten (1982) #28 (17.4 rating) 1 A Woman Not Under the Influence (28-Sep-1982) 2 Letting Go (12-Oct-1982) 3 Empty Nest (19-Oct-1982) 4 A Night at the Circus (26-Oct-1982) 5 Little Case of Revenge (9-Nov-1982) 6 Who Gives a Hootenanny? (16-Nov-1982) 7 Going Steady (23-Nov-1982) 8 Such a Nice Girl (30-Nov-1982) 9 There's No Business Like No Business (7-Dec-1982) 10 All I Want for Christmas (14-Dec-1982) 11 Since I Don't Have You (28-Dec-1982) 12 Hello, Pfisters (4-Jan-1983) 13 I Drink Therefore I Am (11-Jan-1983) 14 Prisoner of Love (18-Jan-1983) 15 Life Is More Important Than Show Business (25-Jan-1983) 16 Nervous Romance (1-Feb-1983) 17 I'm Not at Liberty (8-Feb-1983) 18 Wild Blue Yonder (15-Feb-1983) 19 May the Best Man Win (22-Feb-1983) 20 Babysitting (1-Mar-1983) 21 Turn Around and You're Home (15-Mar-1983) 22 Affairs of the Heart (22-Mar-1983)
Season Eleven (1983) Not in Top 30 1 Because It's There (27-Sep-1983) 2 The Ballad of Joanie and Chachi (4-Oct-1983) 3 Where the Guys Are (18-Oct-1983) 4 Welcome Home (Part 1) (25-Oct-1983) 5 Welcome Home (Part 2) (1-Nov-1983) 6 Glove Story (8-Nov-1983) 7 Vocational Education (22-Nov-1983) 8 Arthur, Arthur (6-Dec-1983) 9 You Get What You Pay For (13-Dec-1983) 10 Kiss Me, Teach (10-Jan-1984) 11 The People vs. The Fonz (17-Jan-1984) 12 Like Mother, Like Daughter (24-Jan-1984) 13 Social Studies (31-Jan-1984) 14 The Spirit Is Willing (24-Apr-1984) 15 Fonzie Moves Out (1-May-1984) 16 Passages (Part 1) (8-May-1984) 17 Passages (Part 2) (8-May-1984) 18 So How Was Your Weekend? (28-Jun-1984) 19 Low Notes (5-Jul-1984) 20 School Dazed (12-Jul-1984) 21 Good News, Bad News (19-Jul-1984) 22 Fonzie's Spots (24-Sep-1984)
July 30, 1966 (Movie)
For its first three years, Make Room For Daddy garnered decent ratings but failed to make the list of the top 30 programs. Shortly after the third season finished filming, Jean Hagen left the show due to dissatisfaction with her role and frequent clashes with Danny Thomas. Thomas was upset with her for leaving as he felt the show would not last without her, but he decided to push on without Hagen. At the start of the fourth season, the series title was changed to The Danny Thomas Show. Both Thomas and producer Sheldon Leonard were faced with a serious dilemma - how to explain Jean Hagen's absence on the show. To have Danny and Margaret Williams separate and divorce would have been unacceptable to television audiences at that time. So, it was explained that Margaret had died suddenly off-screen. It was a risky move. Up until this time, no character on a situation comedy had died. Danny was now a widower juggling a performing career while raising two children on his own. Danny had Louise and his friends often looking after the children while he was still touring. He decided to move them to a boarding school but later relented and the family moved into a new apartment. During the season, Danny dated a few other women and nearly got engaged to a widowed singer until he found out she didn't like children. By season's end, the ratings had suffered and it was decided that a wife / mother was needed to complete the family unit. In a four-part story arc that began airing in April, 1957, Rusty fell ill with the measles and Danny hired Kathy O'Hara (Marjorie Lord), a young Irish nurse, to look after him. Kathy was a widow with a little girl (played by Lelani Sorenson). Danny and Kathy became fast friends and Danny fell in love with her very quickly as did the kids. In the season finale, Kathy proposed to Danny (as Danny was too nervous to do so himself) and the two became engaged. At this time, ABC canceled the series which proved to be fortunate. In the spring of 1957, I Love Lucy, which had reigned supreme as the top-rated show for almost all of its six-year run on CBS, was ending production. When CBS heard that ABC was canceling The Danny Thomas Show, they picked it up for their fall season line up adding it to the 1957-1958 schedule. The Danny Thomas Show made its debut on the CBS Television Network on Monday, October 7, 1957 at 9:00 P.M inheriting the time slot vacated by I Love Lucy. The fifth season premiere episode "Lose Me In Las Vegas" had Danny and Kathy already married and on their honeymoon. The Williams family moved into a larger, brand new apartment and with the change of network, the producers also changed Kathy's daughter. Lelani Sorenson was dropped from the cast and replaced by Angela Cartwright as Linda. Linda was then adopted by Danny, and the show's ratings dramatically increased. In fact, at the end of its fifth season, The Danny Thomas Show posted its highest rating at that time ranking at #2. During this season, Amanda Randolph was sick and rarely appeared as Louise. The majority of the season, Louise was said to be recovering from the flu and Kathy was seen doing most of the housework.
In the early part of the sixth season, Sherry Jackson left the show and the character of Terry was said to have gone to a girls school in Paris. According to an interview posted on IMDB, Jackson commented on her close friendship with Jean Hagen and why she left the series. She said, "The major perk was Jean Hagen. I adored her. We had a great time. She and I were best buddies; she was my only friend from the "Make Room for Daddy" cast. What made me specifically want to leave the show? I had a five-year contract, Jean had a three-year contract. Jean was thoroughly fed up with the series and made it clear that she didn't want to come back. When she left, I was devastated. I didn't want to continue, either. I wanted to break my contract. They wouldn't let me leave, but gave me less to do; that's why I'm in fewer shows from ages 14–16."
During season seven, the character of Terry was brought back but recast with Penney Parker. Terry was featured in a seven-episode story arc which saw her engaged and eventually married to Pat Hannigan (Pat Harrington, Jr.), a nightclub friend of Danny's. After the wedding, the Hannigans moved to California and Terry was rarely mentioned and she and Pat were never seen in the program again.
In the last two seasons, Danny and Kathy both regularly traveled (Danny Thomas and Marjorie Lord were tired from their roles and decided to reduce them to a degree) and much of the tenth season they were touring Europe (a handful of episodes featured location shot footage from Europe) and Rusty and Linda were looked after by Danny's manager, Charlie Halper (Sid Melton) and his wife, Bunny (Pat Carroll). During the eleventh and final season, Thomas decided to retire from the show and the program ended in spring 1964. At this time, it was still one of the most popular television programs, ranking at #9.
Saturday at 9:30-10:00 pm September 19, 1970—December 11, 1971 Saturday at 8:30-9:00 pm December 18, 1971—March 4, 1972 Saturday at 9:00-9:30 pm September 16, 1972—October 30, 1976 Saturday at 8:00-8:30 pm November 6, 1976—March 19, 1977
1970–71: #22 (20.3) 1971–72: #10 (23.7) 1972–73: #7 (23.6) 1973–74: #9 (23.1) 1974–75: #11 (24.0) 1975–76: #19 (21.9) 1976–77: #39 (N/A)
Dead of Summer (2016)
One of the Best Show in Years, I Can't Wait for New Episodes to Come Back. The Cast are Incredible. The Casting, The Acting & The Writing are Amazing. Perfect Next to Pretty Little Liars, Great Combo. Everybody Should be Watching This. They Should Make More Shows Just Like This on TV. Killing Off the Main Character Almost Every Week is Wonderful. Elizabeth Lail & Amber Coney are Great Newcomers Plus Very Pretty to Look At. You Have to Watch Almost the Whole Season Before You Can Review a Show. I Gave Guilt an Entire Season & I Did Not Like It Plus It Was Also on the FreeForm Channel. But Dead of Summer You Won't Regret Giving it a Chance, It's Worth Your Time, Trust Me. FreeForm Please Keep This Winner of a Show. Thank You.