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(Onion AV Club)   The Onion takes a look at how Happy Days became one of the biggest hits on television by becoming one of the worst shows on television, and even worse, letting Potsie sing   (avclub.com) divider line 79
    More: Interesting, Happy Days, history of television, human beings, Stephen J. Cannell, Garry Marshall, Aaron Spelling, Henry Winkler, anthology series  
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2012-08-30 08:48:36 AM  
Also, this happened. THIS HAPPENED!

i.ytimg.com
 
2012-08-30 09:18:37 AM  
Nothing killed an adolescent boner faster than a close up of Joanie.
 
2012-08-30 09:46:09 AM  

vudukungfu: Nothing killed an adolescent boner faster than a close up of Joanie.


Not even Donny Most?
 
2012-08-30 10:39:33 AM  

FirstNationalBastard: vudukungfu: Nothing killed an adolescent boner faster than a close up of Joanie.

Not even Donny Most?


Actually, it's Don Most now


t3.gstatic.com
 
2012-08-30 12:16:57 PM  
Man, the internet really is killing my attention span. I got less than a quarter way through and said, to myself, "Man, isn't this article done yet?"

/Now where's my Ritalin?
 
2012-08-30 12:19:40 PM  
When I was a kid in the 80s this show was on reruns all day along with Brady Bunch, Munsters, Addam's Family, One Day at a Time, and Alice.

Happy Days to me was the weakest of that lineup. And what was up with One Day at a Time? Why was it totally cool that the creepy handy man drops by several times a day to hit on your teen daughter?
 
2012-08-30 12:20:10 PM  

Some 'Splainin' To Do: Man, the internet really is killing my attention span. I got less than a quarter way through and said, to myself, "Man, isn't this article done yet?"

/Now where's my Ritalin?


I believe it can be summed up with

"Puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-Pumps your blood."
 
2012-08-30 12:39:14 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Some 'Splainin' To Do: Man, the internet really is killing my attention span. I got less than a quarter way through and said, to myself, "Man, isn't this article done yet?"

/Now where's my Ritalin?

I believe it can be summed up with

"Puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-Pumps your blood."


That episode was far more painful that any shark jumping.
 
2012-08-30 12:48:35 PM  

Rapmaster2000: And what was up with One Day at a Time? Why was it totally cool that the creepy handy man drops by several times a day to hit on your teen daughter?


It took place in Indianapolis. The only way it could have been more authentic would have required both characters to get hitched 2 weeks before the little Hoosi-ubus pops out.
 
2012-08-30 01:00:44 PM  
I never realized that Mork and Mindy and Laverne and Shirley were Happy Days spin offs. Though looking at how they came to spin offs, these days they would be more like cross overs.
 
2012-08-30 01:02:28 PM  

Xaro: I never realized that Mork and Mindy and Laverne and Shirley were Happy Days spin offs. Though looking at how they came to spin offs, these days they would be more like cross overs.


No, they would still be spin-offs.

Mork appeared on Happy Days firstto introduce him before he got his own show. Laverne and Shirley made appearances on Happy Days, which led to them getting their own show.
 
2012-08-30 01:06:07 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Xaro: I never realized that Mork and Mindy and Laverne and Shirley were Happy Days spin offs. Though looking at how they came to spin offs, these days they would be more like cross overs.

No, they would still be spin-offs.

Mork appeared on Happy Days firstto introduce him before he got his own show. Laverne and Shirley made appearances on Happy Days, which led to them getting their own show.


My bad then. The way I read it on Wikipedia, the characters appeared on Happy Days just as the other show was starting so they could tie into its popularity. Teach me to skim though an article.
 
2012-08-30 01:06:40 PM  

Xaro: I never realized that Mork and Mindy and Laverne and Shirley were Happy Days spin offs. Though looking at how they came to spin offs, these days they would be more like cross overs.


Which in turn was a spin-off from a "Love, American Style" segment entitled "Love and the Happy Day."

/wow, I am getting old.
 
2012-08-30 01:14:06 PM  

Xaro: FirstNationalBastard: Xaro: I never realized that Mork and Mindy and Laverne and Shirley were Happy Days spin offs. Though looking at how they came to spin offs, these days they would be more like cross overs.

No, they would still be spin-offs.

Mork appeared on Happy Days firstto introduce him before he got his own show. Laverne and Shirley made appearances on Happy Days, which led to them getting their own show.

My bad then. The way I read it on Wikipedia, the characters appeared on Happy Days just as the other show was starting so they could tie into its popularity. Teach me to skim though an article.


I did the Wiki research just in case, and I was wrong but right.

Laverne and Shirley appeared on Happy Days in late '75 to give them exposure for their upcoming spin-off (which began in January '76).

Mork was part of a dream episode, which had an extra scene filmed later on (for reruns and syndication) that basically laid out the premise of Mork and Mindy.
 
2012-08-30 01:15:57 PM  
Happy Days went straight into the crapper when they got rid of Bag.

/wanted a varsity jacket with Bag stitched on it when I was a kid
 
2012-08-30 01:23:24 PM  

Marty Devoid: Happy Days went straight into the crapper when they got rid of Bag the pilot aired on "Love, American Style".

/wanted a varsity jacket with Bag stitched on it when I was a kid


FTFY

As the article notes, while the first couple of seasons at least attempted to be a little bit more than just excuses to get Fonzie to say "Ayyyyyyyy" or "Sit on it", it still wasn't a good show even then.
 
2012-08-30 01:27:10 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Xaro: FirstNationalBastard: Xaro: I never realized that Mork and Mindy and Laverne and Shirley were Happy Days spin offs. Though looking at how they came to spin offs, these days they would be more like cross overs.

No, they would still be spin-offs.

Mork appeared on Happy Days firstto introduce him before he got his own show. Laverne and Shirley made appearances on Happy Days, which led to them getting their own show.

My bad then. The way I read it on Wikipedia, the characters appeared on Happy Days just as the other show was starting so they could tie into its popularity. Teach me to skim though an article.

I did the Wiki research just in case, and I was wrong but right.

Laverne and Shirley appeared on Happy Days in late '75 to give them exposure for their upcoming spin-off (which began in January '76).


Wasn't that the episode where Laverne got the old air-tight seal by Richie, Fonzie, and Ralph Malph in the alley behind Arnold's?

/Fonzie told her to sit on it, and she did.
 
2012-08-30 01:28:43 PM  
I hated that show with a passion as a kid because all the other kids saw the pilot and were screaming "AAAAYYYY" in the hallway and I had no idea what they were about.

Thirty years later I met Henry Winkler and he was tiny. I shook his hand, went on with my life and realized that it was actually Ron Howard who is the dark ruiner of things.
 
2012-08-30 01:29:52 PM  
I think the author fails to realize that the show always was a comedy and not a drama.
 
2012-08-30 01:29:52 PM  
What happened to the older brother? He disappeared in season 2
 
2012-08-30 01:31:01 PM  

Robo Beat: FirstNationalBastard: Xaro: FirstNationalBastard: Xaro: I never realized that Mork and Mindy and Laverne and Shirley were Happy Days spin offs. Though looking at how they came to spin offs, these days they would be more like cross overs.

No, they would still be spin-offs.

Mork appeared on Happy Days firstto introduce him before he got his own show. Laverne and Shirley made appearances on Happy Days, which led to them getting their own show.

My bad then. The way I read it on Wikipedia, the characters appeared on Happy Days just as the other show was starting so they could tie into its popularity. Teach me to skim though an article.

I did the Wiki research just in case, and I was wrong but right.

Laverne and Shirley appeared on Happy Days in late '75 to give them exposure for their upcoming spin-off (which began in January '76).

Wasn't that the episode where Laverne got the old air-tight seal by Richie, Fonzie, and Ralph Malph in the alley behind Arnold's?

/Fonzie told her to sit on it, and she did.


Indeed it was.

/and Potsie had to sit in the corner watching and singing "Puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-puh-Pump my dick" and using his own tears as lube.
 
2012-08-30 01:32:09 PM  

BalugaJoe: What happened to the older brother? He disappeared in season 2


He fell in love with the black guy who played the drums, and Howard disowned him.

/Howard was so pissed off, he stood in court, under oath, and said he only had two children.
 
2012-08-30 01:33:49 PM  
I saw Potsie in concert.
 
2012-08-30 01:46:38 PM  
At the time it must have sucked for Ron Howard, the star of the show, to see the show stolen by the sanitized hoodlum with magic powers. Subsequent events have probably eased the pain.

/Love Winkler on Children's Hospital
 
2012-08-30 01:47:10 PM  
If you ever get a chance to see the first dozen or so episodes, you will see the potential "Greatness" the show had. However, since it was slow to catch on and Americans are apparently too stupid to know when or how to laugh without a laugh track tacked on, the producers saw the writing on the wall and changed the show completely about mid-season. Took it on a far different track, one where catch phrases and one dimensional characters like "The Fonz" would rule.

Too bad they couldn't have stuck with the show that was closer to American Graffiti, rather than the Fonzie show and the eventually drift completely away from its roots.
 
2012-08-30 01:48:28 PM  
sharetv.org
Another Happy Days spin-off.

/nothing is obscure on Fark
 
2012-08-30 01:53:45 PM  

BalugaJoe: What happened to the older brother? He disappeared in season 2


He sat on it.
 
2012-08-30 01:58:19 PM  

orrinbloquy: I hated that show with a passion as a kid because all the other kids saw the pilot and were screaming "AAAAYYYY" in the hallway and I had no idea what they were about.

Thirty years later I met Henry Winkler and he was tiny. I shook his hand, went on with my life and realized that it was actually Ron Howard who is the dark ruiner of things.


www.odt.co.nz
AAAAYYYY
 
2012-08-30 02:12:08 PM  
Everybody was high. 3 channels.
No remotes.
This explains alot about the '70's.
And the ODAAT mom had nice boobs. All I remember from that show.
 
2012-08-30 02:14:46 PM  

stevetherobot: orrinbloquy: I hated that show with a passion as a kid because all the other kids saw the pilot and were screaming "AAAAYYYY" in the hallway and I had no idea what they were about.

Thirty years later I met Henry Winkler and he was tiny. I shook his hand, went on with my life and realized that it was actually Ron Howard who is the dark ruiner of things.

[www.odt.co.nz image 405x600]
AAAAYYYY


Why does that picture remind me so disturbingly much of Mitt Romney?
 
2012-08-30 02:21:56 PM  
img163.imageshack.us
 
2012-08-30 02:45:29 PM  
People always like to say how TV today is shiat, and while most of it is, the fact that we have more than three decent shows existing at once pretty much puts it ahead of any other time.
 
2012-08-30 02:48:23 PM  
Leave it to Beaver started out like that too. In the first season they had the alligator episode where they fired their black maid because they thought she was stealing Ward's hooch and seeing gators. Then they had the noir episode where Beaver thought the new neighbor was out to kill him because he was getting tangled up with his hot wife. Which produced the best line ever on LITB:

Hot Wife: I'll go to kitchen and get some milk and cookies. Why don't you sit here by the window.
Beaver: I don't like the set-up.
 
2012-08-30 02:51:26 PM  

browntimmy: People always like to say how TV today is shiat, and while most of it is, the fact that we have more than three decent shows existing at once pretty much puts it ahead of any other time.


Yet, at the same time, equal. In that most of tv is shiat. Most of tv used to be shiat. Most of tv is shiat now. And I'd be willing to bet that in the future, most of tv will be shiat.
 
2012-08-30 02:54:45 PM  

BalugaJoe: What happened to the older brother? He disappeared in season 2


His dismembered corpse is still in that attic he went to clean.
 
2012-08-30 03:01:15 PM  

Xaro: I never realized that Mork and Mindy and Laverne and Shirley were Happy Days spin offs. Though looking at how they came to spin offs, these days they would be more like cross overs.


After reading that episode it got me thinking, why is Fonzie jumping over a shark on water skis a sign that the show is going to have a decline in quality and become ridiculous, when it was a year earlier that Fonzie met an alien.
 
2012-08-30 03:09:25 PM  

vudukungfu: Nothing killed an adolescent boner faster than a close up of Joanie.


www.celebrities-photo-gallery.com

You mad.
 
2012-08-30 03:17:21 PM  

Bongo Blue: And the ODAAT mom had nice boobs. All I remember from that show.


Nope.

img837.imageshack.us
 
2012-08-30 03:19:37 PM  

mechgreg: Xaro: I never realized that Mork and Mindy and Laverne and Shirley were Happy Days spin offs. Though looking at how they came to spin offs, these days they would be more like cross overs.

After reading that episode it got me thinking, why is Fonzie jumping over a shark on water skis a sign that the show is going to have a decline in quality and become ridiculous, when it was a year earlier that Fonzie met an alien.


And it was before that when Fonzie jumped a row of cars. Incremental steps. The shark jump was a bigger event, coming during a three-part single-camera road-trip. The shark jump itself was a cliff-hanger. The "to be continued" came during a freeze frame of him mid-air. Moreover, "jump the shark" has more meaning and impact than "meet the alien" which sounds like driving over to the Home Depot parking lot to hire a day labourer.

When did WWII start in Europe and/or among European powers? When did WWII start in East Asia? Same problem with incremental steps and impactful events.
 
2012-08-30 03:23:41 PM  
It was only later we realized that the 30ish guy who called the men's room where all the high school kids hung out his "office" probably wasn't that cool after all.
 
2012-08-30 03:24:45 PM  
To clarify, by "The shark jump was a bigger event, coming during a three-part single-camera road-trip. The shark jump itself was a cliff-hanger. The "to be continued" came during a freeze frame of him mid-air." I was referring to a bigger event than meeting Mork. The car jump was also a two-parter with the "to be continued" coming mid-jump.

At least the shark jump had the question in people mind as to whether Fonzie would clear the shark, since he crashed in the earlier car jump.
 
2012-08-30 03:31:11 PM  

Millennium: Why does that picture remind me so disturbingly much of Mitt Romney?


p.twimg.com

AAAAYYYY! Tax cuts for the wealthy!
 
2012-08-30 03:31:12 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: It was only later we realized that the 30ish guy who called the men's room where all the high school kids hung out his "office" probably wasn't that cool after all.


One could argue that the real "jump the shark" moment when the show became stupid is when the rebuilt Arnold's opened, with Fonzie's desk, office phone, and files actually in the damn men's room. Seriously, you are calculating your payroll, talking on the phone with one of your suppliers, and so-forth, and guys keep coming into your office and pissing in the urinals, squeezing out turds in the stall next to you, washing up (or not washing up).
 
2012-08-30 03:35:44 PM  

gunga galunga: BalugaJoe: What happened to the older brother? He disappeared in season 2

His dismembered corpse is still in that attic he went to clean.


Wrong.

He later showed up on an episode of MASH where he died after Frank Burns fails to properly sew up his intestinal tract and he developed acute sepsis. Even the heroic efforts of Trapper and Hawkeye fail to save him. This is never mention on "Happy Days" because the producers thought it would be too much of a downer just as the series was gaining popularity. Colonel Blake must later deal with a letter from a very upset Marion Cunningham asking why her son died. It was intended to tie in what was happening in America during the Korean War but never saw air time on Happy Days.
 
2012-08-30 03:43:54 PM  
The show's popularity can be attributed to Fonzie (50%), Richie (45%), and a little of everyone else.
 
2012-08-30 03:45:46 PM  

Angry Buddha: Bongo Blue: And the ODAAT mom had nice boobs. All I remember from that show.

Nope.


I said everybody was high!
That being said, that's not a very flattering pic. Eeeww!
 
2012-08-30 03:54:56 PM  
Ralph Malph was better when he was Eric.

images.quizfarm.com
 
2012-08-30 03:55:31 PM  

JohnBigBootay: browntimmy: People always like to say how TV today is shiat, and while most of it is, the fact that we have more than three decent shows existing at once pretty much puts it ahead of any other time.

Yet, at the same time, equal. In that most of tv is shiat. Most of tv used to be shiat. Most of tv is shiat now. And I'd be willing to bet that in the future, most of tv will be shiat.


Sturgeon's law.

I'd say that TV today hits higher highs but also lower lows. There was no conceivable way something like Game of Thrones or Mad Men would ever appear on 70s TV but then again neither would Toddlers and Tiaras or Jersey Shore.
 
2012-08-30 03:57:51 PM  

Sybarite: Also, this happened. THIS HAPPENED!

[i.ytimg.com image 480x360]


Boom! That's right! This is all happening!! You cannot change the channel now!
 
2012-08-30 04:06:48 PM  
2.bp.blogspot.com

That is all.
 
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