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Old 10-04-2012, 10:34 PM   #1
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Default Happy Days after jumping the shark still had MANY entertaining episodes

i hate when people act like they just aired a steamy piece of turd every episode after jumping the shark lol


it was VERY watchable without Richie and his crew...just as long as my boy Fonz was involved
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they had some great episodes after the JTS - I don't think it was that big of a deal - I personally think that #108- Be My Valentine was WAY worse.
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I liked HD until the end. It was much more watchable than what L & S had become.
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Yeah, I always thought the REAL shark jumping point for Happy Days was when Richie and Ralph (well, mostly Richie) left the show. There were good episodes after that, but for me, it just never seemed like the same show after that.
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i hate when people act like they just aired a steamy piece of turd every episode after jumping the shark lol


it was VERY watchable without Richie and his crew...just as long as my boy Fonz was involved


The only ones that come to mind are

Welcome Home-1
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Yeah, I always thought the REAL shark jumping point for Happy Days was when Richie and Ralph (well, mostly Richie) left the show. There were good episodes after that, but for me, it just never seemed like the same show after that.

I agree, when Richie and Ralph left, the show was completely different. There were some good episodes here and there but the show was not the same at all.
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Yeah when Richie left and they brought in Roger and Jenny Piccalo is when it went downhill. Jenny Piccalo was funny actually, but that was when the content of the show went downhill for me. The actual "jumping the shark" episode is actually one of my favs even though I can fully admit it was ridiculous, especially watching it as an adult. I mean Fonz was the coolest but I mean even I would have wanted to kick his butt if I saw him on the beach with leather jacket, biker boots and SHORTS!!!! It would have been better if he kept Jeans on too.
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I'd actually argue that the later years are better than the middle seasons. The early seasons are the best, but then the show became waaaay too much about Fonzie and the ridiculous things he did. At least in the later years, Joanie and Chachi had some focus and Fonzie became a bit more tolerable.
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One early jump the shark moment for me was "Chachi" being added
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I liked HD until the end. It was much more watchable than what L & S had become.
I agree. Remember when Shirley left the show, then it was just Laverne?
How is that possible?
I hated L & S went they moved to CA

During 1982, Cindy Williams became pregnant with her first child. The show began filming its eighth season in the summer of 1982, as new episodes would begin airing that fall. Williams appeared pregnant (although it was hidden) in a few episodes. However, she felt that the show's producers were unfairly using her pregnancy as a way to severely lessen her on-screen time; and it didn't help that she and co-star Penny Marshall also had a few feuds as well. In August 1982, Williams stormed off the set and filed a $20,000,000 lawsuit against Paramount. The case was later settled out of court and Williams was let out of her contract with an exit sum being paid to her; Williams departure from the show was finalized.

As for Laverne & Shirley, the character of Shirley had quickly fallen in love and married Army medic Walter Meany -making her Shirley Feeney-Meany. She discovered one episode later that she was pregnant. That episode would mark Cindy Williams' final exit. The following week's episode to be shot, "The Baby Show", was to feature Shirley going into labor while at a funeral; that episode was to be saved for an airing weeks later. However, with Williams' immediate departure, the role of expectant mother was re-worked and given to Vicki Lawrence in a reprisal of her Sgt. Alvinia T. Plout character.

Shirley was now gone and she explained her absence with a note left for Laverne -that she had left town quickly to join her husband overseas (something out of character for Shirley but writers had to think of something to explain her abrupt departure). Producers continued to go it alone with the Laverne character. The show oddly enough kept the title Laverne & Shirley, although Shirley was not in any further episodes and Cindy Williams' name was no longer in the opening credits. Laverne somehow snagged a position working in an aerospace testing facility and presumably no longer needed a roommate with the pay increase. Several guest stars were brought in to give the Laverne character someone to interact with, including Carrie Fisher, James Belushi, Larry Breeding, Adam West, and Louise Lasser. ABC was reportedly pleased enough with the ratings to order a ninth season and the show was considered "on the bubble". But with several cast members now out of the show, including half of its comedy team, the eighth season would prove to be the last for Laverne & Shirley and it was canceled after the 19821983 season.

The final episode was produced like a backdoor pilot for a spin-off series for Carmine as he was moving to New York City to star in the Broadway show Hair. Laverne was seen simply at the beginning and end of the episode. However, the spin-off show never eventuated.
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The real jump the shark moment was replacing Richie with..........ROGER
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The real jump the shark moment was replacing Richie with..........ROGER
Agreed.
Happy Days Season 8 should have been renamed "The Life of Fonzie"
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Happy Days Season 8 should have been renamed "The Life of Fonzie"


Sometimes a replacement is not needed which is why it's a shame most producers didn't understand that
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I agree. Remember when Shirley left the show, then it was just Laverne?
How is that possible?
I hated L & S went they moved to CA

During 1982, Cindy Williams became pregnant with her first child. The show began filming its eighth season in the summer of 1982, as new episodes would begin airing that fall. Williams appeared pregnant (although it was hidden) in a few episodes. However, she felt that the show's producers were unfairly using her pregnancy as a way to severely lessen her on-screen time; and it didn't help that she and co-star Penny Marshall also had a few feuds as well. In August 1982, Williams stormed off the set and filed a $20,000,000 lawsuit against Paramount. The case was later settled out of court and Williams was let out of her contract with an exit sum being paid to her; Williams departure from the show was finalized.

As for Laverne & Shirley, the character of Shirley had quickly fallen in love and married Army medic Walter Meany -making her Shirley Feeney-Meany. She discovered one episode later that she was pregnant. That episode would mark Cindy Williams' final exit. The following week's episode to be shot, "The Baby Show", was to feature Shirley going into labor while at a funeral; that episode was to be saved for an airing weeks later. However, with Williams' immediate departure, the role of expectant mother was re-worked and given to Vicki Lawrence in a reprisal of her Sgt. Alvinia T. Plout character.

Shirley was now gone and she explained her absence with a note left for Laverne -that she had left town quickly to join her husband overseas (something out of character for Shirley but writers had to think of something to explain her abrupt departure). Producers continued to go it alone with the Laverne character. The show oddly enough kept the title Laverne & Shirley, although Shirley was not in any further episodes and Cindy Williams' name was no longer in the opening credits. Laverne somehow snagged a position working in an aerospace testing facility and presumably no longer needed a roommate with the pay increase. Several guest stars were brought in to give the Laverne character someone to interact with, including Carrie Fisher, James Belushi, Larry Breeding, Adam West, and Louise Lasser. ABC was reportedly pleased enough with the ratings to order a ninth season and the show was considered "on the bubble". But with several cast members now out of the show, including half of its comedy team, the eighth season would prove to be the last for Laverne & Shirley and it was canceled after the 19821983 season.

The final episode was produced like a backdoor pilot for a spin-off series for Carmine as he was moving to New York City to star in the Broadway show Hair. Laverne was seen simply at the beginning and end of the episode. However, the spin-off show never eventuated.

I agree. It was sad to see such a wonderful show go out with a whimper instead of a bang.

I'm pretty sure if Future Cindy Williams could go back in time, she'd smack her younger self in the head and let her know that she'd be stuck doing regional theatre in the midwest for the rest of her life when she gave up such a sweet gig, LOL!
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