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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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Cast

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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Taglines:

"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:

Cool 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

John Byner was orginally cast as Mork; when he quit right before taping day. Gary Marshall asked the cast if they knew anyone who might replace him; and Al Malinaro, who had seen a stand-up comedian set in LA earlier in the week; suggested one of the star comedians of that show; Robin Williams. Marshall quickly got in touch with Williams' agent; and the rest is history. Ron Howard in an Emmy TV LEGENDS interview segment said the episode "My Favorite Orkan"; which had a horrible script-(which is part of why Byner probably quit so abruptly, so horrible that ABC questioned Gary Marshall if he really wanted to film such a silly story before shooting); quickly went from one of the worst episodes in Happy Days history during the rehearsal; to one of the best during taping; solely on the basis of William's star-making performance. Williams quickly got his own series right after that; and A-List stardom followed quickly thereafter. See more »

Goofs

In one episode set in 1962, the song "I Get Around" by The Beach Boys is heard playing on the jukebox. That song wasn't released until 1964. See more »

Quotes

The Fonz: [to his class]
The Fonz: Don't you understand, your brain is clay and I gotta *squeeze* it!
[class is startled]
The Fonz: [then calmly] Let me put that another way...
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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 Happy Endings: Boys II Menorah (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days
(theme song)
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Charles Fox
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First 3 seasons were excellent.
16 February 2009 | by ycvfzsSee all my reviews

Happy Days first three seasons rank among the best television made.Very funny,entertaining ,well acted.The show was perfectly cast.Authentic haircuts and fashions,cars etc from the late 1950s when the show took place.A lot of attention always goes to Ron Howard and Henry Wikler,but Donny Most as Ralph was equally good and definitely the funniest character.However when they introduced Scott Baio to the show,around season four it started to slowly decline in quality.Scott Baio was only one reason for the lower quality.A few other reasons,the story lines were not as good or funny.Once the main characters reached college for some reason the show lost some of its spark.A few seasons later Donny Most and Ron Howard left the show,that also contributed to the poorer quality of later episodes.It got to the point where the last 3 or 4 seasons were just ordinary at best but often boring and stupid.The characters even dressed in 1980s fashions and hairstyles when the later seasons took place in the early 1960s.So stick to the early seasons for great entertainment.


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