Happy Days (1974–1984)
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The Best Man 

1950's racial intolerance is explored from both sides of the aisle after Howard Cunningham is asked to be best man at the wedding of a black, former army buddy.


Jerry Paris


Garry Marshall (created by) (as Garry K. Marshall), Joel Kane


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Episode cast overview:
Ron Howard ... Richie Cunningham
Marion Ross ... Marion Cunningham
Tom Bosley ... Howard Cunningham
Henry Winkler ... Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli
Don Most ... Ralph Malph (as Donny Most) (credit only)
Robert DoQui ... Fred Washington (as Robert Do Qui)
Bill Henderson ... Mr. Davis
Erin Moran ... Joanie Cunningham
Gail Cameron Gail Cameron ... Carol (as Gail Bryant Cameron)
Amzie Strickland Amzie Strickland ... Mrs. Finley
Wonderful Smith Wonderful Smith ... Reverend
Edward Marshall Edward Marshall ... Officer Kincaid


1950's racial intolerance is explored from both sides of the aisle after Howard Cunningham is asked to be best man at the wedding of a black, former army buddy.

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Release Date:

23 April 1974 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The Best Man attempts to attack the subject of racism in 1950s Milwaukee and in the present day. It's about when Howard's friend, an African American man, asks Howard to be the best man at his wedding. It is now ironically considered to be controversial and politically incorrect for it's off color jokes and it's brash, un-pc observations. See more »


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An old army buddy is coming over...
19 September 2009 | by Little-MikeySee all my reviews

Howard has informed his family that his old army buddy is getting married and Howard's invited them to hold the ceremony at the Cunningham household.

What Howard hasn't informed his family was that his old army buddy just happens to be black! And so are the wedding guests, bringing the great racial divide right in the middle of the Cunningham household.

Initially, the family is shocked, then they slowly get over the shock. Next, the neighbors are shocked. But will they get over the shock as easily? Or even at all? After all, this is middle class America, 1950s style! For a TV series that was intended to be a comedy that appealed to the escapist nature in its viewers, HAPPY DAYS took some pretty big risks. This episode is a perfect example.

Yet, this episode is really as hilarious as it is thought provoking, bringing the ugly issue of 1950s style prejudice into the pure nostalgic landscape of the Fabulous Fifties and tackling the ugly specter of bigotry without sacrificing the comedy in this episode.

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