Sitcoms Online - Main Page / Message Boards - Main Page / News Blog / Photo Galleries / DVD Reviews / Buy TV Shows on DVD and Blu-ray

View Today's Active Threads / View New Posts / Mark All Boards Read / Chit Chat Board

Happy Days Online / Happy Days links and theme songs at Sitcoms Online / Happy Days Photo Gallery


Happy Days - The Complete First Season

Buy Happy Days - The Complete First Season on DVD
Happy Days - The Second Season

Buy Happy Days - The Second Season on DVD
Happy Days - The Third Season

Buy Happy Days - The Third Season on DVD
Happy Days - The Fourth Season

Buy Happy Days - The Fourth Season on DVD
Happy Days - The Fifth Season

Buy Happy Days - The Fifth Season on DVD
Happy Days - The Sixth Season

Buy Happy Days - The Sixth Season on DVD

Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums  

Go Back   Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums > 1970s Sitcoms > Happy Days

Notices

SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Headlines Twitter Facebook Instagram RSS

ABC Picks Up Comedy Starring Lake Bell, Dax Shepard; EPIX Dark Comedy Gets 3rd Season
Lifetime Brings in the Stars for Winter Movies; Celebs Line Up for CBS All Access' Twilight Zone
HBO Comedy Crashing Returns for Season 3; Nick Sitcom Starts Jan. 5
Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of December 10, 2018)
SitcomsOnline Digest: Netflix Pays $100 Million for Another Year of Friends; Reboots of Night Gallery and New York Undercover
Fri-Yay: The Disappearing Art of the Holiday Episode; The Simpsons Turns 30 Years Old with Specials on Fox and FXX
Loudermilk Returns for Season 3 on Audience Network; Syfy's 23rd Annual Twilight Zone New Year's Eve Marathon


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October/November/December)

The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection Alice - The Complete Eighth Season Step by Step - The Complete Third Season

10/02 - The Beverly Hillbillies - The Official Fifth Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 6th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 7th Season
10/02 - Bob's Burgers - The Complete 8th Season
10/02 - Ghosted - The Complete First Season
10/02 - The Love Boat - Season Four - Volume One / Volume Two
10/02 - Police Squad! - TV and Movie Collection
10/02 - Saved by the Bell - The Complete Collection
10/16 - Community - The Complete Series (Mill Creek)
10/23 - Alice - The Complete Eighth Season
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Two
10/24 - The Odd Couple (2015) - Season Three
10/31 - The Bad News Bears - The Complete Series - All 26 Episodes
11/01 - Episodes - Season 5
11/05 - Robin Williams - Comic Genius (includes Mork & Mindy)
11/06 - American Dad! - Volume 13
11/16 - Man with a Plan - Season One
11/20 - Step by Step - The Complete Third Season
11/27 - What I Like About You - The Complete Third Season
12/04 - Family Guy - Season Sixteen
12/04 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Sixth Season
12/18 - Our Cartoon President - Season One
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-20-2008, 10:34 AM   #1
Dr. Thong
a/k/a "ACK!"
Senior Member
 
Dr. Thong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 09, 2001
Location: New Hampshire, USA
Posts: 4,844
Default If "Happy Days" Had Ended In 1980

Of course, I've stated over and over again that Happy Days should've ended when Ron Howard left the show.

This got me to thinking of what I'd do for a "final" episode at the end of season seven.

I would have had it be the graduation of Richie, Ralph & Potsie from college. Yeah, I know, they'd only been in college three years, but it wouldn't be the first liberty the show had taken in regards to the period.

It would have been a rite of passage: We would have heard what the guys would go on to: Richie a journalist, perhaps - possibly even announcing his engagement to Lori Beth, etc.

I don't know what Ralph and Potsie would have become, but I think it would have been better had everything been neatly sewn up rather than what happened with Richie and Ralph conveniently "drafted" to explain their absence from the show.

Thoughts, anyone on what might have happened if the "final" episode had aired in the spring of 1980?
__________________
"Sunday has been cancelled due to lack of interest. That is all."
Dr. Thong is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2008, 11:16 AM   #2
spreckenzeedeu
form.known.as iris*happydays
Forum Regular
 
spreckenzeedeu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 13, 2000
Location: GERMANY
Posts: 897
Default

One of the FanFics I have written starts shortly after Richie,Potsie,Ralph graduated from College ... and Richie is a Journalist, Potsie a Psychologist, Ralph a Ophthalmologist.

I took what was mentioned and built/created it ... because I really like the Idea
spreckenzeedeu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2008, 11:24 AM   #3
Chachi'88
Member
Frequent Poster
 
Chachi'88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 21, 2008
Location: Milano (ita)
Posts: 165
Default

not at all agree, it is a pity that there are more Richie and Ralph OK

But I have loved the same last season, where they have been thorough and Joanie Chaco, for me the 8th was the start of growth for the young.

with the 11 that also Joanie and Chacha were married, the series was complete! because now everyone had grown up.

sorry but I was just doing the 8th -9 -11 season (the 10th is a bit another account)
Chachi'88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2008, 05:37 PM   #4
catlover79
God Bless Val
Moderator
Forum Legend
 
catlover79's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 29, 2006
Location: Bewitched in Ohio
Posts: 69,229
Default

I like that idea. Just as I feel Bewitched should've ended in 1969 with the departure of Dick York, I agree that HD should've folded in 1980 when Ron Howard left. To me, HE was the real star of the show.
__________________
"Jesus loves you and He approves this message."

"I'm alive. I'm feeling good. I'm trying to live every moment as much as I can." - Valerie Harper, March 2013
catlover79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2008, 11:44 PM   #5
Chachi'88
Member
Frequent Poster
 
Chachi'88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 21, 2008
Location: Milano (ita)
Posts: 165
Default

well, I have not said that the fact that applicant is no more beautiful is one thing, I say only that the series I like it.
Chachi'88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2008, 12:27 AM   #6
Avilos
Member
Frequent Poster
 
Join Date: May 29, 2008
Location: Plymouth, WI
Posts: 58
Default

They could have ended it like American Graffiti. Just having text on screen explaining what happens to the characters in the future,
Avilos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2008, 07:22 AM   #7
Chachi'88
Member
Frequent Poster
 
Chachi'88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 21, 2008
Location: Milano (ita)
Posts: 165
Default

This is true
Chachi'88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-23-2008, 12:51 AM   #8
faraj
Member
Forum Regular
 
Join Date: Apr 03, 2004
Posts: 702
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by catlover79
I like that idea. Just as I feel Bewitched should've ended in 1969 with the departure of Dick York, I agree that HD should've folded in 1980 when Ron Howard left. To me, HE was the real star of the show.
Did you know that there's an amazing coincidence involved in those 2 shows after Ron Howard and Dick York left Happy Days and Bewitched, respectively? There were at least 80 episodes with Dick Sargent as Darrin #2 and without Ron Howard.
__________________
John
faraj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2008, 11:28 AM   #9
TVFactFan
Member
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 17, 2002
Posts: 89,492
Default

I don't think a finale can be done in just 5 and a half years, i think it has to be on the year for a minimum of 7 years to have the characters closed out properly and not seemed rushed
TVFactFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2008, 01:46 PM   #10
Chachi'88
Member
Frequent Poster
 
Chachi'88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 21, 2008
Location: Milano (ita)
Posts: 165
Default

sorry but I still do not understand that there is that does not go in recent seasons, I found beautiful the 8th, 9th season, the last two slightly less, and I especially liked the growth of Joanie, Chaci and FOnzie, sorry but my opinion is that Happy days is better to be continued until you see the marriage of Joanie, so why are all grown.

for me with only 7 seasons would not be the same.

what we understand is that Richie lacking, to me missing But Happy Days continues at will
Chachi'88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2008, 05:44 PM   #11
TVFactFan
Member
Forum Legend
 
Join Date: Aug 17, 2002
Posts: 89,492
Default

I can see season 7 being the only bad season because that was the season that writers and producers had to get used to not having Richie and Ralph. By season 8 and 9, it was no longer a big deal
TVFactFan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-24-2008, 11:44 PM   #12
Avilos
Member
Frequent Poster
 
Join Date: May 29, 2008
Location: Plymouth, WI
Posts: 58
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by PhillySportsHater
I can see season 7 being the only bad season because that was the season that writers and producers had to get used to not having Richie and Ralph. By season 8 and 9, it was no longer a big deal
You mean 8th right? The 8th was the first without Richie.

I agree. Because Ron had an exclusive contract with NBC to direct tv movies he could not appear on ABC in any way. Though it sounds like he would have done guest appearance in the 8th season if allowed to. But all the constant references to Richie and about him not being there made the show seem stuck in its past.

It also did not help that Lori Beth was not given much to do without Richie. Other than the wedding episode and the pregnancy she did not have much to do. Its seems odd that she was made a regular cast member. Which is a shame. I have always liked Lynda Goodfriend! She is very cute! Good actress too.

The 10th season is the really OFF SEASON. No Joanie or Chachi expect guest appearances due to the spin-off. KC and FLip were never developed to well. IS it ever even explained what happened to them? Did they just disappear like Chuck? Flip COULD still be living with Roger but we don't ever see him. But he would have been at Joanie and Chaci's wedding then.

Wouldn't Joanie Loves Chachi have made more sense to have been tried after Happy Days ended? It might have fared better that way. Everyone knew they would get married. There was no mystery or suspense of whether they would breakup. Even the title of the show proved that. So them being newlyweds starting a band would have worked. Plus it would not have negatively affected Happy Days the way their absence in the 10th season did. Otherwise the show must have seemed like to much Happy Days at the same time. But after HD Joanie Loves chachi would have been the only place to see the characters. Guest appearances from characters, like the Fonz, would have been more special then.

I liked Ashley. I would have been nice to see her in at least one episode during the last season.

Last edited by Avilos; 10-25-2008 at 12:03 AM.
Avilos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2008, 03:28 AM   #13
MusicJunkie
Member
Forum Regular
 
Join Date: Sep 23, 2008
Location: where I live
Posts: 786
Send a message via ICQ to MusicJunkie Send a message via AIM to MusicJunkie Send a message via Yahoo to MusicJunkie
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by PhillySportsHater
I don't think a finale can be done in just 5 and a half years, i think it has to be on the year for a minimum of 7 years to have the characters closed out properly and not seemed rushed
6 1/2 seasons (since technically s1 was a half-season so I'd say 6 1/2 and not 7) isn't a really long time but I think it was long enough that they could've pulled the plug with Ron leaving. 6 1/2 seasons is the amount of time that The Dukes Of Hazzard and Buffy The Vampire Slayer lasted, and both shows were seen as having good runs and ended at the right time, but hour long shows are different than sitcoms.

I think what should've been done was ABC give him a raise and strike a deal with him and Donny to come back and promote the 1980-1981 season as the last year. With all the last season hoopla, ratings would've bounced back up and the last few years wouldn't have happened.
MusicJunkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2008, 05:57 AM   #14
Race's Girl
Miss Tremendous
Forum Veteran
 
Race's Girl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 26, 2005
Location: On Fonzie's bike in front of Arnold's
Posts: 14,420
Send a message via MSN to Race's Girl Send a message via Yahoo to Race's Girl
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Avilos
They could have ended it like American Graffiti. Just having text on screen explaining what happens to the characters in the future,
You are so right, Avilos
__________________
Girls rock so there, boys.
Race's Girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2008, 10:04 PM   #15
Avilos
Member
Frequent Poster
 
Join Date: May 29, 2008
Location: Plymouth, WI
Posts: 58
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Race's Girl
You are so right, Avilos
When I first wrote that I was partly joking. Because remember in American Graffiti we learn that two of the characters die!!! I would never really want to learn that about any of the Happy Days gang.

But its still a good idea without bad news. It would have been cool to learn if Joanie and Chachi had kids at the end of Passages. Or if Richie had a successful movie career.
Avilos is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:35 PM.


Although the administrators and moderators of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards, nor vBulletin Solutions Inc. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message. The owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.

VigLink badge

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.