Happy Days

Season 2 Episode 15

The Not-Making of the President

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 28, 1975 on ABC

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  • The generational conflict in the fifties.

    Like MASH, Happy Days tended to deal with contemporary issues in a historical setting. This episode is one of the few that tied the show with a particular moment in history, the 1956 election, but it also depicted that universal conflict that occurs between generations when politics are concerned. So Howard Cunningham is a republican, a fan of Eisenhower because of the war. Richie, with fewer memories of WWII, goes for Stevenson, though in the beginning for the wrong reasons. Youthful enthusiasm versus conservative certainties. The episode first aired in the winter of 1975, some months after the resignation of President Nixon. You can imagine that many households were having discussions similar to those of Howard and Richie Cunningham.

    I was distracted by one little weakness of the show. Though set in Milwaukee it was filmed in California and the weather conditions could be unrealistic. For an episode set in the Milwaukee fall of 1956, it was weird to see the heavy tans of Anson Williams and Tom Bosley. The speech outside Arnold's may have occurred on a crisp, sunny November day, but the extras seemed uncomfortable wearing heavy clothes.