Happy Days StorylineRichie 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.
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 Happy Days.
Now, as I've watched the reruns on "Nickelodean", I have to admit that Happy Days 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), Happy Days truly did capture the 50's suburban lifestyle.
Once Fonzie became the focus, it does seem now that Happy Days 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 Happy Days 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.
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 Happy Days. I don't think you could make it again.
I always felt that this should have ended about 5 years before it did too-when Malph and Richie left. Putting Happy Days 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.
I remember when Happy Days 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 Happy Days the most, as the Fonz Was a TV hero like you don't see anymore.