Happy Days

ABC (ended 1984)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 11 : Ep 24

    Happy Days 30th Anniversary Reunion

    Aired 2/3/05

  • S 11 : Ep 23

    Happy Days: The Reunion

    Aired 3/3/92

  • S 11 : Ep 22

    Fonzie's Spots

    Aired 9/24/84

  • S 11 : Ep 21

    Good News, Bad News

    Aired 7/19/84

  • S 11 : Ep 20

    School Dazed

    Aired 7/12/84

  • Cast & Crew
  • Ron Howard

    Richard J. Cunningham (seasons 1-7)

  • Scott Baio

    Charles "Chachi" Arcola

  • Henry Winkler

    Arthur Herbert "Fonzie" Fonzarelli (seasons 2-11; recurring previously)

  • Tom Bosley

    Howard C. Cunningham

  • Marion Ross

    Marion Kelp Cunningham

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  • show Description
  • One of the most successful series of the 1970s is Happy Days, which is set in the late 1950s, early 1960s in Milwaukee, the heart of middle-class America. Happy Days tells the story of the Cunninghams, one of America's most beloved TV families played by Tom Bosley (Howard), Erin Moran (Joanie), Marion Ross (Marion), and Ron Howard (Richie). Richie and Joanie had an older brother, Chuck (Gavan O'Herlihy and Randolph Roberts), but he was phased out by the third season. Richie, who hangs out at Arnold's Drive-In with his buddies Potsie Weber (Anson Williams) and Ralph Malph (Donny Most), forms a close bond with neighborhood greaser, the Fonz (Henry Winkler). Living in an apartment above the Cunningham garage, the Fonz gives Richie advice on just about everything that he wants to know. Wearing his leather jacket atop his motorcycle while saying phrases like "aaaayyyy" and "sit on it," the Fonz is the king of cool and quickly became a cultural icon. As time passed, additional characters were introduced. Al Delvecchio (Al Molinaro) replaced Arnold (Pat Morita) as owner of Arnold's Drive-In in season 4. He would remain until the end of season 9. Season 5 saw Fonzie's cousin, Chachi Arcola (Scott Baio), and Richie's love interest, Lori Beth Allen (Lynda Goodfriend), come onto the scene. When Ron Howard and Donny Most left the show after season 7, the producers felt that they needed to add some characters to fill the void. Enter Cathy Silvers (as Jenny Piccalo - the never-before-seen-but-often-talked-about best friend of Joanie) and Ted McGinley (as Roger Phillips - Marion's nephew). The focus of the series shifted to the relationship between Joanie and Chachi. Season 10 saw Fonzie get a season-long love interest in the person of Ashley Pfister (Linda Purl). Other recurring characters added during the last four seasons were Roger's brother, Leopold "Flip" Phillips (Billy Warlock), Howard's niece, K. C. Cunningham (Crystal Bernard), Ashley's daughter, Heather Pfister (Heather O'Rourke), and Joanie and Chachi's classmates, Eugene Belvin (Denis Mandel), Melvin Belvin (Scott Bernstein), Bobby Milner (Harris Kal), and Tommy (Kevin Sullivan). In addition, Pat Morita returned during season 10 (and the first episode of season 11) to reprise his role as Arnold. By the end of the series, Richie had married Lori Beth and had two children, Al had married Chachi's mother, Louisa, Potsie was, presumably, still in college, and Ralph was training to be an optometrist. In the series' finale, "Passages," Joanie and Chachi were married, and Fonzie (owner of Fonzie's Auto Repairing and Arnold's as well as Dean of Boys at Patton High) adopted an orphan boy named Danny. Howard thanked the audience for being a part of their family, and a sentimental clip montage was shown to Elvis Presley's "Memories." Main Title Theme Songs "Rock Around The Clock" - written by Jimmy DeKnight (James E. Myers) and Max C. Freedman; performed by Bill Haley and The Comets (Seasons 1-2) "Happy Days" - written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox; performed by Pratt & McClain (Seasons 3-10) "Happy Days" - written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox; performed by Bobby Arvon (Season 11) ABC Broadcast History January 15, 1974 - September 20, 1983 ---- Tuesdays ---- 8:00 - 8:30 P.M. September 27, 1983 - January 31, 1984 ---- Tuesdays ---- 8:30 - 9:00 P.M. April 24, 1984 - May 29, 1984 ----------------- Tuesdays ---- 8:30 - 9:00 P.M. June 7, 1984 - September 24, 1984 ---------- Tuesdays ---- 8:00 - 9:00 P.M. Nielsen Ratings - Top 30 Season 1 (1974) Not In Top 30 Season 2 (1974-1975) Not In Top 30 Season 3 (1975-1976) #11 (23.9) Season 4 (1976-1977) #1 (31.5) Season 5 (1977-1978) #2 (31.4) Season 6 (1978-1979) #3 (tie) (28.6) Season 7 (1979-1980) #17 (21.7) Season 8 (1980-1981) #15 (tie) (20.8) Season 9 (1981-1982) #18 (20.6) Season 10 (1982-1983) #28 (tie) (17.4) Season 11 (1983-1984) Not In Top 30 Emmy Awards Nominations Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 1976 - Henry Winkler 1977 - Henry Winkler 1978 - Henry Winkler Outstanding Continuing Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series 1978 - Tom Bosley Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series 1978 - Jerry Paris - "Richie Almost Dies" 1981 - Jerry Paris - "Hello Mrs. Arcola" Outstanding Film Editing in a Comedy Series 1978 - Ed Cotter - "Richie Almost Dies" (winner) Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Comedy-Variety or Music Series 1979 - Marion Ross Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 1984 - Marion Ross (source: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences) Golden Globe Awards Nominations Outstanding Production - Musical Or Comedy Series 1976 1977 Actor In A Leading Role - Musical Or Comedy Series 1976 - Henry Winkler (winner) 1977 - Henry Winkler (winner) 1977 - Ron Howard Actor In A Supporting Role - Series, Mini-Series, Or Television Movie 1982 - Anson Williams Youth in Film Awards Nominations Best Young Comedian 1979-1980 - Scott Baio Best Young Comedian - Motion Picture or Television 1980-1981 - Scott Baio (winner) Best Television Series - Family Enjoyment 1980-1981 Best Young Actor In A Television Series 1980-1981 - Scott Baio Best Young Actress In A Comedy Series 1981-1982 - Heather O'Rourke (source: The Young Artist Foundation) Miscellaneous Awards and Honors The Producers Guild of America's Hall of Fame for Theatrical Motion Pictures 2002 Television Inductee Other shows connected with Happy Days Love, American Style (pilot series) Laverne & Shirley (spin off) Blansky's Beauties (spin off) Mork & Mindy (spin off) Out of the Blue (crossover) The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (cartoon) The Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour (cartoon) Joanie Loves Chachi (spin off) First Telecast: January 15, 1974 Last Telecast: September 24, 1984 Episodes: 255 color episodes plus two reunion specialsmoreless

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  • Quotes (165)

    • Richie: We played chess. Fonzie: You played with her chest?

    • Richie: Hi, Fonzie. Have you seen Potsie around? -First line of the series.

    • Howard: What's a Fonzie? Richie: Arthur Fonzarelli. He dropped out of school.

    • Richie: We just had some beer - in teeny-weeny glasses. Howard: How many teeny-weeny glasses did you have? Richie: Seventy-two. Howard: I think it's time for some teeny-weeny cups of coffee.

    • Sergeant: Aw, Fonzie. I'm ashamed of you. I never expected to see you in here for draggin' - especially against Skizzy. Now, don't tell me you lost your cool. Fonzie: Hey, he insulted a friend. I just thought it was my duty to drive, you know? Sergeant: Well, I guess chivalry ain't what it used to be.

    • Sergeant: (speaking to kids rounded up at an illegal drag race and Howard, who tried to stop it) Ah, it's the children's hour. Now, this isn't a nice way to spend the evening, is it? We could all be home, in our nice little beds, but you had to go out and have a nasty, old drag race. Now, in case you haven't heard lately, drag racing is a no-no in this state. (speaking directly to Howard) Ah. You don't make me very happy, kids. (taps Howard on shoulder) You're a little old for this kinda thing, aren't you, sonny?

    • Richie: You make school sound like good fun. Fonzie: Well, school's got good points. I mean, smoking in the bathroom, cutting classes, showing my tattoo to the chicks.

    • Fonzie: Hey, Cunningham, I want to tell you, you're bright, you know? You're a bright guy for someone who don't ride a motorcycle.

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    Notes (372)

    • Season 1 Cast Opening Credits Sequence: Ron Howard Marion Ross Anson Williams Tom Bosley

    • Rick Hurst is credited as "Richard D. Hurst."

    • In this episode, the drive-in is named "Arthur's."

    • Howard refers to David and Ricky Nelson from the television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and Beaver Cleaver from Leave It to Beaver.

    • The drive-in is now called "Arnold's."

    • Tita Bell makes her first appearance as Trudy.

    • Beatrice Colen makes her first appearance as Marsha Simms (though only credited as "waitress").

    • William Bickley is credited as "William S. Bickley."

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    Trivia (110)

    • During the first and second seasons, Bill Haley and the Comets' "Rock Around the Clock" is used as the series' opening theme. However, the label of the record that plays reads "'Happy Days'; lyrics by Norman Gimble, music composed by Charles Fox."

    • Richie says that he's a junior in this episode, but he doesn't graduate until the fourth season.

    • The Cunninghams watch The Untouchables, a series that began airing in 1959. This episode, however, takes place in 1955.

    • Potsie agreed his fake ID should list him as age 18, for he wouldn't pass for age 22. His real-life age at this point was 24.

    • In the scenes where Howard performs card tricks, the hands that are doing the work do not match the actor's hands.

    • The sets for the inside of the Malph house were from the house in the soon-to-be-canceled The Brady Bunch, another ABC show. The basement was actually the Bradys' bedroom (minus the frosted glass divider), and the room in which the parents were playing bridge was the Bradys' living room.

    • Gas spills down the side of the car as Richie pours it in the tank.

    • In this episode, Ralph's parents are named Harry and Hazel. In later episodes, they are Mickey and Minnie.

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    Allusions (35)

    • The title is a reference to the 1967 motion picture, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.

    • The title comes from the famous song of the same name most famously sung by Neil Sedaka.

    • Bomb Shelters
      With this being the height of the Cold War, everyone, it seemed, was building bomb shelters in their backyards. The discussion over whether to build and whom to invite to stay inside in the event of a nuclear attack was common during the late 1950s.

    • Who's Sorry Now? The title comes from the famous song of the same name sung by Connie Francis.

    • Ralph: What are you doing in the closet? Richie: Reading a book. Ralph: In the closet? Must be Kiss Me Deadly. Kiss Me Deadly was the sixth novel by Mickey Spillane, published in 1952. Spillane's violent mystery stories were deemed rather scandalous in the conservative 1950s.

    • Reverend Harlan: Young man, we're here to do Hamlet, not The Blackboard Jungle. In the 1955 movie The Blackboard Jungle, a young teacher has to deal with some juvenile delinquents in an inner-city school.

    • A Star Is Born The title is a pun of the famous musical/movie A Star Is Born.

    • Howard: There are eight million diseases in the Naked City. How come you happened to pick that one? Howard Cunningham makes a pun based on the last line of the 1948 movie The Naked City: "There are eight million stories in the Naked City; this has been one of them." (A television series with the same name premiered in 1958, some years after the events of this episode.)

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  • Fan Reviews (45)
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    By AlvinHugor, Jul 05, 2013

  • Early Episodes Were the Best!

    By ArmchairCo, Jan 03, 2013

  • The first seasons were awesome

    By EllaGomez1, Nov 22, 2012

  • The first few years were the best.

    By ThereseBohn, Sep 23, 2012

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