Posts Tagged ‘“Happy Days”’

Archive Lovebirds: Your Favorite TV Couples!

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Sometimes a couple just has chemistry. You can’t always define exactly why two people fit together so perfectly, but you can almost see the sparks fly when halves so seamlessly make a whole. Luckily for all of us, television has provided many of these terrific twosomes over the years — couples that we can’t wait to see argue and make up, scheme and fall flat, or visit with nosy neighbors. TV’s power couples make us want to tune in week after week, or daily if applicable, to watch magic happen over and over again.

Throughout the years The Archive has been privileged to interview some of television’s favorite couples. And although their on-screen romances didn’t carry over into real life, these couples still displayed an awful lot of love and respect for each other when out of character. Have a look for yourself:

Sherman Hemsley and Isabel Sanford, The Jeffersons‘ George and Weezy:

Anthony Geary and Genie Francis, soap opera super-couple Luke and Laura of General Hospital:

Tom Bosley and Marion Ross, Mr. and Mrs. C (Cunningham) on Happy Days:

And last but not least, Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore, Rob and Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show:

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! May you all find the George to your Weezy!

- by Adrienne Faillace

The Fonz Jumps The Shark!

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

35 years ago today, on September 20, 1977, Happy Days aired an episode in which the gang travels to California for Fonzie’s screen test. The Fonz is challenged to waterski over a shark, and dressed in swim trunks and his trademark leather jacket, he accepts the challenge:

Here’s the pivotal “jump the shark” scene:

The episode marked the beginning of the show’s fifth season, and Happy Days remained on air for an additional six. In 1997, web guru/radio personality Jon Hein created the site www.jumptheshark.com, using Happy Days’ “jump the shark” moment as the ultimate indicator of when a TV show begins to decline. The website pointed out such moments in hundreds of television shows, and the phrase “jump the shark” quickly became pop culture lingo, essentially meaning the beginning of the end, or utilizing gimmick over quality. (The site now connects to TV Guide’s list of “jump the shark ” moments.)

Here’s what the Fonz himself, Henry Winkler, had to say about jumping the shark:

Learn more about Happy Days at our show page and watch Henry Winkler’s full Archive interview.

Garry Marshall Inducted into NAB Hall of Fame

Monday, April 16th, 2012

This afternoon show creator/producer Garry Marshall will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters’ Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the 2012 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Marshall created some of TV’s most entertaining programs: Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy … and honed his skills as a writer earlier in his career on The Joey Bishop Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Lucy Show. Marshall was inducted into 13th Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2004.

In the clip below, Marshall and the Happy Days cast recall the controversy over The Fonz’s now-iconic leather jacket:

Congratulations, Garry!!

Watch Garry Marshall’s full Archive interview.

You Can Own The Fonz’s Motorcycle!

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Arthur Fonzarelli’s motorcycle is up for sale!  The famous bike will be sold on November 12 by Bonhams at their annual Classic California Sale at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The late Bud Ekins owned the motorcycle, a 1949 Triumph Trophy TR5 Scrambler that he customized for use on Happy Days by removing the fender, spray painting the tank silver, and replacing the handle bars. The bike is expected to sell for between $60,000 and $80,000.

Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham), Happy Days creator Garry Marshall, and The Fonz himself, Henry Winkler, spoke of Fonzie’s motorcycle in their Archive Interviews. Did you know Henry Winkler couldn’t actually ride the motorcycle?

Learn more about Happy Days by visiting our show page:
http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/shows/happy-days