Happy Days at Arnold's, ABC 1975: Potsie, Richie, Fonzie, Ralph Malph. Photo-Wikimedia


Baby Boomer Television was never better than this. Sitcoms have always relieved stressful workdays and Happy Days did great in this department when it aired on ABC, from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984. It ran for eleven seasons with 255 thirty-minute episodes under its belt. Happy Days was considered one of the most influential and outstanding shows during the 70s. It gave the viewers an idealized version of the quality of life in the Midwestern United States during the mid-50s to mid-60s. Happy Days starred Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham), Henry Winkler (Arthur “The Fonz” or “Fonzie” Fonzarelli). This series was known as one of American TV’s biggest hits. Because of this recognition, Happy Days influenced the style of TV presentation during its time.

The story progresses in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, following the lives of Richie Cunningham and his simple family. Fonzie then becomes their tenant and Richie’s best friend. As the series ran, Fonzie transforms as the favorite of the show’s viewers, making the character as equally important as Richie. Eventually, Richie leaves to serve the military, so Fonzie becomes the main character. The proceeding episodes then revolve mainly around his life. Fonzie’s image and style became iconic over the years. In fact, the Smithsonian Institution acquired the character’s jacket and made it part of the collection at the National Museum of American History and boomer television history.


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