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Happy Days

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Happy Days
Created byGarry Marshall
StarringRon Howard (1974-1980) regular
(1981-1984) special guest appearances
Henry Winkler
Tom Bosley
Marion Ross
Anson Williams
Donny Most (1974-1981)
Gavan O'Herlihy (1974-1975)
Erin Moran (1974-1982, 1983-1984)
Al Molinaro
Scott Baio (1977-1982, 1983-1984)
Cathy Silvers (1980-1983)
Ted McGinley(1981-1984)
Ellen Travolta
Roz Kelly
Linda Purl
Pat Morita
Lynda Goodfriend
Billy Warlock (1982-1983)
Heather O' Rourke (1982)
Crystal Bernard (1982-1983)
Opening themeBill Haley & His Comets (1974-1975)
Norman Gimble with Charlie Fox (1977-1983)
Bobby Avron (1983-1984)
Ending themePratt and McClain (1974-1975)
Norman Gimble with Charlie Fox (1975-1983)
Bobby Avron (1983-1984)
ComposersJohn Beal, Frank Comstock, James Patrick Dunne, Dan Foliart, Charles Fox, Jack Hayes, Pete King
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons11
No. of episodes255 (List of episodes)
Running timeapprox. 22 minutes per episode
Original release
ReleaseJanuary 15, 1974 (1974-01-15) –
June 12, 1984 (1984-06-12)
The New Love, American Style

Happy Days is an American television sitcom. It was originally aired on ABC between January 15, 1974 and June 12, 1984. It stars Ron Howard, and has several spin-offs. It is set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1950s and 1960s.

History[change | change source]

Jumping the shark[change | change source]

The term "jumping the shark", meaning when a good show goes bad, usually because of one or more major mistakes or running out of ideas, originated in a two-part episode of Happy Days. The episode was about Fonzie jumping a shark. This is thought to be the moment where the show started going downhill.