Archive for April 6th, 2018

Jared Dec and Trevor D. Nigg have again brought film scholarship to the most engaging of terms in their latest magnificent podcast, this time on the Polish master Krzysztof Kieslowski.  truly an essential discussion by these two cinematic wunderkinds:


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by Lucille Juliano

Happy Days first appeared on television as part of another popular TV series in 1972 on ABC.  Originally titled “Love and the Television Set”, “Love and the Happy Days” was a vignette on Love, American Style.  The segment starred a few members of the soon to be cast of Happy Days.  Ron Howard was one of these stars.  As a result of his performance, he was chosen for a part in the movie American Graffiti and the rest is history.

The sitcom takes place in Milwaukee, WI during the late 50s and early 60s and centers around the Cunningham family and their “adopted” son, Fonzie.  The first two seasons concentrated on family situations involving Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard), his parents Howard and Marion (Tom Bosley, Marion Ross), his sister Joanie (Erin Moran), and his brother Chuck (only appeared in seasons 1 and 2).  There were also situations that centered around Richie and his two best friends, Ralph and Potsie played by Donny Most and Anson Williams.  Some of the show’s best moments happen while Richie and his friends are at Arnold’s especially when they interact with Arnold (Pat Morita) the owner.  During these early seasons, Arthur Fonzarelli (“The Fonz”) played by Henry Winkler was not a main character.  He was merely a cool biker dude, high school dropout, and a mechanic that appeared in the show here and there.  Garry Marshall, the show’s creator, decided to put Fonzie into the forefront with all his “coolness” for the third season.  This decision resulted in Happy Days becoming extremely popular and its ratings soared right to the top.  In fact, Fonzie is considered to have been one of the most marketable characters of the 1970s.  The show remained on the air for eleven seasons. (more…)

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