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Old 11-17-2000, 02:13 PM   #1
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Post This show was unauthentic.

I may be in a minority,but I didn't like this show that much AT ALL.At first it was kind of funny,but it lost the 50s-spirit quickly.And the thing that ruined the show is-and forgive me for using this 4 letter word:FONZ

A hood was not considered cool those days.A dropout wasn't admired at all.Leather-clad cycle-bums were shunned by the regular crowd and were only respected through fear.I hated this TV hero who gave the impression that it was desirable to be mean and insensitive.He hogged the whole show-and gave false impressions to children.

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Old 11-17-2000, 09:39 PM   #2
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I've seen nearly the entire series & I recall a flashback episode where we saw Fonzie as "the bad guy". He was in a gang, said very little, picked on people & beat them up for stupid reasons (ie: stepping on a gang members foot or reading one of "their" magazines).

But Fonzie is an exception. He became friends with Richie, & even if Fonz wouldn't admit it, Richie rubbed off on him. Fonzie had a tough exterior, but inside he truly was a good & sensitive guy.

One example is when he got to meet his hero, the Lone Ranger & received a silver bullet. He was so happy, he was nearly in shock.

I also recall an episode where Joanie wanted to join a gang, so she joined up with one. Fonzie found out & recruited Richie, Potsie, Ralph & Fonz's friend Carmine Ragusa (from Laverne & Shirley) to help get Joanie away from the gang.

Quite possibly the most touching moment: when Richie was in a motorcycle accident. Fonz didn't want to leave his friend. He stayed in the room & asked God to watch over his friend & help him heal. Fonzie cried, he was truly worried about Richie's well-being.

Also, Happy Days is a sitcom, a comedy. It wasn't meant to be purely authentic, it was supposed to reflect the 50s, not replicate.

Please don't take this the wrong way, I just wanted to express my opinion & what I've gotten from watching the show.

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Old 11-24-2000, 10:57 AM   #3
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Once TPTB at HD realized that little kids idolized Fonzie,they definitely toned him down and almost re-did his character,taking great pains to point out that he was really admirable and noble-and this was another example of the unauthenticty.IT NEVER REALLY RANG TRUE!

In all honesty,I saw this show irregularly- and never saw the examples you mention where his softness was evident.I never fully embraced him as a hero and resented hearing little kids say things like,"sit on it,"or imitate Fonzie's long pronunciation of the first letter of the alphabet.
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You're entitled to your opinion,I suppose.
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The main thing I've found about this show, or any show for that matter, is that I don't look for authenticity--in a comedy I look for humor. I just can't see how you can base your opinion on a few episodes. You're completely entitled to it. I mean, personally I'd love to find a hood with a heart since most couldn't care less about what they do to people.

You have your opinion & I have mine, I just can't quite get on the same side as you, sorry.
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Lone Wolfette's got it - If you wanted to see something true to life, drag your Lazy boy out on your porch and watch the neighbors. The facts don't lie. This show lasted 11 yrs running and the re-runs are still aired. Eveyone is entitled to their opinion, but it is a little ironic that you are posting such a message on such a popular web site.
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Old 11-28-2000, 10:01 PM   #8
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Of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I can see how you would think it was unauthentic but I don't think that is why most people watch it. I think it is more the entertainment, the coolness, the laughs, the problems, the characters. There are NUMEROUS reasons to watch it regardless of it's authenticity.

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I saw a good many episodes of Happy Days and I fully agree with the assesment that it was unauthentic and lost it's original focus.I thought Fonzie was a bad influence for children.I could not embrace a dropout-hero. (Maybe this shows my age.I was born in 1954 and grew up during a time when leather-jacketed greasers were shunned and looked down upon-except for those too dumb to know better.Hey,maybe Ralph had a realistic additude twoard Fonzie.
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