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The show Happy Days came from the golden era of sit-coms, when they were able to stay on the air for more than a year... and actually had a chance to become iconic. Therefore, we've got some awesome content out of our televisions for a pretty extended period of time in there.

Now, this isn't to say there aren't some good sit-coms around today. I think [Brooklyn Nine-Nine](series:1017903), [The Mindy Project](series:722142), [The Big Bang Theory](series:200751), and [Fresh Off the Boat](series:1683318) are solid current sit-coms just to name a few... however, I think what's missing is a show that it seems like everyone and their momma is watching. And that's what Happy Days was, without a shadow of a doubt.

It ran from 1974-1984 and won the hearts of fans across the country.

Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli (played by Henry Winkler)

I've said it before and I'll say it again - Fonzie was and may forever be the most swagged out character in television history. I know it seems audacious to say so, but like... Neil Patrick Harris on [How I Met Your Mother](series:200728) is pretty much nothing compared to what Fonzie was. He was comedy, he was looks, he really had it all.

One thing you may not know is that Henry Winkler is 5'6". Not a huge deal, but yeah... he's 5'6". I had no idea. He stayed incredibly active in the comedy and TV scene, ending up on [Parks and Recreation](series:214218) and [Arrested Development](movie:38917) most notably and recently.

Richie Cunningham (Played by Ron Howard)

Richie Cunningham was undeniably a cutie then, and he still is now. I can't even really deny that his boyish good looks remained even in old age. He was the All-American white guy that the show originally was centered around, until Fonzie kind of blew up his spot.

Howard, more recently, is most well-known for his filmmaking and producing prowess. He's become one of Hollywood's guys. Just killing it on pretty much every project he's connected to, whether that's [Arrested Development](movie:38917), [Rush](movie:739939) (one of my favorite underrated films from about a year ago), Curious George, and much much more.

Marion Cunningham (Played by Marion Ross)

Marion (the character) was the upbeat and hilarious mom character from the show. Also iconic, her character worked perfect at the time. Once again, she was super All-American like Howard's character - a homemaker of sorts.

She's since played a lot of parts, voice and acting. One of her lowkey most memorable roles in my mind is still "Grandma Squarepants" from [SpongeBob SquarePants](series:721011).

Howard Cunningham (Played by Tom Bosley)

Howard, along with Fonzie, were the only two characters to appear in every episode of the show. He was the owner of "Cunningham's Hardware", kind of the typical American dad before [American Dad!](series:721012) Admittedly, the show was good but a little old-fashioned and most of the Cunninghams fit that old-school American mold.

Sadly, Mr. Bosley passed away in 2010, but he will always be remembered for his role on one of the most popular series' of all time.

Joanie Cunningham (Played by Erin Moran)

Fonzie, as amazing as he is dubbed her "Shortcake". She's Richie's little sister and kind of gets him into trouble from time to time. She had a thing with Chachi, that ended up sparking a TV series - Joanie Loves Chachi.

Nowadays, she's still acting and was on Celebrity Fit Club, which promotes wellness, exercise and healthy eating - plus, it has celebrities.

Warren "Potsie" Weber (Played by Anson Williams)

Potsie started as Richie's best friend, and he is an aspiring singer. He later kind of becomes a dufus of sorts on the show, and his character gets less developed towards the end.

Anson Williams was also known for The Secret Life of the American Teenager (2008) and The Cape (1996).

Ralph Malph (Played by Don Most)

In the first season, Ralph was more of a side character to plots, but when Most became a main cast member in season two, Ralph was more commonly seen, and he, Richie, and Potsie (these two also later became roommates) became the three amigos. His go-to post-joke phrase was "I still got it!"

Nowadays, Don Most does a lot of voice acting, but also was heavily involved in a lawsuit involving the show and getting underpaid for merchandising.

Alfred "Al" Delvecchio (Played by Al Molinaro)

Al was known for always known for sighing "Yeeep, yep, yep, yep, yep" when he was disappointed or when things did not go his way. He was the cook/owner of the show's drive-in.

Nowadays, Al is retired and still kicking back and enjoying the success of the series at AGE 95!

Chachi Arcola (Played by Scott Baio)

Chachi was Fonzie's younger cousin and later Al Delvecchio's stepson. Chachi eventually dated and later married Joanie Cunningham.

Scott Baio was the titular character on the sitcom Charles in Charge and the main character in the musical Bugsy Malone. He is also known for his role as Dr. Jack Stewart in the medical-mystery-drama series Diagnosis: Murder.


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