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Happy Days 

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

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Garry Marshall
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Complete series cast summary:
Henry Winkler ...  Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli / ... 255 episodes, 1974-1984
Marion Ross ...  Marion Cunningham / ... 255 episodes, 1974-1984
Tom Bosley ...  Howard Cunningham / ... 255 episodes, 1974-1984
Erin Moran ...  Joanie Cunningham / ... 239 episodes, 1974-1984
Anson Williams ...  Potsie Weber / ... 220 episodes, 1974-1984
Ron Howard ...  Richie Cunningham / ... 170 episodes, 1974-1984
Don Most ...  Ralph Malph / ... 168 episodes, 1974-1984
Al Molinaro ...  Al Delvecchio / ... 146 episodes, 1974-1984
Scott Baio ...  Chachi Arcola / ... 130 episodes, 1977-1984
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Family | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New Family in Town See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(255 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

It's a common belief that George Lucas' American Graffiti (1973) was the inspiration for this series. In actuality, the pilot for the series (seen on Love, American Style (1969)) aired before Lucas began production on his film. However, the success of that movie caused producer Garry Marshall to reconsider his failed pilot and turn it into a series. See more »

Goofs

In one episode, the Cunninghams are on their way to the movies. When Ralph asks them what they are going to see Joanie tells him they are going to see Psycho. However, the episode is set in 1957, three years before the film premiered. See more »

Quotes

[watching a Chicago Bears football game in 1956]
Ralph Malph: That Bears quarterback is no good. He's washed up. He's 30.
Richie Cunningham: That's ridiculous. George Blanda still has a few more good years left.
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Alternate Versions

In both syndication and daytime network airings, the episodes' tag sequences were often cut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saved by the Bell: Slater's Sister (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days
(theme song)
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Charles Fox
Performed by Pratt and McClain
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First years the best
19 April 2004 | by hillary1See all my reviews

I was in jr high school when this show premiered, and I remember my parents thinking it was too "racy" for a 12 year old (Richie makes out with a babysitter). I managed to convince them otherwise and have always loved this show, at least the early years. After Ron Howard left-the heart and soul of the show, no matter what Henry Winkler might have thought-it never regained form and I stopped watching. Anson Williams can't sing, either, by the way. Great quotables (Sit on it!) and fun storylines, not to mention the birthplace of 2 real TV classics of the 70s-we got our first look at "Laverne & Shirley" and "Mork & Mindy" ("I like that kid, Opie")on HD! I love Happy Days but please catch the pre-Richie departure years to experience it at its' peak.


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