The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie.

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Richie Cunningham and his friend Potsie face life at Jefferson High in Milwaukee Wisconsin in the 1950s. Lots of changes over time as kids come and go, new series spin off, Richie and pals go to college then the army. Even marriage. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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"Rock Around the Clock" and "Mona Lisa" were on the Hit Parade...Uncle Miltie was a household word...people held each other while dancing...the D.A. was a hairstyle...and everybody liked Ike. Those were the days of the 1950's...filled with innocence and the promise of even better days to come. (season 1)

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Trivia

Among the merchandising produced during the show's run were T-shirts (proclaiming "Sit on it!"), a line of figures from Mego (featuring a Fonzie whose thumbs could be posed up or down), and a record compilation of 1950s hits, whose cover was a souvenir photo of Henry Winkler in character. (A disclaimer read "No! The Fonz has not taken to singing on this album!") See more »

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In the pilot episode, the diner the characters attend is called Arthur's. In all subsequent episodes, the name has changed to Arnold's. See more »

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[watching a Chicago Bears football game in 1956]
Ralph Malph: That Bears quarterback is no good. He's washed up. He's 30.
Richie Cunningham: That's ridiculous. George Blanda still has a few more good years left.
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Referenced in Sitcom: The Adventures of Garry Marshall (1979) See more »

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Happy Days
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Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Charles Fox
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Really good show from the 70s....less so in the 80s...
3 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember when this show was King, c. '76 or so, Tuesdays at 8pm. It was one of those shows that you watched faithfully, got into the characters, jokes, knew the punchlines beforehand every time, and talked about the day after w/ friends. Kids loved it the most, as the Fonz Was a TV hero like you don't see anymore.

I always felt that this should have ended about 5 years before it did too-when Malph and Richie left. Putting the show on in the 80's w/ Chachi as a lead, set in the '60's, Ted McGinley, etc--it was really outta gas and a shadow of its former self. If you ever see the repeats from c. '82 you know what I mean.

Happy Days was the Malachi Crunch, Fonz jumping things on his bike, swarmed by 'the chicks', Richie learning about adulthood from Fonz, and of course Mr and Mrs C offering their bemused, befuddled support. That was the show. I don't think you could make it again.

*** outta ****


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