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Happy Days
Format Sitcom
Created by Garry Marshall
Starring Ron 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 theme Bill Haley & His Comets (1974-1975)
Norman Gimble with Charlie Fox (1977-1983)
Bobby Avron (1983-1984)
Ending theme Pratt and McClain (1974-1975)
Norman Gimble with Charlie Fox (1975-1983)
Bobby Avron (1983-1984)
Composer(s) John Beal, Frank Comstock, James Patrick Dunne, Dan Foliart, Charles Fox, Jack Hayes, Pete King
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 11
No. of episodes 255 (List of episodes)
Running time approx. 22 minutes per episode
Original channel ABC
Original run January 15, 1974 –
June 12, 1984
Preceded by Love, American Style
Followed by Laverne & Shirley
Blansky's Beauties
Mork & Mindy
Out of the Blue
Joanie Loves Chachi
Related shows The New Love, American Style

Happy Days is an American TV show that 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.


Jumping the shark

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 The Fonz jumping a shark. This is thought to be the moment where the show started going downhill.