Love, American Style

Love, American Style

Potsie and Richie


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Love, American Style - Season 1, Volume 1

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The comedy classic of the swingin' '70s is back! Love, American Style is the original hit comedy showcase, each episode featuring different short stories about love, sex and romance, with an all-star cast of incredible guest stars. The groundbreaking series is packed with hilarious tales of dating and mating, love and marriage, fidelity and naughtiness, all told with a wild sense of innovative style and hip, swingin' 70's flair! This Season One, Volume One collection boasts an unprecedented lineup of celebrity guest stars in 12 episodes on 3 discs who will keep you roaring with laughter from start to finish.

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(Theme by Charles Fox and Arnold Margolin - Performed by The Cowsills in Season 1 and the Charles Fox Singers in Seasons 2-5)

Love, Love, Love

Love, American Style,
Truer than the Red, White and Blue.
Love, American Style,
That's me and you.

And on a star spangled night my love, (My love come to me).
You can rest you head on my shoulder.
Out by the dawn's early light, my love
I will defend your right to try.

Love, American Style,
That's me and you.


Cast and Episode Summary:

On February 25, 1972, an episode of Love, American Style entitled "Love and the Happy Days" aired on ABC television. Garry Marshall had produced a 1971 pilot called "New Family in Town" for ABC and after they decided not to turn the pilot into a series, they decided to use it as a Love, American Style episode. The episode starred (in alphabetical order):

  • Ric Carrott as Charles (Chuck)
  • Harold Gould as Howard Cunningham
  • Ronny Howard as Richie
  • Susan Neher as Joanie
  • Marion Ross as Marion
  • Anson Williams as Potsie
  • It was produced by Carl Kleinschmitt, written by Garry Marshall, and directed by Gary Nelson.

    The show opens up with Richie in his room and in a voiceover he talks about his life being 16 and growing up in the 1950's. His father is in the hardware business, his mother does volunteer work for the Red Cross, his older brother is in college, and his sister wants to see an orthodontist.

    In the next scene, Richie walks Joanie home from piano lessons and he announces they are the first family in the neighborhood to be getting a television set. Potsie comes over and climbs through Richie's window and they plan on studying Spanish. They discuss who is going to come over the next night to watch the boxing match on television and Richie thinks about asking Arlene Nestrock.

    The next night at dinner (there is an exterior shot of a different Cunningham house than the regular series), Charles (Chuck) says the prayer. Later that night, Richie and Potsie meet Arlene and Corrine Delaruso (who Potsie says has a mustache) at the local hangout and talk and then dance. Richie then invites Arlene over to the house to watch television after she blows in his ear. Potsie is disappointed to learn that Richie's father is allowing each family member to invite only one person.

    The house is crowded that night as Howard's mother, Chuck's date, the mailman that Joanie invited, Arlene, and numerous others show up. Howard and company struggle to get a clear picture as they stand on a chair with the rabbit-ear antenna to get a better picture.

    Richie brings Arlene back to her apartment and he leans on the doorbell buzzer and Arlene's mother comes to the door and then he falls through the open door. Richie is disappointed to learn that Arlene is going out with Eddie Bazinski and then he falls down the stairs when leaving. Richie and Howard talk in his room later that night and then Potsie comes over and brings a beer that he got from Mulligan's bar where he had watched the fight. The episode concludes in the early morning hours as Howard and Richie stand up in the living room as "God Bless America" is played on the television set.

    The episode co-starred Jackie Coogan as Uncle Harold, Peggy Rea as Aunt Bessie, Virginia Gregg as Arlene's mother, Tanis Montgomery as Arlene, Nellie Burt as Grandma, Ronda Copland as Teresa, Edmund Cambridge as Mr. Dickerson (the mailman), and Sheila Jo Guthrie as Corrine.

    After the success of George Lucas' 1972 film, "American Graffiti" (starring Ron Howard), the ABC programmers were looking to cash in on the wave of 1950's nostalgia. ABC, remembering Garry Marshall's earlier pilot, called him to make some changes to his original concept. Among the changes was to include the character of Arthur Fonzarelli. The rest of the Happy Days story is history.

    In Happy Days episode #19 "Who's Sorry Now?", there are several flashbacks to the Love, American Style episode as Richie's old girlfriend, Arlene Nestrock, comes back to Milwaukee and wants to go steady with Richie.

    This Love, American Style episode has been used to as the program to launch several tv cable networks, including TV Land and Ha! (or The Comedy Channel, I'm not sure of the name of it).


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