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Years: 1974, 1975
Genre: TV series, Comedy
Country: United States
Starring: Henry Winkler, Ron Howard, Tom Bosley, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Anson Williams, Donny Most
DVD distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
I was really hoping that the Happy Days Fan Favorites DVD, out March 6th from Paramount Home Entertainment, would include the jumping the shark episode. But it doesn’t. One of the most iconic moments in television history, and just because it was STUPID, and it RUINED THE SHOW, they left it off the best of list.
Then again, there was an awful lot of stuff left off that list. Like, the final eight seasons of the show. All eight episodes are from the first two seasons, when Fonzie was a secondary character and Ralph Malph and Potsie had a lot of screen time.
The first episode on the disc is the first ever episode of the show, where Richie Cunningham gets a date with a girl who has the reputation of putting out. But then she doesn’t. There’s a Hallowe’en episode involving a party at a haunted house, and a Christmas episode where Fonzie pretends he’s going to his aunt’s house out of town but the Cunninghams know he is going to be alone and conspire to get him over to their house for Christmas dinner.
This is all fine, they’re good episodes and I like Happy Days, but are these really the fan favorites? The pilot, the Hallowe’en episode, the Christmas episode? It feels like this is a best-of chosen by a focus group rather than actual fans. Maybe that’s because the fan poll was taken on facebook, and there are only nine people on all of facebook who actually remember the original run of Happy Days.