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I fear for Happy Days
144 replies to this topic
Posted August 21 2004 - 06:05 AM
The difference, for me, between the first and second season fonzie compared to the 3rd through 11th season is that the first two seasons... kind of rude.
Posted August 21 2004 - 06:41 AM
|The funny thing about the title of this thread is that my fear was that people raised on Happy Days from season 3 onwards (live audience, Fonzie-mania, wacky plots) would be turned off by the style of the early episodes. But I think that most fans of the later episodes like the early episodes, once they get used to the style.|
No, but those of us who started watching the show from the beginning were turned off by season 3 onward. Also, at what point did they stop existing in the 50s and transport themselves to a netherworld where time didn't exist? Modern music, modern hairstyles, etc. Blansky's Beauties, Mork and Mindy, shows spun off on HD episodes, didn't take place in the 50s. At some point all semblance of logic ceased and the show became a cartoon.
Posted August 21 2004 - 07:59 AM
The thing about the early Fonzie is that you can see why he became so popular and why he displaced Potsie as Richie's main confidante (Potsie was already lessening in importance by the end of the first season, and Chuck, of course, was pratcially off the map, though he did appear a few times in season 2). Henry Winkler did an amazing job of making you forget his small size and conveying coolness by his movements and body language. In season 2 they actually did a lot more Fonzie stories -- but always in the context of Richie being the main character. But when they moved to the live audience, it became the Fonzie show, also starring Richie. Worse, because of Fonzie's popularity with kids, they made him a role model -- whereas the early Fonzie is interesting because he's obviously not a good role model, and Howard's not always happy about his son hanging around this guy, and Fonzie's advice to Richie isn't always good, and he's clearly kind of lonely and sad underneath. That got stripped away when they made him a good role model.
Posted August 21 2004 - 08:39 AM
I thought they included Gavan O'Herlihy in the opening credit sequence to some of the episodes of Happy Days... what gives? Where is he? I've seen photos of his credit sequence online... but in the first season on the DVD... he's nowhere to be found, only on the end credit sequence.
Posted August 21 2004 - 10:15 AM
They Made Fonzie Dean of a Prep School for Cripes sake I mean come on.
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