‘Happy Days’ is an American television sitcom that ran from 1974 to 1985. Over 225 30 minute episodes have been aired over the show’s 11 seasons. The show was created by Gary Marshall and it was supposed to depict life in the mid 1950’s to mid 1960’s in the United States of America. Not only was it one of the highest rated shows of the 1970’s but it is still remembered and talked about to this day.
The reunion of the cast, albeit due to a sad reason, was certainly a sight to see.
Read on to find out more on the ‘Happy Days’ reunion.
The show revolved around the lives of Richie Cunningham and his buddy, Potsie, as they endure life at Jefferson High. It was set in the 1950’s in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and focuses on the growth and maturation of the high school students. Eventually, Richie would go off to college and then the army. (Spoiler alert?)
The name ‘Fonzie’ or ‘The Fonz’ is still recognizable to this day for the character that was depicted on the show.
Originally cast as a secondary character, Fonzie soon became the fan favorite for his biker, high school dropout and ladies’ man attitude.
Fonzie was so popular that one episode was designed to incite more kids to take up reading, Fonzie would visit a library and pick out a book (despite his bad boy reputation.)
In the show, The Fonz was quoted as saying: ‘everybody is allowed to read.’ That subsequent week, library card registrations shot up nearly 500 per cent.
Fonzie was known for his love and fondness of motorcycles. However, the actor playing Fonzie, Henry Winkler, was absolutely terrified of them. Any motorcycle scenes were shot with the bike attached to a platform and towed by a truck.
The Cunningham family albeit fictional in familial relationships has created some actual, genuine friendships.
In a recent reunion, the cast of ‘Happy Days’ came together in order to honor their late costar, Erin Moran. Erin passed away due to stage 4 cancer at the premature age of 56 on April 22.
Erin played the role of Joanie Cunningham and she even earned a short spin-off series titled ‘Joanie Loves Chachi’.
The cast, which included, Scott Baio, Cathy Silvers, Marion Ross, Anson Williams, Ron Howard, and Don Most, were seen together at Erin’s memorial service.
In an interview, Cathy said: ‘it was very emotional. We were a private family and a public family. It’s an interesting dynamic. It was bittersweet and very loving and a lot of laughter and a lot of tears.’
Ron Howard who played Erin’s on-screen brother during the time of the show said: ‘it’s been a rough time. I had no idea she was ill whatsoever.’
Henry Winkler, the actor who plays Fonzie, was unable to partake in the memorial since he was preoccupied with promoting his upcoming children’s book ‘Here’s Hank: Hooray! My Butt Left The Bench!’
However, Henry did release a statement revealing his love and admiration for his costar.
‘I will always remember Erin with her sweet smile that greeted me on the very first day I walked onto the set of ‘Happy Days’ in 1974.’
He continued by saying: ‘she was only nine years old. For the next 10 years, her smile never faded. Unfortunately, yesterday it did. My condolences go out to her family. She will always be locked in my heart.’