The Cunningham family Christmas is all set but Richie finds out Fonzie (despite being popular) is alone this holiday. So, Richie decides to ask his folks to let him join them ...but will his folks or...
No one believes Richie's claims that he not only saw a flying saucer but personally interviewed its pilot, an alien named Mork, who tried to take him back to planet Ork as an example of an average, ...
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
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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)
The dance Fonzie does when he wins the dance contest with Joanie is actually "Hava Nagila", a famous Jewish dance. While Fonzie was Italian and not Jewish (the opposite of actor Henry Winkler), his grandmother had re-married into a Jewish family (becoming Mrs. Nussbaum), which could explain how Fonzie learned about it. See more »
Many of social stances and character beliefs expressed on the program represent the 1970s/1980s filming dates of the series, rather than its 1950s/1960s setting of the series. This includes a noticeable lack of racial prejudice in later episodes, women being viewed as equals and no one expressing anti-gay sentiments. See more »
Two versions of the episode that introduced Robin Williams as Mork from Ork were broadcast. Initally, the episode ended with Ritchie waking up from a dream and seeing Robin Williams as an earthling. When the episode was rerun, this was replaced by a scene tying the episode into the new "Mork and Mindy" (1978) TV series. Most syndicated prints do not have the Mork and Mindy ending. See more »
When Happy Days aired, I was in grade school, and like all the kids in my day, I loved "The Fonz" and his "cool" image and what it represented. Of course, ratings are ratings, and the Fonzie became the dominant figure in the show.
Now, as I've watched the reruns on "Nickelodean", I have to admit that the show was of much better quality in its early episodes. It truly was a "family" show with a moral at the end of each episode, without being preachy. It seems that in those early episodes (the first year or year and a half), the show truly did capture the 50's suburban lifestyle.
Once Fonzie became the focus, it does seem now that the show got kind of silly and unbelieveable, and saturated by "Fonzie." Of course, it's not quality of writing that keeps shows alive, unfortunately, and I realize that the show wouldn't have survived as long as it had if it had kept its earlier format. Still, I do greatly enjoy those early episodes when I watch them.
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