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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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In the first few episodes with Fonzie, he could only wear his leather jacket if he was on or near his motorcycle. The producers felt it would tone down the hoodlum image since it would appear he was wearing it for safety reasons. See more »

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Throughout the show's run, in most of the facade scenes, many of the cars seen passing by are clearly from the late '60s and early '70s. See more »

Quotes

[Fonzie and Pinky have had a fight and are sitting at the dinner table]
Richie Cunningham: Dad, uh, can you come upstairs with me for a minute?
Howard Cunningham: I haven't finished my dessert yet.
Richie Cunningham: Well, you can finish it upstairs, Dad.
Howard Cunningham: What are you doing?
Richie Cunningham: Well, we have to talk.
Howard Cunningham: Talk about what?
Richie Cunningham: I... I don't know... the birds and bees.
Howard Cunningham: Oh, Richard, we already had that talk.
Richie Cunningham: [refers to the table] Yeah, and you didn't learn much.
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Alternate Versions

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

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Referenced in Laverne & Shirley: The Society Party (1976) See more »

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Happy Days
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Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Charles Fox
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They were indeed!
6 September 2003 | by grendelkhanSee all my reviews

Yes, those were Happy Days, when I watched this show as a child. For quite a while, this was the best show on tv. It outstayed its welcome, but it shined for a time.

The success of the show rests heavily on the performances of Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Tom Bosley, and Marion Ross. Henry Winkler had tremendous charisma and handled his role with great subtlety, until the writing got out of hand. Ron Howard was the rare case of a child actor whose talent matured with his body. Tom Bosley and Marion Ross were outstanding character actors who brought life to Howard and Marion Cunningham. The cast was rounded out by fine supporting players and guest stars.

It was interesting to watch the 50's nostalgia evolve to the point that the time period was no longer mentioned in the show. It seemed that, by the end, it was set in the present. It's interesting to watch the earliest seasons, with episodes revolving around Adlai Stevenson vs. Eisenhower, or Rock 'N' Roll shows; and compare those to shows revolving around Fonzie as a teacher.

It's a shame that memories of Happy Days are tainted by the later years, and that stupid "jumping the shark" phrase. For a time, this show was unbeatable. It created successful spin-offs, like "Laverne and Shirley" and "Mork and Mindy," as well as less successful ones like "Joannie Loves Chachi." It ruled Tuesday nights and was one of the top ten shows for a long part of its existence.

The one question that remains from this show is, "What happened to Chuck?" Maybe he died in Vietnam, with the Beaver. Oh, wait, that was an urban legend. Maybe he was recruited into the CIA.


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