"Happy Days" Ended On This Night 1984


Via UltimateClassicRock.com. Happy Days was a monster hit for ABC, it was top 5 in the ratings for 3 straight years and the number one show on television for the 1976-77 season. America loved Fonzie hitting the jukebox to make it play, and the squeaky clean adventures of the Cunninghams through the 70's. But as the 80's started, interest began to slide, Richie Cunningham and Ralph Malph had left to join the army leaving Pottsie with nobody to hang out with. Fonzie had gone from having girls swoon over him with the snap of a finger to moving in with a single mother, and the day he jumped the shark didn't help either.

The hour long series finale had Chachi marrying Joanie with Richie showing up just in time to catch the ceremony. As the show neared its conclusion, Mr. Cunningham, Tom Bosley, gave a wedding toast, breaking the fourth wall by looking directly into the camera: “Thank you all for being part of our family," he said. "To happy days.” A brief montage of highlights from the series followed, as a soundalike sang Elvis Presley's “Memories."

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