Happy Days

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  • TV-G
  • 1974
  • 11 Seasons
  • 7.4  (16,745)

The show Happy Days revolves around the activities of the Cunningham family and their friends. The main character in the show is Ritchie Cunningham who is often thought of as a clean cut teen. Ritchie has a best friend nicknamed Potsie and a secondary best friend named Ralph. To add interest to the comedy show another character in the form of Arthur Fonzarelli is added to the mix. The only person allowed to refer to this character by his given name of Arthur is Ritchie's mom, Mrs. Cunningham. Everyone else refers to him as either Fonzie or the Fonz. Fonzie's character is in direct contrast to the clean cut side of Ritchie. Where Ritchie makes the honor roll in high school, Fonzie is a drop out who rides a motorcycle. Despite the differences in their personalities, the two become good friends. Mrs. Cunningham, who is also known as Marion, is a stay at home wife and mother. In addition to Ritchie, the family also has a slightly younger daughter named Joanie. Joanie is often sarcastic, annoying and not afraid to say what is on her mind, even to a tough character like Fonzie. Mr. Cunningham is also known as Howard. Howard has very old fashioned family values and takes a while to warm up to the character of Fonzie. Ultimately, Fonzie ends up renting a room over the Cunningham's garage, which makes him more of a family member. The stories the show focuses on revolve around the interests of teenage boys. Most shows depict the boys trying to get dates by whatever means they can. In one episode the high school teens attempt to break into a college sorority to steal panties. While the show is designed to provide a humorous look at family life and the struggles of teenagers, it also offers some meaningful moments. Howard is the loving father who often has heart to heart talks with his children. There are also moments that focus on the struggles the adults have trying to maintain a successful marriage while raising teenagers. Amidst the antics and raging teenage hormones there are some moments designed to make viewers think about the different issues teens face.

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Fonzie's Spots
22. Fonzie's Spots
September 24, 1984
The recent passing of a Leopard Lodge member brings about fears in Howard that because of his not attracting any new member in the last five years (other than Potsie) he'll be booted out as Grand Poobah. He persuades Fonzie, Chachi, and Roger to join as pledges, and the boys must follow Potsie's orders.
Good News, Bad News
21. Good News, Bad News
July 19, 1984
Chachi's new single finally makes it onto the recording charts, and he's invited to tour with the Beach Boys as an opener. One problem: He just learned he has diabetes.
School Dazed
20. School Dazed
July 12, 1984
In an attempt to help a student out with her drug problem, Joanie invites her over, even with everyone's initial reaction. The student, Jesse, promises Joanie that she'll lay off the drugs, but after everyone's gone to bed, she takes several pills and is out cold the next morning.
Low Notes
19. Low Notes
July 5, 1984
Constant hassling from Fonzie and continuous borrowing of money from Marion convinces Chachi to look for a job, and he eventually finds one -- as a dance instructor. However, he lies to the others, saying he's got a recording deal with the Four Seasons. Meanwhile, Howard takes away Potsie's salary after he sells power drills for nearly $14 less than the original price.
So How Was Your Weekend?
18. So How Was Your Weekend?
June 28, 1984
Marion and Joanie go to Mother Kelp's place to help her move, and from the moment they set foot in the door, Mother Kelp does nothing but verbally bash Marion. Meanwhile, Fonzie, Howard, Chachi, and Roger play a game of poker.
Passages  (2)
17. Passages (2)
May 8, 1984
Fonzie's adoption request is initially turned down, but after a stern talk to the administrator by Howard, the request is reconsidered. Meanwhile, Joanie and Chachi continue with their plans to head to the altar.
Passages  (1)
16. Passages (1)
May 8, 1984
Joanie and Chachi, after dating people who look almost exactly like them, decide to get back together. Meanwhile, Fonzie tries to adopt a little boy, to whom he's a "Big Brother."
Fonzie Moves Out
15. Fonzie Moves Out
May 1, 1984
Howard is offered a job as the vice president of a large hardware store chain, but to take it, he and his family must move to New York City. He actually considers, and Fonzie, feeling as if the Cunninghams are pushing him to leave, immediately makes plans to move out of his apartment and live somewhere else in Milwaukee.
The Spirit Is Willing
14. The Spirit Is Willing
April 24, 1984
Fonzie meets a beautiful lady, by the name of Nancy Haley, in his garage while sitting in a 1955 Chevy that's worse for the wear. After he takes the woman home, he goes back to return her purse, but is told that the Haleys moved out of the house 10 years ago, when their daughter, Nancy, died in an auto accident.
Social Studies
13. Social Studies
January 31, 1984
For fear of rejection, Chachi is reluctant at asking girls out, but when Fonzie tells him that they will ask him out because of the "Fonzarelli Power," he changes his mind.
Like Mother, Like Daughter
12. Like Mother, Like Daughter
January 24, 1984
Marion's high school boyfriend Frederick comes to visit. Guess how Howard reacts. He's even more enraged when Frederick takes Joanie out on a date.
The People vs. The Fonz
11. The People vs. The Fonz
January 17, 1984
The Fonz has been accused of assaulting a trouble-making student, but refuses to testify at a school board hearing, running the risk of getting ruled against and fired.
Kiss Me, Teach
10. Kiss Me, Teach
January 10, 1984
Joanie becomes an assistant teacher at Patton High, and one of her students develops a crush on her.
You Get What You Pay For
9. You Get What You Pay For
December 13, 1983
Howard decides to build a second bathroom after being forced to shave at the dining room table. Fonzie has what he calls the perfect solution: have his students build the room. Coincidentally, Howard has also invented a new whisper-quiet toilet that he calls "The Whisper-Flush."
Arthur, Arthur
8. Arthur, Arthur
December 6, 1983
Fonzie's long-lost brother drops by for a visit. Fonzie, initially shocked on account of his not knowing he even existed, eventually grows to hate him.
Vocational Education
7. Vocational Education
November 22, 1983
Roger is made principal of the extremely tough George S. Patton Vocational High School. He believes he can handle the students, but it's not that long until he starts to rethink his beliefs.
Glove Story
6. Glove Story
November 8, 1983
To earn Fonzie's respect, Chachi enters the city championship boxing tournament, and Fonzie is elated when he wins his first fight. However, while training, Chachi seriously injures his best punching hand.
Welcome Home  (2)
5. Welcome Home (2)
November 1, 1983
Richie, frustrated by giving up his dreams of being a screenwriter, takes his anger out on everyone -- even the Fonz, whom he gives a good sock in the jaw.
Welcome Home  (1)
4. Welcome Home (1)
October 25, 1983
Richie and Ralph return to Milwaukee from the Army, with Lori Beth and Richie Jr. in tow. Howard finds Richie an interview down at the Milwaukee Journal, but Richie, mysteriously, isn't interested.
Where the Guys Are
3. Where the Guys Are
October 18, 1983
Roger, Potsie, and Chachi take Fonzie to a singles resort to help get his mind off his breakup with Ashley. However, they lie to him and tell him they're going to a sporting camp. When they finally arrive, an enraged Fonzie says he's leaving, but he ends up staying, an unexpected roadblock for the other guys.
The Ballad of Joanie and Chachi
2. The Ballad of Joanie and Chachi
October 4, 1983
Joanie is dealing with too many new events in her life, causing Chachi to resent her for not spending enough of their time together. Each comes up with a solution: Joanie wants to break up with him while Chachi wants to get married.
Because It's There
1. Because It's There
September 27, 1983
As a kid, Fonzie had written a list of things to accomplish within the following twenty years. Well, now, Fonzie has found that list, and finds one thing that he hasn't accomplished: climb Suicide Hill on a motorcycle. The problem? He's already tried, and failed.
Description

The show Happy Days revolves around the activities of the Cunningham family and their friends. The main character in the show is Ritchie Cunningham who is often thought of as a clean cut teen. Ritchie has a best friend nicknamed Potsie and a secondary best friend named Ralph. To add interest to the comedy show another character in the form of Arthur Fonzarelli is added to the mix. The only person allowed to refer to this character by his given name of Arthur is Ritchie's mom, Mrs. Cunningham. Everyone else refers to him as either Fonzie or the Fonz.

Fonzie's character is in direct contrast to the clean cut side of Ritchie. Where Ritchie makes the honor roll in high school, Fonzie is a drop out who rides a motorcycle. Despite the differences in their personalities, the two become good friends. Mrs. Cunningham, who is also known as Marion, is a stay at home wife and mother. In addition to Ritchie, the family also has a slightly younger daughter named Joanie. Joanie is often sarcastic, annoying and not afraid to say what is on her mind, even to a tough character like Fonzie.

Mr. Cunningham is also known as Howard. Howard has very old fashioned family values and takes a while to warm up to the character of Fonzie. Ultimately, Fonzie ends up renting a room over the Cunningham's garage, which makes him more of a family member. The stories the show focuses on revolve around the interests of teenage boys. Most shows depict the boys trying to get dates by whatever means they can. In one episode the high school teens attempt to break into a college sorority to steal panties.

While the show is designed to provide a humorous look at family life and the struggles of teenagers, it also offers some meaningful moments. Howard is the loving father who often has heart to heart talks with his children. There are also moments that focus on the struggles the adults have trying to maintain a successful marriage while raising teenagers. Amidst the antics and raging teenage hormones there are some moments designed to make viewers think about the different issues teens face.Happy Days is a series that is currently running and has 11 seasons (257 episodes). The series first aired on January 15, 1974.

Where to Watch Happy Days

Happy Days is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Happy Days on demand at Paramount+ and Amazon Prime.

  • Premiere Date
    January 15, 1974
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (16,745)