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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1974 (USA) See more »

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Cool See more »

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Runtime:

(255 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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For the first couple seasons Good Times and Happy Days were scheduled at the same time, on Tuesday nights at 8pm EST, so they were in direct competition with each other. Good Times was the champ during the first two years, and Happy Days was slated for cancellation. Then Happy Days was retooled in part to copy some of the strong points of Good Times: Good Times had a flamboyant teen idol ladies man type character at it' s core who used lot of catch phrases ( JJ). So Happy Days decided to copy the same format, pushing Fonzie, its teen idol, into the center of the show, giving him lots of catch phrases to compete with "Dynomite", like "Ayyyy!" and "coolimundo!". The changes worked: Happy Days jumped to number 1 in the ratings, crushing the competition Good Times. See more »

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Jenny Piccalo: I wouldn't miss this for a weekend with the Green Bay Packers as their towel girl!
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In both syndication and daytime network airings, the episodes' tag sequences were often cut. 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 wikkedladiSee 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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