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Old 09-01-2013, 09:53 PM   #1
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Default 30 years ago this fall; Happy Days began its 11th and Final Season

Hey guys,

30 years ago this fall

Happy Days returned for its record setting 11th and Final Season on abc

Henry Winkler was back as The Fonz, Marion Ross and the late Tom Bosley were back as Marion and Howard Cunningham, also returning were Scott Baio and Erin Moran as Chachi Arcola and Joanie Cunningham, Anson Williams as Warren "Potsie" Weber and Ted McGinley of Married...with Children Fame as Roger Phillips

For the show's 11th and final season, the theme was rerecorded in a more modern style. It featured Bobby Arvon on lead vocals, with several back-up vocalists. To accompany this new version, new opening credits were filmed, and the flashing Happy Days logo was reanimated to create an overall "new" feel which incorporated 1980s sensibilities with 1950s nostalgia (although by this time the show was set in 1965).

Here are some more notes:

Scott Baio and Erin Moran returned to join the cast for the final season, while Cathy Silvers was removed from the cast due to her character leaving the show, although she returned for the finale.

Linda Purl's character, Ashley Pfister, was written out of the show (along with her daughter) because the show had to cut back on its number of extras.
Henry Winkler, Marion Ross, Scott Baio, and Tom Bosley appeared in all episodes.

Erin Moran was absent for two episodes.

Ted McGinley was absent for eight episodes.

Anson Williams was absent for sixteen episodes. Williams actually quit sometime in 1983, although he managed to complete some of the final season's episodes before his departure.

Recurring cast members and characters include Pat Morita as Arnold, Kevin Sullivan as Tommy, and Harris Kal as Bobby.

and now, here's the opening and closing to the 11th and Final Season of abc's longest running sitcom

Happy Days

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11th Season Opening
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11th Season Closing
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30 years ago already wow time flies.
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30 years ago this fall I began my final year of HS. Time sure flies.
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30 years ago this fall I began my final year of HS. Time sure flies.
I was in my second year of college.
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The sad thing about Anson Williams leaving is that I didn't even noticed. He had just about disappeared as a cast member by that time anyway. The only show I clearly remember him on from that year was when Richie and Ralph returned. It's too bad he couldn't return for the final.
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Why did Anson leave the show? He was pretty much losing screen time from season 8, on. By season 10, you barely saw Potsie and it seemed like the first part of season 11, they tried to make him a part of the show again. But after the Richie/Ralph, "Welcome Home" episode, he disappeared without explaination.

Also, same with Cathy Silvers. Why did they give her the ax? Joanie was back, so didn't she need a friend? Guess not.
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The 11th and final season of Happy Days consisted of 22 episodes, five of which were burned off during the summer of 1984, with the last one airing on 24 September (!), after the official finale episode ("Passages") had aired on 8 May 1984. The five episodes could have easily aired during March and April of 1984. The show's ratings had already tanked, with the show ranking in 63rd place during the 1983-84 season.
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I was starting 3rd grade LOL


My favorite eps from this season is Richie Returns Home
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My favorite eps from this season is Richie Returns Home
Now I do feel old. lol
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Now I do feel old. lol

LOL,


I didn't even watch HD once on ABC like I did Three's Company. I didn't discover it until it aired in local syndication
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Its too bad Happy Days was up against The A Team!
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I was in the FIRST grade! LOL.
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I know one thing about the final season...I loved Marion's new hairstyle!

The show though....no wonder it was the final season is all I can say. Even though I did like the episodes where Ritchie came home and the finale was great.
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