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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 17
    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 01:47:10 PM  
3 votes:
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 04:50:33 PM  
2 votes:

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 04:41:09 PM  
1 votes:

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 04:33:13 PM  
1 votes:

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 03:54:56 PM  
1 votes:
Ralph Malph was better when he was Eric.

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2012-08-30 03:31:12 PM  
1 votes:

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 02:51:26 PM  
1 votes:

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 02:14:46 PM  
1 votes:

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 02:12:08 PM  
1 votes:
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 01:48:28 PM  
1 votes:
sharetv.org
Another Happy Days spin-off.

/nothing is obscure on Fark
2012-08-30 01:29:52 PM  
1 votes:
I think the author fails to realize that the show always was a comedy and not a drama.
2012-08-30 01:28:43 PM  
1 votes:
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 01:06:40 PM  
1 votes:

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 01:02:28 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:19:40 PM  
1 votes:
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 12:16:57 PM  
1 votes:
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 08:48:36 AM  
1 votes:
Also, this happened. THIS HAPPENED!

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