Happy Days

Topics: Happy Days, Fonzie, Mork & Mindy Pages: 21 (7033 words) Published: October 25, 2008
Happy Days is an American television sitcom that originally aired from 1974 to 1984 on ABC. The show presents an idealized vision of American life in the 1950s and early 1960s America. 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 naive outlook on life), Richie's sweet and beautiful but feisty and clumsy 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 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, some of which were highly successful in their own right, including Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy, and Joanie Loves Chachi. Despite some inconsistencies, it is generally indicated that the events of the series begin in 1955 and, after eleven seasons, end in 1965. Most episodes take place roughly around 19 years before the year of their first air date. 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. In the 10th season episode "Babysitting" Fonzie watches the first heavyweight championship fight between Cassius Clay and Sonny Liston on television. This boxing match occurred on February 25, 1964. In the first part of the series finale "Passages" Joanie and Chachi are wearing t-shirts that say "The Kinks - Summer 1965 Tour". Contents [hide]

1 Cast
1.1 Cunningham family
1.2 Others
2 Cast stats
3 History
4 Production styles
5 Sets
6 Coined neologisms
6.1 "Jumping the Shark"
6.2 The "Fonzie Effect"
6.3 "Chuck Cunningham Syndrome"
7 New characters
7.1 Season 4
7.2 Seasons 8 onward
7.3 Guest stars
7.4 Anachronisms
8 Decline in popularity
9 Theme music
10 Production & scheduling
11 Ratings
12 Episodes
13 DVD releases
14 Spin-offs
14.1 Animated spin-offs
15 Legacy
15.1 Pop Culture References
15.2 Trivia
16 References
17 External links

[edit]Cunningham family
Howard (Mr. C) (Tom Bosley)- Husband, father and hardware store owner. Most often seen reading the daily newspaper in his easy chair. Marion (Mrs. C) (Marion Ross) - Wife, mother and homemaker. She was the only character whom Fonzie allowed to call him by his real first name, Arthur, which she always did affectionately 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 during the show's final season. (1974-1980) Joanie (Erin Moran) - Daughter.

Chuck (Gavan O'Herlihy, Randolph Roberts) - Eldest son written out of series with no explanation. Fonzie became the show's breakout character and took on a big brother role to Richie, leaving Chuck with nothing to do. Roger Phillips (Ted McGinley) - Marion's nephew and coach and teacher at Jefferson High. Introduced after Richie left the show. (1980-1984) Flip Phillips (Billy Warlock) - Roger's brother. Seen only during 10th season. Krystal "KC" Cunningham (Crystal Bernard) - Howard's niece. Seen only during 10th season. [edit]Others

Arthur "Fonzie" / "the Fonz" Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) - First written in as a minor character, but became a hugely popular breakout...
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