Happy Days

Happy Days

Ah, the mid 1950s. A time of innocence. A time of love. A time... of Happy Days. Happy Days was created by former The Odd Couple writer Garry Marshall, and most of its 260+ episodes were directed by former Dick Van Dyke Show star Jerry Paris. It premiered on ABC in January 1974 and quickly grew to become the most popular show of that period.

Happy Days centers around a middle-class family, the Cunninghams: Howard, Marion, their son Richie and their daughter Joanie. In the first couple of seasons, Howard and Marion had a second son, Chuck, who was played by two actors in his short existence. Richie hangs around at Arnold's Drive In with "Potsie" Weber, Ralph Malph, and neighborhood greaser Arthur Fonzarelli, or simply "the Fonz." Living in an apartment just above the Cunninghams' garage, the Fonz gives Richie advice on just about everything, including girls (Fonzie's specialty). He wears his trademark leather jacket (in the first couple of seasons, he wore a golf jacket because producers thought leather would signify brutality) and spouts trademark phrases such as "Aaaaaayyyyy", and gives his trademark thumbs-up/down. He grew to become the most recognizable and popular character in television.

Happy Days ended in September 1984 due to declining ratings. However, its legacy is far from forgotten. Two reunion specials have been filmed, and in 2004, the Happy Days Season 1 DVD box set was released. And the series has been transformed into a new musical by Garry Marshall. These Happy Days are yours and mine.

Spinoffs / Related Shows
Love, American Style (pilot series)
Laverne & Shirley (spinoff)
Blansky's Beauties (spinoff)
Mork & Mindy (spinoff)
Out of the Blue (crossover)
Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (animated spinoff)
The Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour (animated spinoff)
Joanie Loves Chachi (spinoff)

Episode Info

Final: 11x22 -- Fonzie's Spots (Sep/24/1984)

The recent passing of a Leopard Lodge member brings about fears in Howard that because of his not attracting any new member in the last five years (other than Potsie) he'll be booted out as Grand Poobah. He persuades Fonzie, Chachi, and Roger to join as pledges, and the boys must follow Potsie's orders.
Available Episodes

School Dazed
Jul 12, 1984
Season 11 episode 20

The People vs. The F..
Jan 17, 1984
Season 11 episode 11

Kiss Me, Teach
Jan 10, 1984
Season 11 episode 10

You Get What You Pay..
Dec 13, 1983
Season 11 episode 9

Where the Guys Are
Oct 18, 1983
Season 11 episode 3

All I Want for Chris..
Dec 14, 1982
Season 10 episode 10

Grandma Nussbaum
Jan 19, 1982
Season 9 episode 14

Ron HowardRon Howard
As Richard J. "Richie" Cunningham (S01-S07)
Henry WinklerHenry Winkler
As Arthur Herbert "Fonzie" Fonzarelli
Marion RossMarion Ross
As Marion "Mrs. C" Cunningham
Anson WilliamsAnson Williams
As Warren "Potsie" Weber
Don MostDon Most
As Ralph Malph (S01-S07)
Erin MoranErin Moran
As Joanie Louise Cunningham/Arcola (S03-S09, S11; recurring otherwise)
Tom BosleyTom Bosley
As Howard C. Cunningham
Al MolinaroAl Molinaro
As Alfredo "Al" Delvecchio (S05-S09)
Scott BaioScott Baio
As Charles "Chachi" Arcola (S05-S09, S11)
Lynda GoodfriendLynda Goodfriend
As Lori Beth Allen Cunningham (S08-S09; recurring in S05-S07)


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Recurring Guests

Al Molinaro as Alfred (38 eps)
Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo (37 eps)
Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth (36 eps)
Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips (32 eps)
Pat Morita as Arnold (28 eps)
Harris Kal as Bobby (19 eps)
Scott Baio (18 eps)
Crystal Bernard as Mikki (16 eps)
Beatrice Colen as waitress (14 eps)
Billy Warlock as Flip (13 eps)

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Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Airs: Tuesdays at 08:00 pm
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: January 15, 1974
Ended: September 24, 1984
Season 1 Lyrics
Seasons 2 - 10 as sung by Pratt and McLain Lyrics
View All 3 Theme Songs
• Happy Days Again (Original Syndication Title), (Used In USA)
• New Family In Town (Working Title), (Used In USA)
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