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Old 10-20-2016, 04:52 AM   #1
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Question Did Robert Boyett "help" cause Happy Days' decline in quality

Robert Boyett for those who don't know, joined the production staff around 1978-79. Before this, the bulk of the production (besides Garry Marshall of course) on Happy Days was handled by Thomas Miller and Edward Milkis. I thought about this after watching the Rowdy Reviewer's "TV Trash" retrospective on Joanie Loves Chachi.

Not that it matters in regards to Happy Days but as the newly christened Miller-Milkis-Boyett Productions, no show outside of Bosom Buddies lasted for more than a single season. And even Bosom Buddies itself, only got two. And while it's hard to truly blame Robert Boyett for whatever went wrong w/ Joanie Love Chachi, but bare in mind that Edward Milkis none the less, got bumped down to "Associate Producer" on that show.

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I think the anachronistic clothes the characters wore came on during his tenure.

It seemed like they abandoned any pretense of it being a period piece.
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I think the anachronistic clothes the characters wore came on during his tenure.

It seemed like they abandoned any pretense of it being a period piece.
The confusion seems to result from the fact that the producers never really bothered to make the show 'look' and 'feel' like the '60s, as they'd done with the '50s setting of the earlier seasons. The last few years of the show, especially after Joanie and Chachi started a singing career, featured hairstyles, behavior and even the music that was more synonymous with the early 1980s than the early-1960s. And some of the accessories that Howard Cunningham was wearing the last few years seasons of were definitely more in line with early to mid '80s fashion trends than those of mid to late '60s. Case in point, the metal rimmed glasses and digital watch Tom Bosley wore on many episodes.
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It seems like that without Garry Marshall and Edward Milkis around to filter out the most obviously stupid ideas, the results of Miller-Boyett’s output were dire.
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The decline of Happy Days -- in my opinion and viewpoint -- came from the decision to continue on after Ron Howard and Donny Most left.

Their departures -- Ron Howard's moreso -- changed the show too much and the replacement characters created by Garry Marshall and his writers fell far short of the mark as far as I'm concerned. It no longer felt like Happy Days to me -- it certainly wasn't the show I'd watched since season 3, when I jumped on the bandwagon like everyone else because of the show's burgeoning popularity.

Even in season 7, the show was starting to show signs of age and in some cases, there were shows that seemed a little tired. The characters were no longer teenage high school students and even the show acknowledged that they'd transitioned to the 1960s.

I think that HD would have had a better run overall if the final four seasons had never happened.
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