The first run of the sitcom, Happy Days, is composed of more than 250 episodes, spanning from 1974 to 1984. The show was destined to capture its audience’s imagination through a nostalgic approach, beckoning them to revisit life in the Midwestern United States back in the fifties and sixties. As the name suggests, Happy Days was reminiscent of a simpler and more idealistic outlook on life.
Its first season was mildly received, but Happy Days would gradually permeate the viewing public’s psyche. Before they knew it, the show had already established itself in their hearts; new additions, and story shifts would make viewers exceedingly fond of it. The show would eventually become one of the most successful series in television history. In a similar manner to the show’s retrospective vision, join us as we uncover where the stars of the beloved show are today. Read on for some surprising discoveries.
The Characters Names Were Inspired From Garry Marshall’s Life
It wouldn’t be the first time a show’s creator would name a character or two after a person close to him or her; names derived from people one knows personally, makes the cast of characters easier to remember, especially if you match up personality traits or make the naming choices significant in one way or another.
In the case of The Fonz, Gary Marshall wanted the character to have his original surname. So it should have been Arthur Masciarelli. But he liked the sound of “The Fonz” better than “The Mash,” so he decided to change it before the production started. He made a sound decision.