Sitcom Happy Days told of the exploits of supreme cool dude and all round babe magnet Arthur ‘The Fonz’ Fonzerelli and his teenage friends (especially Richie Cunningham and his entire family where Fonz eventually ended living in a flat above the Cunningham’s garage) in 1950’s Milwaulkie.
The series started life as a sketch on teen love, American-style, in 1974, but was developed by ABC as America became awash with ’50s nostalgia after the film American Graffiti. It also had a catchy theme tune. All together now: “Sunday, Monday, Happy Days… Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days…” etc
There were three spin offs from Happy Days. 1.Mork and Mindy, 2.Laverne and Shirley and 3.Joanie Loves Chachi.
In 1992 there was a 90 minute documentary look back at the show.
A number of cartoons series also appeared in the 1980’s, these were; The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang (1980-82), Laverne and Shirley in the Army (81-82), Laverne and Shirley with the Fonz (82-83) and Mork and Mindy (1982-83).
USA / ABC – Miller-Milkis Prod. – Henderson Prod. / 256×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 1974 – 1984
Creator: Garry Marshall / Producers: Jerry Paris, William Buckley, Tony Marshall, Bob Brunner
HENRY WINKLER as Arthur ‘The Fonz’ Fonzerelli
RON HOWARD as Richie Cunningham (1974-80)
TOM BOSLEY as Howard Cunningham
MARION ROSS as Marion Cunningham
ANSON WILLIAMS as Warren ‘Potsie’ Webber (1974-83)
DONNY MOST as Ralph Malph (1974-80)
ERIN MORAN as Joanie Cunningham
SCOTT BAIO as Charles ‘Chachi’ Arcola (1977-83)
PAT MORITA as Arnold Takahashi (1975-76/82-83)
AL MOLINARO as Al Delvecchio (1976-82)
CATHY SILVERS as Jenny Piccalo (1980-83)