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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
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2012-08-30 04:15:26 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?


You weren't missing much. He really started rambling.
 
2012-08-30 04:17:03 PM
At least Henry's not covered in bees.
 
2012-08-30 04:17:49 PM

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

Nope.

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I'm with Bongo Blue...
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/hot, like Bonnie
 
2012-08-30 04:33:13 PM

Persnickety: 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.


There's a lot of truth to that. Characters and situations had far less nuance. People who disagree with or oppose the protagonist are either bad guys or they just misunderstand and are brought around by the end of the episode. Ethical and moral questions tended to be black and white. The "right" answer was usually revealed.

"Writing" in terms of creating stories and concepts, was often outstanding. "Writing" (meaning dialogue and such) was stilted, and often burdened by clumsy exposition, and suffering from all of the failings I listed in the preceding paragraph. A good way to illustrate this is to compare early classic era Doctor Who with NuWho. What wonderful stories were told back then, such interesting creatures and concepts -- but the dialogue seemed to combine the worst aspects of radio and the worst aspects of live theatre. A good and easy example is what Ian said when he and Barbara followed Susan into the I M Foreman junkyard in "An Unearthly Child", and discovered the TARDIS. "Susan, do you see this? Why it looks like a police box. But we're in a junk yard. What would a police box be doing in a junk yard? [hum starts, Ian exaggeratedly leans toward the TARDIS inquisitively] Do you hear that? It's a humming sound. It sounds like it's coming from inside of the police box? Why would a police box have humming noise coming from it?" It reeked of "See Dick run."
 
2012-08-30 04:34:55 PM

jj325: 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


Not likely. Remember, he'd been in the business for decades even then. He was, and is, a pro. as long as he's making the $$ I'm sure he coulda cared less. It's not like he wasnt already a farking icon.
 
2012-08-30 04:35:15 PM
Way late, DRTFA, but after it was bad, it got even worse. Ron Howard left, they said Richie joined the army. Jenny f'ing Piccolo married Richie Cunningham over the phone.
Fonzie fell in love with a single mom (wasn't this around the same time Shirley/Cindy Williams was pregnant out of wedlock in real life?) and they tried to center the last episodes around them. The daughter was Heather O'Rourke, long since deceased little girl from Poltergeist.

Fonzie grew a beard and became a shop teacher and taught some guy how to build a carburetor.
Fonzie went temporarily blind and rebuilt his motorcycle.
Fonzie was afraid to go to the dentist and had a hard time eating corn on the cob.
Joanie and Chachi moved to Chicago and Chachi's job was going to be to turn on the lights at a stadium (I don't recall if it was Wrigley or Soldier or Comiskey or what) Chachi and Joanie were going to sleep in the same bed and Fonzie intervened so it wouldn't happen.
Fonzie's bike broke down on the night he was going to be Joanie's partner at an all-night dance contest. He was exhausted from pushing his bike some ridiculous amount of miles. Losing a side bet meant that he was going to have to get a crew cut, so he got up and did some Russian-style dancing and won.

These were real episodes I saw 30 years ago and am conjuring just from memory. I don't think I've watched a rerun in 20 years. The show was terrible, but I loved it at the time and had to watch it whenever it was on.
 
2012-08-30 04:41:09 PM

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

Nope.

I'm with Bongo Blue...
/hot, like Bonnie


In the seventies, we really reaped the rewards of the burn-the-bra movement. Bonnie Franklin, Debralee Scott, Sally Kellerman, Jaye P. Morgan, a wonderful assortment of actresses on Charlie's Angels and Battle of the Network Stars, and more. Side boob, soft sweater kittens swaying about, nurturing nipples teasing you through a thin blouse; so nice. On the downside, pantyhose was still the rage and there was far less bare leg than that to which we are accustomed now.
 
2012-08-30 04:50:33 PM

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

Nope.

I'm with Bongo Blue...
/hot, like Bonnie

In the seventies, we really reaped the rewards of the burn-the-bra movement. Bonnie Franklin, Debralee Scott, Sally Kellerman, Jaye P. Morgan, a wonderful assortment of actresses on Charlie's Angels and Battle of the Network Stars, and more. Side boob, soft sweater kittens swaying about, nurturing nipples teasing you through a thin blouse; so nice. On the downside, pantyhose was still the rage and there was far less bare leg than that to which we are accustomed now.


The Password is: Sideboob. (Maybe NSFW)
 
2012-08-30 04:54:35 PM

FirstNationalBastard: The Password is: Sideboob. (Maybe NSFW)


Oh, I know all about that clip. What a wonderful lady she was.
 
2012-08-30 04:58:19 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).

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.


When I was young I was confused at to how the TV show Happy Days was from the 1950's while Mork and Mindy was taking place in the (then) present. I thought Happy Days was really filmed (in front of a live studio audience) in the 50's.
 
2012-08-30 05:06:17 PM

TV's Vinnie: Ralph Malph was better when he was Eric.

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Fun fact: the character of Eric was foisted onto the producers of the Dungeons & Dragons cartoon because the network caved into parents groups. Back in the 80s, it was believed that programs for children should have a character that has bad things happen to them when he tries to do things differently instead of dutifully conforming with the masses.

[citation]

/obey
//conform
///consume
 
2012-08-30 05:20:58 PM
What is sad is that on one of my visits to the kid's high school, there were over a dozen writers for "happy days" listed on the alumni hall of fame.
 
2012-08-30 05:21:14 PM

Dear Jerk: I saw Potsie in concert.


I saw Potsie in a Dunkin Donuts.

Just sayin'
 
2012-08-30 05:23:05 PM

old_toole: Dear Jerk: I saw Potsie in concert.

I saw Potsie in a Dunkin Donuts.

Just sayin'


I saw Potsie get busy in a Burger King bathroom.
 
2012-08-30 05:33:28 PM

FirstNationalBastard: old_toole: Dear Jerk: I saw Potsie in concert.

I saw Potsie in a Dunkin Donuts.

Just sayin'

I saw Potsie get busy in a Burger King bathroom.


I saw Potsie in a McDonald's bathroom. The manager came in to chew him out for mopping the floor while customers were using it.
 
2012-08-30 06:12:02 PM

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

Nope.

I'm with Bongo Blue...
/hot, like Bonnie

In the seventies, we really reaped the rewards of the burn-the-bra movement. Bonnie Franklin, Debralee Scott, Sally Kellerman, Jaye P. Morgan, a wonderful assortment of actresses on Charlie's Angels and Battle of the Network Stars, and more. Side boob, soft sweater kittens swaying about, nurturing nipples teasing you through a thin blouse; so nice. On the downside, pantyhose was still the rage and there was far less bare leg than that to which we are accustomed now.


Ah yes, the bubbling cauldron of pure sex that was Bonnie Franklin...I kept waiting for her and Schneider to end up in bed together but it never happened.
 
2012-08-30 06:21:14 PM

zappaisfrank: Ah yes, the bubbling cauldron of pure sex that was Bonnie Franklin...I kept waiting for her and Schneider to end up in bed together but it never happened.


At first, she was still sctupping the girls' dad once in a while. Later, she hooked up with Dr. Johnny Fever.

You know damn well that Julie was getting passed back and forth between Schneider and her dad.
 
2012-08-30 06:23:06 PM

FirstNationalBastard: I believe it can be summed up with

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


imagemacros.files.wordpress.com

/gawd what an annoying song
//saw it first run, was surprised when they cut it for syndication...Happy Days Again
 
2012-08-30 08:08:25 PM

Rusty Shackleford: 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.


Either you are getting old, or you read the article which said the same thing.
 
2012-08-30 08:16:12 PM

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


"No, I reeaaally like Potsie."

"We heard you the first time son: you have a sexual attraction to Potsie."

/Obscure?
 
2012-08-30 08:57:51 PM

xria: Which in turn was a spin-off from a "Love, American Style" segment entitled "Love and the Happy Day."
/wow, I am getting old.
Either you are getting old, or you read the article which said the same thing.


Or, more accurately, mis-read the article and/or mis-remembers.

It wasn't a spin-off of Love American Style; its unsold pilot ended up there to recoup some of the cost. Garry Marshall wrote a pilot script, "New Family in Town", and got it produced. He shopped it around, but nobody wanted to pick up a series. So he sold it to Love, American Style where many pilots went to died. The episode was re-titled "Love and the Happy Days" in keeping with LAS' titling protocol of "Love and..." (just like Friends would use "The One With ..." or The Man from UNCLE used "The .... Affair".).

Ron Howard, until then typecast as Opie, was able with that to convince George Lucas to cast him in American Graffiti.

The popularity of that film -- as well as the musical nostalgia that Sha Na Na spurred on at Woodstock and elsewhere, and the musical Grease, and the MASH movie and M*A*S*H TV series that followed in 1972 -- caused network executives to frantically want a 1950s / early 60s show to capitalise on that fad. ABC remembered that Gary Marshall had something along those lines -- and with Ron Howard no less -- so they called him back in and greenlighted [why is it not greenlit?] Happy Days. Howard, Ross, and Williams returned. and the women who played Richie's date and her mother guest-appeared. The rest were re-cast.
 
2012-08-31 02:48:10 AM

Rapmaster2000: 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?


That show was considered quite racy and edgy in it's day.
 
2012-08-31 04:29:33 AM

MFAWG: Rapmaster2000: 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?

That show was considered quite racy and edgy in it's day.


Happy Days was the weak link in that lineup. Either you're lying or you have no farking taste whatsoever
 
2012-08-31 10:28:00 AM

HopScotchNSoda: In the seventies, we really reaped the rewards of the burn-the-bra movement. Bonnie Franklin, Debralee Scott, Sally Kellerman, Jaye P. Morgan, a wonderful assortment of actresses on Charlie's Angels and Battle of the Network Stars, and more. Side boob, soft sweater kittens swaying about, nurturing nipples teasing you through a thin blouse; so nice. On the downside, pantyhose was still the rage and there was far less bare leg than that to which we are accustomed now.


Been DVR'ing the Battle of the Network Stars reruns on ESPN Classic of late, just for the sheer cheesiness of it. The dunk tank is a highlight.

/Make that two highlights.
 
2012-08-31 10:35:47 AM

HopScotchNSoda: Ron Howard, until then typecast as Opie, was able with that to convince George Lucas to cast him in American Graffiti.


While I am not saying you're wrong, I find it highly unlikely that Ron Howard had to do the convincing. It's much more likely that they had to convince HIM to do it, not the other way around.

But I have no knowledge of the actual process, just guessing.
 
2012-08-31 11:10:43 AM

Madbassist1: HopScotchNSoda: Ron Howard, until then typecast as Opie, was able with that to convince George Lucas to cast him in American Graffiti.
While I am not saying you're wrong, I find it highly unlikely that Ron Howard had to do the convincing. It's much more likely that they had to convince HIM to do it, not the other way around.
But I have no knowledge of the actual process, just guessing.


You are thinking of Ron Howard now, ex-TV star, hugely successful film director-producer.

Back then, the dude was little Opie. Period. He was as typecast then as Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) was, or as the Brady kids or the Partridge Family would be a few years later. He was in no position to make demands. Nobody was courting him. When Lucas cast him, the reaction by others when they heard (audience, studio execs, co-star Cindy Williams, et al.) was, "Opie? Really? You're putting Opie in this? Really?"
 
2012-08-31 05:42:43 PM

Madbassist1: MFAWG: Rapmaster2000: 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?

That show was considered quite racy and edgy in it's day.

Happy Days was the weak link in that lineup. Either you're lying or you have no farking taste whatsoever


It could also be that I'm really quite old and remember barely pubescent Valerie Bertinelli quite well.
 
2012-09-01 02:04:05 PM

HopScotchNSoda: Madbassist1: HopScotchNSoda: Ron Howard, until then typecast as Opie, was able with that to convince George Lucas to cast him in American Graffiti.
While I am not saying you're wrong, I find it highly unlikely that Ron Howard had to do the convincing. It's much more likely that they had to convince HIM to do it, not the other way around.
But I have no knowledge of the actual process, just guessing.

You are thinking of Ron Howard now, ex-TV star, hugely successful film director-producer.

Back then, the dude was little Opie. Period. He was as typecast then as Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) was, or as the Brady kids or the Partridge Family would be a few years later. He was in no position to make demands. Nobody was courting him. When Lucas cast him, the reaction by others when they heard (audience, studio execs, co-star Cindy Williams, et al.) was, "Opie? Really? You're putting Opie in this? Really?"


You're wrong. [citation needed] bub.
 
2012-09-02 12:45:26 PM
It could also be that I'm really quite old and remember barely pubescent Valerie Bertinelli quite well.


/I'm right there w/you dude... now git owf m'lawn...
 
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