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Happy Days TV Show

TV Series Summary for Happy Days

Television Show Summary

This highly successful 80's TV show is set in late 1950s Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The series chronicles the lives of the Cunninghams, a typical 50's mid-west family.

Happy Days DVD

DVD Release Dates and Info for Happy Days Series

11/27/2007 - Complete 3rd Season

TV Show Plot For Happy Days

The Cunningham family included: The father Howard (Tom Bosley), his wife Marion (Marion Ross), their daughter Joanie (Erin Moran) and son Richie (Ron Howard). The oldest son Chuck (Gavan O'Herlihy and Randolph Roberts) was phased out after the second season.

Other Happy days characters included: Richie's friends Potsie Weber (Anson Williams), Ralph Malph (Donny Most) and the Fonz (Henry Winkler).

Later in the series Fonzie's cousin Chachi (Scott Baio) became a regular character on the show. He became the boyfriend of Joanie, and a successful spin-off series Joanie Loves Chachi was spawned as a result.

The character of The Fonz became an icon among viewers of the show. He was only meant to be an occassional character by the creators, but his popularity warranted an expanded role.

Other popular Happy Days add-on characters were: Arnold, the original owner of Arnold's, played by Pat Morita. Al Delvecchio, the owner of Arnold's after he got married and moved, played by Al Molinaro. Al Molinaro also played a Catholic priest, Al's twin brother Father Francis Delvelcchio. Pinky Tuscadero (Roz Kelly) was added to the cast to be Fonzie's girlfriend. Roz Kelly's disputes with the producers caused the character to be dropped.

ABC aired a total of 255 episodes of Happy Days from 1974 to 1984. The first season of Happy Days is available on DVD from Paramount.

Cast of Happy Days TV Show

Henry Winkler - Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli
Marion Ross - Marion Cunningham
Tom Bosley - Howard Cunningham
Erin Moran - Joanie Cunningham Arcola
Ron Howard - Richard 'Richie' Cunningham
Don Most - Ralph Malph
Anson Williams - Warren 'Potsie' Weber
Harris Kal - Bobby
Beatrice Colen - Marsha Simms
Heather O'Rourke - Heather Pfister
Ken Lerner - Rocco Baruffi
Ed Peck - Police Officer Kirk
Al Molinaro - Father Anthony Delvecchio
Denis Mandel - Eugene Belvin

Trivia for the TV Show Happy Days

Happy Days first aired as a segment on "Love, American Style".

Micky Dolenz and Michael Nesmith of The Monkees auditioned for the role of The Fonz.

Happy Days producers considered changing the name of the show to Fonzie's Happy Days, but the cast (including Henry Winkler) protested.

Top 20 Ratings Info for Happy Days Series

1980-81 - 7th Season - Ranked #15
1981-82 - 8th Season - Ranked #18

80's TV Show Facts:

The TV Show Happy Days was televised from 01/15/1974 to 09/24/1984, on the ABC network.

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