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Happy Days

Happy Days
Format Sitcom
Created by Garry Marshall
Starring Ron Howard
Henry Winkler
Tom Bosley
Marion Ross
Anson Williams
Donny Most (1-7)
Gavan O'Herlihy (1)
Erin Moran (1-9, 11)
Al Molinaro
Scott Baio (4-9, 11)
Cathy Silvers (8-10)
Ted McGinley(8-11)
Ellen Travolta
Roz Kelly
Linda Purl
Pat Morita
Lynda Goodfriend
Billy Warlock (10)
Heather O' Rourke (10)
Crystal Bernard (10).
Opening theme Bill Haley & His Comets (1-2)
Norman Gimble with Charlie Fox (3-10)
Bobby Avron (11)
Ending theme Pratt and McClain (1-2)
Norman Gimble with Charlie Fox (3-10)
Bobby Avron (11)
Composer(s) John Beal, Frank Comstock, James Patrick Dunne, Dan Foliart, Charles Fox, Jack Hayes, Pete King
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 255 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time approx. 0:22 (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run January 15, 1974May 26, 1984
External links
IMDb profile

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Happy Days centers on the life of a middle-class family, the Cunninghams of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The family consists of Howard, a hardware store owner, Marion, his homemaker wife, and the couple's teenage children, Richie (who has an optimistic if somewhat naïve outlook on life), Richie's sweet but feisty younger sister Joanie, and Richie's older brother Chuck (a character who abruptly disappeared during the second season). Most of the early episodes revolve around Richie (often with his best friend Potsie); as the series progressed, more and more stories were written to revolve around ex–New Yorker Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, who was originally portrayed as a local dropout but soon befriended Richie and family, and became a huge hit with viewers. The focus would also occasionally shift to other additional characters, such as Fonzie's cousin Chachi, who became a love interest for Joanie Cunningham. The long-running show also spawned several spinoff shows, many of which were highly successful in their own right, including Laverne & Shirley, Mork and Mindy, and Joanie Loves Chachi. This article is about the socio-economic class from a global vantage point. ... a family of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1997 Family is a Western term used to denote a domestic group of people, or a number of domestic groups linked through descent (demonstrated or stipulated) from a common ancestor, marriage or adoption. ... For other places with the same name, see Milwaukee (disambiguation). ... Hardware stores sell hardware: for instance allen wrenches, gerbil feeders, toilet seats, electric heaters Trash compactors, juice extractor, shower rods and water meters Walkie-talkies, copper wires safety goggles, radial tires BB pellets, rubber mallets, fans and dehumidifiers Picture hangers, paper cutters, waffle irons, window shutters Paint removers, window louvers... Two homemakers. ... Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli (also known as The Fonz or simply Fonzie) is a fictional character played by Henry Winkler in the American sitcom Happy Days (1974–1984). ... Scott Baio as Chachi, on Happy Days Charles Chachi Arcola was a character played by Scott Baio on the sitcom Happy Days, and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi. ... Joanie Cunningham was a character on Happy Days . ... A spin-off in television is a new series which contains either characters or theme elements from an old series. ... Laverne & Shirley was a popular American television situation comedy which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1983. ... Mork & Mindy was a sci-fi-based American sitcom broadcast from 1978 until 1982 on the American Broadcasting Company. ... Joanie Loves Chachi was an American TV spin-off of the popular American sitcom Happy Days that was originally broadcast on ABC from March 23, 1982 to September 13, 1983. ...


The second season episode "The Not Making of the President" revolves around the 1956 presidential election, while the sixth season episode "Christmas Time" ends with a photo dated Christmas 1960. Despite some inconsistencies, it is generally indicated that the events of the series begin in 1955 and, after eleven seasons, end in 1965. The United States presidential election of 1956 saw a popular Dwight D. Eisenhower successfully run for re-election. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Cast

  • Cunningham family
  • Howard (Tom Bosley) - Husband and hardware store owner. Most often seen reading the daily newspaper in his easy chair.
  • Marion (Marion Ross) - Wife and homemaker. The only character to call Fonzie by his real first name, Arthur.
  • Richie (Ron Howard) - Son and high school student. The protagonist for the first six years of the series. The character was written out of the show, leaving to join the United States Army, after Ron Howard decided to leave the show to pursue his desired (and ultimately highly successful) career as a director, rather than an actor, although he returned to make guest appearances as Richie on several occasions. (1974-1980)
  • Joanie (Erin Moran) - Daughter.
  • Chuck (Gavan O'Herlihy, Randolph Roberts) - Elder son written out of series with no explanation.
  • Roger Phillips (Ted McGinley) - Marion's nephew and coach and teacher at Jefferson High. Introduced after Richie left the show (1980-1983)
  • Flip Phillips (Billy Warlock) - Roger's brother. Seen only during 10th season
  • KC (Crystal Bernard) - Howard's niece.
  • Others
  • Arthur "Fonzie" / "the Fonz" Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) - First written in as a minor character, but became a hugely popular breakout character and was made a series regular. The Fonz was a big fan of his “veggies” when he ate dinner at the Cunningham house. Many said this was an attempt by the show’s producers to get kids to eat their vegetables using the Fonz as an advocate.In an episode filmed in the late 1970s, Fonzie obtains a library card and declares, “Reading is cool.”
  • Charles "Chachi" Arcola (Scott Baio) - Fonzie's younger cousin; he eventually married Joanie.
  • Warren "Potsie" Weber (Anson Williams) - Richie's friend.
  • Ralph Malph (Donny Most) - Richie's friend; left with Richie to join the army.
  • Matsumoto "Arnold" Takahashi (Pat Morita) - First owner of the drive-in (1975-1976). Returned after Al Molinaro departed (1982-1983).
  • Al Delvecchio (Al Molinaro) - Drive-in owner/cook (1976-1982). Married Chachi's mother.
  • Marsha Simms (Beatrice Colen) - Carhop in first two seasons.
  • Leather Tuscadero (Suzi Quatro) - Musician. Sister of Pinky Tuscadero.
  • Pinky Tuscadero (Roz Kelly) - Former girlfriend of Fonzie.
  • Jenny Piccolo (Cathy Silvers) - Joanie's best friend (1980-1983). Mentioned often in early episodes, but never appeared in person until the 1980 season. Jenny's father appeared in one episode, played by Silvers' real-life father Phil Silvers.
  • Lori Beth Cunningham (Lynda Goodfriend) - Richie's wife (1977-1982).
  • Louisa Arcola (Ellen Travolta) - Mother of Chachi Arcola. Wife of Al Delvecchio.
  • Melvin Belvin (Scott Bernstein) - nerdy classmate of Joanie and Chachi.
  • Eugene Belvin (Denis Mandel) - twin brother of Melvin Belvin. Also a nerd.
  • Bobby (Harris Kal) - friend of Chachi and Joanie seen in episodes after Richie and Ralph left the show.
  • Ashley Pfister (Linda Purl) - Divorced mother who becomes Fonzie's steady girlfriend (1982-1983).
  • Heather Pfister (Heather O'Rourke) - Ashley Pfister's daughter (1982-1983).

Thomas Edward Bosley (born October 1, 1927) is an American actor. ... Marion Ross (born October 25, 1928) is an American actress. ... Richard Richie Cunningham was played by Ron Howard on the sitcom Happy Days. ... Ron Howard on the set of Ransom Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954, in Duncan, Oklahoma) is an American actor, film director and producer of Dutch, Scottish, English, Irish, German and Cherokee Indian descent. ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Joanie Cunningham was a character on Happy Days . ... Erin Moran (born October 18, 1960) is an American actress, best known for the role of Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days and its spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi. ... Gavan OHerlihy (b. ... Ted Martin McGinley (born May 30, 1958) is an American actor. ... Billy Warlock (born March 26, 1961 in Gardena, California) is an American actor. ... Crystal Bernard Crystal Bernard (born September 30, 1961 in Garland, Texas) is an American actress. ... Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli (also known as The Fonz or simply Fonzie) is a fictional character played by Henry Winkler in the American sitcom Happy Days (1974–1984). ... Dr. Henry Franklin Jameson Frederick Winkler (born October 30, 1945) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, director, producer and author. ... Henry Winkler as Arthur Fonzie Fonzarelli in Happy Days, one of the best-known breakout characters in television. ... Vegetables on a market Vegetable is a nutritional and culinary term denoting any part of a plant that is commonly consumed by humans as food, but is not regarded as a culinary fruit, nut, herb, spice, or grain. ... Scott Baio as Chachi, on Happy Days Charles Chachi Arcola was a character played by Scott Baio on the sitcom Happy Days, and its spin-off Joanie Loves Chachi. ... Scott Vincent James Baio (born September 22, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor, who is perhaps best known for his work on the sitcoms Happy Days and Charles in Charge. ... Warren Potsie Weber was played by Anson Williams on the sitcom Happy Days. ... Anson Williams is an actor and director. ... Ralph Malph was a character on Happy Days played by Don Most. ... Don Most (b. ... Noriyuki Pat Morita (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) was an American actor who is probably best known for playing the roles of Arnold on the TV show Happy Days and Mr. ... The year 1975 in television involved some significant events. ... See also: 1975 in television, other events of 1976, 1977 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1976-77 American network television schedule. ... Al Molinaro was born on June 24, 1919 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Al Delvecchio was played by Al Molinaro on the U.S. sitcom Happy Days. ... Al Molinaro was born on June 24, 1919 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. ... See also: 1975 in television, other events of 1976, 1977 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1976-77 American network television schedule. ... The year 1982 in television involved some significant events. ... A carhop is a waiter or waitress (often) on rollerskates who brings food to people in their cars. ... Suzi Quatro is still a popular performer in 2006. ... Suzi Quatro (born Susan Kay Quatro on June 3, 1950 in Detroit, Michigan) is a singer, bassist, radio personality and actress. ... Pinky Tuscadero was a character on the American television sitcom Happy Days played by Roz Kelly. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Cathy Silvers (b. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1980. ... // February 8 - Minipops premieres on Channel 4 in the UK. Though a ratings success, it is canceled after the first series due to heavy media criticism. ... Phil Silvers (May 11, 1911 – November 1, 1985) was an American entertainer and comedy actor. ... Lynda Goodfriend (born 31 October 1953 in Miami, Florida, USA ) is an actress who is best remembered as Lori Beth Cunningham (nee Allen), Richies girlfriend and later to become his wife on the TV sitcom, Happy Days. ... The year 1977 in television involved some significant events. ... The year 1982 in television involved some significant events. ... Ellen Travolta (born October 6, 1940 in Englewood, New Jersey) is an American actress, the eldest sibling of John Travolta. ... Linda Purl acted alongside with Shaun Cassidy in the famous 1979 TV movie Like Normal People - Sheldon Egbert Linda Purl is an actress and singer, best known for portraying Ben Matlocks daughter Charlene Matlock in the first season of Matlock. ... Heather ORourke (December 27, 1975 – February 1, 1988) was an American child actress, best known for her role in the Poltergeist film trilogy. ...

Cast stats

  • Another television dad, Harold Gould (of Rhoda) was cast as Howard Cunningham in the Love, American Style episode sub-titled "Love and the Happy Days".
  • Donny Most was originally cast to play Potsie Weber. The Ralph Malph character was added to the show after producers decided to cast Anson Williams as Potsie.
  • Marion Ross and Anson Williams are the only castmembers who stayed with the show from its pilot, an episode of Love, American Style, to its conclusion. Not including the pilot, Henry Winkler and Tom Bosley are the only two actors to appear in every episode of the series.

Harold V. Goldstein (best known stage name Harold Gould) (born December 10, 1923) is a five-time Emmy Award-nominated American actor best known for playing Martin Morgenstern in the 1970s sitcom Rhoda, a role he reprised from his earlier recurring role in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. ... Rhoda is an American situation comedy and a television spin-off of The Mary Tyler Moore Show. ... Don Most (b. ... Marion Ross (born October 25, 1928) is an American actress. ... Anson Williams is an actor and director. ... Opening theme of Love American Style Love, American Style was an hour-long television anthology which originally aired between September 1969 and January 1974. ... Dr. Henry Franklin Jameson Frederick Winkler (born October 30, 1945) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, director, producer and author. ... Thomas Edward Bosley (born October 1, 1927) is an American actor. ...

History

Happy Days originated during a time of 1950s nostalgic interest evident in film, television, and music. The show began as an unsold pilot called New Family in Town, with Harold Gould in the role of Howard Cunningham, Marion Ross as Marion, Ron Howard as Richie, Anson Williams as Potsie, Ric Carrott as Charles "Chuck" Cunningham, and Susan Neher as Joanie. While Paramount passed on making it into a weekly series, the pilot was recycled with the title "Love and the Happy Days", for presentation on the television anthology series Love, American Style. In 1972, George Lucas asked to view the pilot to determine if Ron Howard would be suitable to play a teenager in American Graffiti, then in preproduction. Lucas immediately cast Howard in the film, which became one of the top-grossing films of 1973. Show creator Garry Marshall and ABC recast the unsold pilot to turn Happy Days into a series. the first thing that was invented was the automatic DILDO. Education grew explosively because of a very strong demand for high school and college education. ... One may feel nostalgic for the familiar routine of school, conveniently forgetting the painful experiences such as bullying. ... A television pilot is a test episode of an intended television series. ... Harold V. Goldstein (best known stage name Harold Gould) (born December 10, 1923) is a five-time Emmy Award-nominated American actor best known for playing Martin Morgenstern in the 1970s sitcom Rhoda, a role he reprised from his earlier recurring role in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. ... Marion Ross (born October 25, 1928) is an American actress. ... Ronald William Howard (born March 1, 1954 in Duncan, Oklahoma) is an American actor, and an Academy Award winning film director, and producer, known for his roles on sitcoms, movies and television. ... Anson Williams is an actor and director. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... An anthology, literally a garland or collection of flowers, is a collection of literary works, originally of poems. ... Opening theme of Love American Style Love, American Style was an hour-long television anthology which originally aired between September 1969 and January 1974. ... // Events The Marx Brothers Zeppo Marx divorces his second wife, Barbara Blakely. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ... American Graffiti is a 1973 film directed by George Lucas. ... Garry Kent Marshall (born November 13, 1934) is an American actor/director/writer/producer. ...


Production styles

The first two seasons of Happy Days were filmed using a single-camera setup and laugh track. The single-camera setup (aka, single-camera mode of production) is a method of shooting films and television programs. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


One episode of Season 2 ("Fonzie Gets Married") was filmed in front of a studio audience with three cameras as a test run.


From the third season on, the show was a three-camera production in front of a live audience (with the announcement "Happy Days is filmed before a studio audience" at the start of most episodes), giving these later seasons a markedly different style. Pioneered by Desi Arnaz with three cameras, commonly now four, the multicamera setup is used to shoot most studio-produced television programs such as situation comedies, soap operas, news programs, game shows, and talk shows. ...


Sets

The show had two main sets: the Cunningham home, and Arnold's Drive-In. An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ...


In season 1 & 2, the Cunningham house was arranged with the front door on the left and the kitchen on the right, in a sort of triangle. Beginning with season 3, the house was radically rearranged to accommodate multiple cameras and a studio audience. However, the second season episode (mentioned above) in which Fonzie gets engaged was shot on the old set, but with multiple cameras.


The Cunningham's official address is 565 North Clinton Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.[1] The address, although ficticious, suggests that the Cunninghams lived on the city's east side. For other places with the same name, see Milwaukee (disambiguation). ...


The house that served as the exterior of the Cunningham residence is actually located at 565 North Cahuenga Avenue (south of Melrose Avenue) in Los Angeles, just a few blocks from the Paramount lot on Melrose Avenue. It is part of Zillow.com's Famous Homes series and can be seen here.


Leon's Frozen Custard in Milwaukee was the inspiration for the original Arnold's Drive-In. The exterior of Arnold's was a 'dressed' area on the Paramount Studios lot, that has since been demolished, very close to the soundstage that the set of the Diner interior, and all other sets were located. Leons Frozen Custard Leons Frozen Custard is a classic 1950s-style family owned drive-in, specializing in frozen custard, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ...


The set of the diner in the first series was a room with the same vague details of the later set, such as the panelling, and the college pennants. When the show was changed to a studio based taping, the set was redesigned and became the Arnold's that is most remembered. The set was largely opened to show the audience the scenes that took place within it. The Diner entrance was hidden, but allowed an upstage, central entrance for cast members. The barely seen kitchen was also upstage and seen only through a pass through window. The diner had orange booths, downstage center for closeup conversation, as well as camera left. There were two bathroom doors camera right, labelled 'Guys' and 'Dolls'. A Seeburg jukebox was positioned camera right, and a pinball machine was positioned far camera right, (anachronistically a 1973 'Nip It' machine, contrary to the show's '50s setting). Look up Anachronism in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


College pennants adorned the walls including Marquette and Wisconsin, along with a blue and white sign reading 'Jefferson High School'.


Storylines dictated that the set would be destroyed by fire, and so in later seasons, a different Arnold's Drive-in emerged and lasted through the later years of the show. Differing in design, with wood panelling and stained glass, the set was not popular amongst viewers, and was not how Arnold's was remembered.


In 2004, two decades after the first set was destroyed, the Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion requested that the reunion take place in Arnold's. The familiar set was rebuilt by Production Designer James Yarnell. Built from the original ground plan, this was the first time that the Happy Days cast had been in this set since the 1970s.


The "Fonzie Effect"

"Fonzie" displaying his signature thumbs-up gesture.

The early Happy Days episodes centered on Richie and teenage friends Ralph Malph and Warren "Potsie" Weber, dealing with typical adolescent woes in the 1950s and early/mid 1960s Milwaukee. During the first season, the character Arthur "Fonzie"/"The Fonz" Fonzarelli was becoming a fan favorite, though he was originally intended to be a local high school dropout who was only occasionally seen. The Fonz character was given progressively more screen time by the writers, becoming a permanent castmember displayed in the second season opening credits. The Fonz quickly became the show's most popular character, and many episodes came to revolve around him. When the ABC management considered changing the name of the show to "Fonzie's Happy Days", the cast, including Fonzie player Henry Winkler, protested along with producer/creator Garry Marshall, and the show's title remained unchanged. idol This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... idol This is a copyrighted promotional photo with a known source. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... Arthur Herbert Fonzarelli (also known as The Fonz or simply Fonzie) is a fictional character played by Henry Winkler in the American sitcom Happy Days (1974–1984). ... Henry Winkler as Arthur Fonzie Fonzarelli in Happy Days, one of the best-known breakout characters in television. ... Dr. Henry Franklin Jameson Frederick Winkler (born October 30, 1945) is a Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, director, producer and author. ...


"Chuck Cunningham Syndrome"

The first two seasons of the series also featured Chuck, the Cunninghams' eldest child and Richie's older brother. The character was little more than a superfluous one, as he was usually in scenes where he was "on his way to basketball practice." In fact, Chuck was originally a student at Marquette University on a basketball scholarship. Marquette University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic university located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the United States of America. ...


Chuck was written out during the series' second season with no explanation. Chuck was rarely referred to again, and scripts from later seasons suggested the Cunninghams had two, not three children. However, in the fourth-season recap version of the Christmas episode, "Guess Who's Coming To Christmas", Fonzie - recalling his first Christmas with the Cunninghams - tells Al that Chuck was "away at college." The unexplained removal of a character in a TV series has come to be known as "Chuck Cunningham Syndrome". See also Eugene Barkley ("The Big Valley"). // Chuck Cunningham syndrome is a term of criticism applied when a regular character in a television series leaves with no explanation, and is never referred to again despite the characters previous importance either to the show or to the other characters. ...


In a Happy Days reunion show from 2005, the cast mentioned that Chuck had won a scholarship to the "University of Outer Mongolia" to play basketball, as a sort of an inside joke. The year 2005 in television involved some significant events. ...


An officially circulated outtake from the final episode has Mr Cunningham raising a glass to the entire cast and saying "to Happy Days." After taking a sip, he blurts out in mock surprise "Wait, where's Chuck?!"


New characters

Later seasons saw the addition of other characters. Introduced in the second season episode 'Not With My Sister, You Don't', Danny Butch played Fonzie's similar dressed and mannered young cousin Raymond "Spike" Fonzerelli. Although he went on to make several more appearances, the character was felt to never completely catch on, and was reworked into that of Chachi at the start of the fourth season (see below).


At the start of the fourth season, Roz Kelly was brought in as Pinky Tuscadero, Fonzie's long-term girlfriend. Commercials for the subsequent season even began promoting Kelly's new character, but when discord occurred between her and the cast and producers, her character was dropped; the character was briefly mentioned in two subsequent episodes, one where her sister Leather Tuscadero came to town to start anew out of reform school, and when Fonzie was out of town at a demolition derby with Pinky. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...


Bill "Sticks" Downey, played by John-Anthony Bailey, was supposed to be added to the cast as a new member of Richie's band, on drums, and the gang at Arnold's but the character never caught on and only stayed for a few episodes. This article is about the actor. ...


During the first two seasons, a few actresses were brought in as potential long-term girlfriends for Richie. Laurette Spang was Richie's girlfriend Arlene in a couple of first season episodes. Later in the second season Linda Purl was brought in as Richie's girlfriend Gloria. Neither caught on storywise and Richie did not have a steady girlfriend until going to college and meeting Lori-Beth Allan (Lynda Goodfriend), a former classmate from Jefferson High. Linda Purl returned to the Happy Days fold in Season 10 as Fonzie's girlfriend Ashley Pfister (a divorced socialite of the wealthy Milwaukee Pfister family). The Pfisters were often also referenced on Laverne & Shirley as owners of many Milwaukee establishments, ie, Chez Pfister, The Hotel Pfister, Pfister Fong's. Laurette Spang-McCook (born May 16, 1951 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Laurette Michelle Spanglet) is a retired American television actress. ... Linda Purl acted alongside with Shaun Cassidy in the famous 1979 TV movie Like Normal People - Sheldon Egbert Linda Purl is an actress and singer, best known for portraying Ben Matlocks daughter Charlene Matlock in the first season of Matlock. ... Lynda Goodfriend (born 31 October 1953 in Miami, Florida, USA ) is an actress who is best remembered as Lori Beth Cunningham (nee Allen), Richies girlfriend and later to become his wife on the TV sitcom, Happy Days. ... Laverne & Shirley was a popular American television situation comedy which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1983. ...


Season 4

The most major character changes occurred after Season 4 with the addition of Scott Baio as Fonzie's cousin, Chachi Arcola. Originally the character Spike, mentioned as Fonzie's nephew (who's actually his cousin as he made it clear in one episode) was supposed to be the character who became Chachi. Scott Vincent James Baio (born September 22, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actor, who is perhaps best known for his work on the sitcoms Happy Days and Charles in Charge. ...


Al Molinaro was added as Al Delvecchio the new owner of Arnold's after Pat Morita's character of Arnold moved on (after his character got married; Pat Morita left the program to star in a short-lived sitcom of his own, Mr. T. and Tina). Al Molinaro also played Al's twin brother Father Anthony Delvecchio, a Catholic priest. Al eventually married Chachi's mother (played by Ellen Travolta) and Father Delvecchio served in the wedding of Joanie to Chachi in the series finale. Al Molinaro was born on June 24, 1919 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. ... Noriyuki Pat Morita (June 28, 1932 – November 24, 2005) was an American actor who is probably best known for playing the roles of Arnold on the TV show Happy Days and Mr. ... Ellen Travolta (born October 6, 1940 in Englewood, New Jersey) is an American actress, the eldest sibling of John Travolta. ...


Seasons 8 onward

Lynda Goodfriend joined the cast as semi-regular character Lori-Beth Allen, Richie's steady girlfriend, in season 5, and became a permanent member of the cast between Seasons 8 and 10, after Lori-Beth married Richie.


After Ron Howard (Richie) left the series, Ted McGinley joined the cast as Roger Phillips the new Physical Education teacher at Jefferson High and nephew to Howard and Marion. He took over from the departed Richie Cunningham character, acting as counterpoint to Fonzie. Ted Martin McGinley (born May 30, 1958) is an American actor. ...


Billy Warlock joined the cast in season 10 as Roger's brother Flip, along with Crystal Bernard as Howard's and Marion's niece K.C. They were intended as replacements for Erin Moran and Scott Baio (who departed for their own show, Joanie Loves Chachi). Both characters left with the return of Moran and Baio, following the cancellation of Joanie Loves Chachi. Billy Warlock (born March 26, 1961 in Gardena, California) is an American actor. ... Crystal Bernard Crystal Bernard (born September 30, 1961 in Garland, Texas) is an American actress. ... Erin Moran (born October 18, 1960) is an American actress, best known for the role of Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days and its spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi. ...


Guest stars

  • Tom Hanks appeared in an episode as a character seeking revenge on Fonzie for pushing him off a swing when the two of them were in the 3rd grade. The confrontation occurs just as Fonzie was about to be given a community leader award. Years later in 1987, Hanks asked Winkler to direct his comedy Turner and Hooch, but creative differences between the two stars led to Winkler being fired from the job.
  • Milwaukee Braves home-run king Hank Aaron appeared in one episode.
  • Ralph's father was an optometrist, played by Jack Dodson, who also played Howard Sprague on Ron Howard's previous sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show.
  • Lorne Greene made a brief walk-on cameo during the first episode of Season 5, which took place in Hollywood.

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Anachronisms

  • Various pinball machines manufactured in the early 1970s were seen in Arnold's, including a 1972 Bally produced machine called Nip-It. It is possible that the show's producers may have overlooked this, as pinball machines from the 1950s commonly known as "woodrails", have a more wooden look, compared to the machines used in the show.
  • The show, along with its spin off Laverne & Shirley, took progressively more liberties in terms of hair and clothing styles, which began to look more contemporary with the show's 1970s and 1980s production years. Moreover, later episodes became more outlandish in terms of plot and tone.
Fonzie jumps over a shark while on water skis.

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"Jumping the Shark"

Main article: Jumping the shark

The most famous of these plots involved Fonzie performing a water ski jump over a shark in an episode aired on September 20, 1977, during the show's fifth season. In later years, this episode has often been cited as the point where the series had passed its peak of quality and popularity. The phrase jumping the shark was later applied to popular culture phenomena in general. While the Fonz's literal shark jump gave rise to the phrase, some fans consider Happy Days to have had more than one such moment, occurring both before and after the stunt in question. Of particular note are the fire that destroyed the original Arnold's Drive-In and the departure of leading man Ron Howard, both of which happened after the notorious stunt involving the shark. The infamous moment when Fonzie jumps over a shark while on water skis. ... Recreational skiiers typically use two skis — other techniques abound. ... For other uses, see Shark (disambiguation). ... is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1977 in television involved some significant events. ... The infamous moment when Fonzie jumps over a shark while on water skis. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Theme music

Seasons 1 and 2 of the series used a newly recorded version of "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley & His Comets (recorded in the fall of 1973) as the opening theme song. This recording was not commercially released at the time, although the original 1954 recording returned to the American Billboard charts in 1974 as a result of its use on the show. The "Happy Days" recording had its initial commercial release in 2005 by the German label Hydra Records. (When Happy Days entered syndication in 1979, the series was retitled Happy Days Again and used an edited version of the 1954 recording instead of the new version). Rock Around the Clock is a rock n roll song from 1952, written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers (the latter under the pseudonym Jimmy De Knight). Although first recorded by Sonny Dae & the Knights, the more famous version by Bill Haley & His Comets is not, strictly speaking... This article includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... The year 1954 in film involved some significant events. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ...


The show's closing theme song in season 1 & 2 was "Happy Days," written by Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel. According to SAG, this version was performed by Jimmy Haas (lead vocal), Ron Hicklin, Stan Farber, Jerry Whitman and Gary Garrett (backing vocals), plus studio musicians. Category: ... Norman Gimbel is an Oscar- and Grammy-winning American lyricist of pop songs and movie themes. ...


From seasons 3-10, this replaced "Rock Around the Clock" at the beginning of the show. Released as a single in 1976 by Pratt & McClain, "Happy Days" cracked the Top 5. The show itself finished the 1976-77 television season #1, ending the five-year Nielsen reign of All in the Family. See also: 1970s in music. ... Happy Days was a popular American television sitcom that originally aired between 1974 and 1984 on the ABC television network. ... For other uses, see All in the Family (disambiguation). ...


For the show's 11th and final season (1983-84), the theme was redone in a more modern style. Featuring Bobby Arvon on lead vocals, with several back-up vocalists, this version of the theme song is not as popular with Happy Days fans as versions from the 3rd-10th seasons (among which there were several slightly different versions and edits). To accompany this new version, new opening credits were filmed, and the flashing "Happy Days" logo was reanimated.


Production & scheduling

  • Happy Days became one of the first series to have early seasons in syndication while the series itself was still producing new episodes (a common practice with long-running shows today). Until the show went out of production, most syndicated versions carried the title Happy Days Again.
  • CBS programming head Fred Silverman scheduled Good Times directly against Happy Days during their respective second seasons in an attempt to kill the ABC show's growing popularity. However, he was named president of ABC in 1975, and so was given the task of saving Happy Days during its third season (which saw a rapid increase in ratings). This explains Happy Days appearing in the Top 20 for the 1973-74 and 1975-76 seasons, but being completely absent from the Top 30 in 1974-75.
  • Happy Days still remains one of ABC's longest-running sitcoms (11 seasons), and one of the longest-running prime time programs in the network's history. It is also unique in that it remained in the Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. time slot for the series' first ten seasons. The network has not had an entertainment series that has running consistently in the same slot since.
  • Happy Days also proved to be quite popular in daytime reruns; they joined the ABC daytime schedule in 1975, airing reruns at 11:30 a.m. (ET), being moved to 11 a.m. in 1977, paired with Family Feud following at 11:30 a.m. It was replaced on the daytime schedule by reruns of its spin-off, Laverne & Shirley, in April 1979.
  • Happy Days also reruns on Five US in the U.K. between 4pm and 5pm GMT

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DVD releases

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DVD Name Release Date Ep # Additional Information
The First Season August 17, 2004 16
  • No extras included
  • Music alterations exist
The Second Season April 17, 2007 23
  • Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets is replaced with Happy Days (used beginning in Season 3) in the opening credits and end credits.
  • With the exception of four original songs, all other music is replaced with generic music.
The Third Season November 27, 2007 24
The Fourth Season TBA 24
The Fifth Season TBA 26
The Sixth Season TBA 22
The Seventh Season TBA 22
The Eighth Season TBA 22
The Ninth Season TBA 21
The Tenth Season TBA 21
The Final Season TBA 21

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Episodes

Further information: List of Happy Days episodes

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Spinoffs

Laverne, Mork, and Fonzie

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  • The most successful of these spinoffs, Laverne & Shirley (starring Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall), also took place in early/mid 1960s Milwaukee, though the two starring characters eventually moved to Los Angeles in the show’s latter years. Penny Marshall is the sister of producer Garry Marshall.
  • Joanie Loves Chachi was a short-lived show about Richie’s younger sister Joanie and Fonzie’s younger cousin Chachi’s relationship during their years as musicians in Chicago. Two myths arose around the series in recent years. The first involves the show's popularity in Korea, as "Chachi" is slang for “penis”. The other rumor suggests that the show was cancelled due to low ratings. Actually, the program finished in the Top 20 its first season, but ABC determined that the show was losing too much of its lead-in, suggesting low appeal if the show were moved. This type of cancellation seemed strange in the early 1980s, but soon became a commonplace part of TV audience research.
  • Other spin-offs include Blansky's Beauties (1977) and the animated The Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour (1982).[2] The 1979 series Out of the Blue is not a spin-off of Happy Days; Out of the Blue’s first episode premiered around a week before the Happy Days crossover episode aired.

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Legacy

  • Happy Days is one of seven successful sitcoms to carry the tradition of being produced two decades later than the setting of the show. Happy Days takes place in the 1950s but began production in the 1970s, as did M*A*S*H. Others shows include Hogan's Heroes and McHale's Navy, both of which began production in the 1960s but depict the 1940s, The Wonder Years which began production in the 1980s but depicts the 1960s, That '70s Show which began production in the 1990s but depicts the 1970s and Everybody Hates Chris which began production in the 2000s but depicts the 1980s. The short-lived sitcom Do Over was also made in the 2000s and set in the 1980s. The same goes for the also short-lived That '80s Show (2002), by the same producers as That '70s Show, which took place nearly twenty years earlier.

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References

  • In 1993, the band Weezer recorded a music video for their song Buddy Holly, which featured the band playing on the original Arnold’s Drive-In set mixed with footage from the series. The video begins with the band being introduced by Al Molinaro as Al Delvecchio, who announces: “Arnold’s is proud to present Kenosha, Wisconsin’s own Weezer!” The video featured footage from Happy Days episode #42 ("Fearless Fonzarelli" Part 1), #53 ("They Call It Potsie Love") and #70 ("They Shoot Fonzies, Don't They?"), as well as several other episodes. This video was included on the Microsoft Windows 95 installation CD-ROM as a demonstration of the new OS's multimedia capabilities. It also boosted the career of highly-acclaimed Academy-Award nominated director Spike Jonze.
  • In the hit Disney show That's So Raven, a show called Better Days is featured in an episode. This is a reference to Happy Days. On The Suite Life of Zack and Cody several references are made to the show as well. For example in Going for the Gold Arwin says he should have used a Fonzarelli 5000 instead of a Cunningham 360. In another episode, Moseby asks a guest "Mr. Cunningham, how's your son Richie?"
  • The long running animated comedy The Simpsons has also produced numerous offhand references to the series, many of them coming from Homer Simpson. Homer has confused his high school memories with those of Happy Days, severely injured himself attempting to imitate Fonzie’s ability to start a jukebox, and once even had a personal chance to view Fonzie’s jacket (commenting, “He freed the squares!”). Ron Howard and Henry Winkler have guest starred on the series with allusions made to their Happy Days characters.
  • The animated comedy Family Guy makes frequent references to Happy Days, such as when pudgy patriarch Peter Griffin disguises himself as a high school student, then punches a jukebox in the hopes of turning it on to impress the other students. Instead, he shatters the jukebox's glass display case and badly injures himself. Other episodes call Richie Cunningham's sexuality into question and portray the Fonz as the messiah of a religion devoted to Happy Days.
  • In the sitcom Arrested Development, playing the family lawyer Barry, Henry Winkler reprises the opening clip where Fonzie, intending to comb his hair, decides that his hair is fine just as is.
  • In the episode "Trading Spaces" during Season 6 of Reba, originally aired on November 26, 2006, Van Montgomery (played by Steve Howey), while working in the garage office whose completion is a theme of the episode, tells Kyra Hart (played by Scarlett Pomers), in an effort to get her to get out of his office, "Now why don't you go to the malt shop and hang out with Potsie and Ralph?"
  • The third series of vulgar British comedy show Bo' Selecta! features a sketch entitled Crappy Days, in which the cast of Happy Days suffer from extremely loud and painfully violent incontinence which requires them all to wear diapers. The family are typically optimistic about their condition, laughing whenever each other has an accident and enjoying the humour of the situation. Fonzie (played by Craig Phillips) is the only character who seems less than happy; complaining about the smell and doubling over in agony as he fills his diaper while still trying to maintain his "cool." The diapers became a running gag on the show; they reappeared in a later episode worn by the cast of Teen Wolf.
  • In 2006 Citroën used the theme tune and characters (with some special effects) in the UK advertisements for their C3 model.

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Trivia

  • Arthur Fonzarelli was affiliated with a motorcycle gang "The Falcons" although in a Season 1 episode it was mentioned that Fonzie was a former member of "The Demons."
  • Creative differences between Happy Days' producers and ABC helped boost the Fonz's popularity. ABC executives did not want a sympathetic character such as the Fonz to appear in a leather jacket, which they thought would make him appear to be a thug (The Fonz can be seen wearing a white or blue jacket in early episodes). The compromise reached with the producers was to decree that Fonzie could only wear it if his motorcycle was in the scene, as a leather jacket is legitimate safety apparel for someone riding a motorcycle. The show's producers responded by placing the motorcycle in all of his scenes, even indoor ones. The leather jacket soon became trademark attire for Fonzie, leading to ABC to relax the Fonz's dress code. The jacket is now on display at the Smithsonian Institution.
  • Ron Howard guest-starred on an episode of M*A*S*H. Both Happy Days and M*A*S*H are 1970s sitcoms set in the 1950s. Although Howard wanted to concentrate on films, and was wary of working on another television show, this appearance changed his mind and led to his accepting the Richie Cunningham role in the Happy Days pilot.
  • The cast was well known for playing practical jokes on one another. In one famous outtake, Fonzie is with Richie in Al's Diner. The script called for him to turn around, snap his fingers, and all the women in the Diner are supposed to get up and follow him out. Instead, in a joke on Henry Winkler, when he turns around and snaps his fingers, all the men in the Diner get up and follow him out.

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References

  1. ^ Wilcox's Soaps & More TV Character Address and Trivia Book (2004), (obtained here)
  2. ^ http://imdb.com/title/tt0070992/movieconnections

External links

  • International Happy Days Fan Club
  • Happy Days Online
  • Happy Days at the Internet Movie Database
  • Encyclopedia of Television
  • Happy Days @ TV.com
  • Bobby Arvon, Sang Happy Days Theme Song
  • Citroën C3 designed for Happy Days

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Happy Days became one of the first series to have early seasons in syndication while the series itself was still producing new episodes (a common practice with long-running shows today).
Happy Days also proved to be quite popular in daytime reruns; they joined the ABC daytime schedule in 1975, airing reruns at 11:30 a.m.
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