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Happy Days is an ABC network sitcom created by Garry Marshall that first premiered on January 15, 1974. It was based on a segment from the show "Love, American Style" called "Love and the Television Set" (which was later retitled "Love and the Happy Days" for syndication).
After 11 seasons and 255 episodes, "Happy Days" ended on September 24, 1984.
Set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, "Happy Days" revolved around teenager Richie Cunningham and his family: his father, Howard, who owns a hardware store; traditional homemaker and mother, Marion; younger sister Joanie; Richie's older brother Chuck (who only appeared seasons 1 and 2) and high school dropout, biker & suave ladies' man Arthur "Fonzie" or "The Fonz" Fonzarelli, who would eventually become Richie's best friend and the Cunninghams' upstairs tenant.
The earlier episodes of the series revolved around Richie & his friends, Potsie Weber and Ralph Malph with Fonzie as a secondary character.
However, as the series progressed, Fonzie proved to be a favorite with viewers and soon more story lines were written to reflect his growing popularity, and Winkler was eventually credited with top billing in the opening credits alongside Howard as a result.
Fonzie befriended Richie and the Cunningham family and when Richie left the series for military service, Fonzie became the central figure of the show with Henry Winkler receiving sole top billing in the opening credits.
In the show's later seasons, other characters were introduced including Fonzie's young cousin, Charles "Chachi" Arcola, who became a love interest for Joanie Cunningham.
Each of the eleven seasons of the series roughly tracks the eleven years from 1955 to 1965, inclusive, in which the show was set.
- Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham
- Anson Williams as Warren "Potsie" Weber
- Marion Ross as Marion Cunningham
- Tom Bosley as Howard Cunningham
- Henry Winkler as Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli
- Don Most as Ralph Malph
- Erin Moran as Joanie Cunningham
- Al Molinaro as Al Delvecchio
- Pat Morita as Matsuo "Arnold" Takahashi
- Scott Baio as Charles "Chachi" Arcola
- Lynda Goodfriend as Lori Beth Cunningham
- Cathy Silvers as Jenny Piccalo
- Ted McGinley as Roger Phillips
- Linda Purl as Ashley Pfister