Entertainment: Happy Days
|born on||15 January 1974 at 20:00 (= 8:00 PM )|
|Place||New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0|
|Timezone||EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)|
|Astrology data||25°28' 03°45 Asc. 21°24'|
American television sitcom which was one of the highest-rated shows of the 1970s, airing first-run from 15 January 1974 to 24 September 1984 on ABC. The show was originally based on a segment from ABC's Love, American Style titled "Love and the Television Set," (later retitled "Love and the Happy Days" for syndication) featuring future cast members Ron Howard, Marion Ross and Anson Williams.
Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s United States. Set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Happy Days revolves around teenager Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) and his family: his father, Howard (Tom Bosley), who owns a hardware store; traditional homemaker and mother, Marion (Marion Ross); younger sister Joanie (Erin Moran); Richie's older brother Chuck (seasons 1 & 2 only) and high school dropout, biker and suave ladies' man Arthur "Fonzie"/"The Fonz" Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler), who would eventually become Richie's best friend and the Cunningham's upstairs tenant.
The earlier episodes revolve around Richie and 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 Winkler receiving sole top billing in the opening credits. In later seasons, other characters were introduced including Fonzie's young cousin, Charles "Chachi" Arcola (Scott Baio), 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.
- associate relationship with Bosley, Tom (born 1 October 1927). Notes: Played Howard Cunningham, 1974-1984
- associate relationship with Howard, Ron (born 1 March 1954). Notes: Played Richie Cunningham, 1974-1980
- associate relationship with Marshall, Garry (born 13 November 1934). Notes: Producer
- associate relationship with Molinaro, Al (born 24 June 1919). Notes: Played Al Delvecchio, 1974-1984
- associate relationship with Moran, Erin (born 18 October 1960). Notes: Played Joanie Cunningham, 1974-1984
- associate relationship with Morita, Pat (born 28 June 1932). Notes: Played "Arnold" Takahashi, 1975–1976 and 1982-1983
- associate relationship with Ross, Marion (1928) (born 25 October 1928). Notes: Played Marion Cunningham, 1974-1984
- associate relationship with Silvers, Cathy (born 27 May 1961). Notes: Played Jenny Piccolo, 1980-1984, 55 episodes
- associate relationship with Winkler, Henry (born 30 October 1945). Notes: Played "Fonzie," 1974-1984
- compare to chart of Entertainment: Laverne and Shirley (born 27 January 1976)
Sy Scholfield quotes TV programme, New York Times, 15 January 1974, p. 75.
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