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Happy Days: Season 2 (1974)

Ron Howard , Henry Winkler , Joel Zwick , George Tyne  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler
  • Directors: Joel Zwick, George Tyne, James Tayne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 540 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M343AI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,463 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Happy Days: Season 2" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All 23 episodes from the second season on 4 discs

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Happy Days was set in the 1950s in Milwaukee, the heart of middle-class America, and told the story of the Cunningham family. Mr. Cunningham (Tom Bosley) ran the local hardware store and Mrs. Cunningham (Marion Ross), like all good TV Moms, spent her time in the kitchen. Their son, Richie (Ron Howard), hung out at Arnold's Drive-In with his pals Ralph Malph (Donny Most) and Potsie (Anson Williams), trying to be as cool as the coolest greaser in town, the Fonz (Henry Winkler). Richie's sister, Joanie (Erin Moran), tagged along whenever she wasn't at her friend Jenny Piccolo's house. The Cunninghams also had an older son, Chuck, but he mysteriously disappeared after the first season.

Happy Days: The Complete Second Season finds Garry Marshall’s immortal, 1970s sitcom hitting its stride with 23 episodes that continue to be built around Milwaukee native Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) and his family and friends. But there’s also a clear strengthening of one of the show’s eventual, major elements: the close, if unlikely, friendship between Richie and Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler). As always, Richie is angling for a way to grow up faster, often getting in over his head. In "Richie Moves Out," the red-haired teen tires of trying to kiss his girlfriend in the goldfish bowl of his house, so he agrees to live with his older brother while finishing high school and holding down a job. The result: there’s no time for making out when one is that busy. A similar scheme backfires in "Richie’s Car," when the Fonz converts a racing vehicle into a family-friendly, second car for the Cunninghams, only to find after the fact that it’s probably stolen. "Fonzie Joins the Band" sees Richie having to stand up to, and disappoint, his greaser pal when non-musical Fonzie presumes to join Richie’s band in exchange for outfitting them in slick tuxedoes. Fonzie looks surprisingly downhearted, too, in "Richie’s Flip Side," in which straight-arrow, young Cunningham gets a job as a disc jockey and develops an unbearable ego. In "Goin’ to Chicago," Richie, Potsie (Anson Williams) and Ralph (Don Most) go on an overnight field trip to the Windy City and discover that stepping into the adult world (they visit a nightclub and end up with a whoppping check they can’t pay) takes some preparation and experience they don’t yet have. Tom Bosley and Marion Ross still look, in retrospect, as wonderful in the roles of Richie’s parents as they did in the early ‘70s. --Tom Keogh

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124 of 136 people found the following review helpful
This is really irritating! This show (at least in the early years) is as good as any show ever was! The fact that the studio is too cheap to pay for the rights to the music is ridiculous! To add insult to injury the picture and sound go from very good to bargain basement quality during some episodes?! I think everyone who bought this or any other show that has been altered should return the shows for a full refund. Let the cheapskate studio eat the loss instead of making the fans digest this SH**!
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103 of 113 people found the following review helpful
I refuse to buy altered DVDs. I don't care how classic the show was. And, to me, Happy Days was a classic show. It was part of my childhood. I was in my early teens when this great show was broadcast. I've waited for it to appear on DVD ever since. But I WILL NOT BUY DVDs THAT ARE POORLY MADE -- ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE MISSING THE ORIGINAL MUSIC, OR HAVE SLOPPY CUTS TO COVER UP THE LACK OF ORIGINAL MUSIC.

I don't understand how anyone could buy ANY DVD set that lacks the original music and contains sloppy cuts to cover the fact. I didn't buy WKRP In Cincinnati for that very reason. I had it in my hand. Then I read the back of the box and saw that it didn't contain the original music. I put it back on the shelf.

Come on, people! How short-sighted are you to accept trash like this?!?!?!?! Americans complain about the poor quality of merchandise available in our country (Asian imports cost less because they're made less well. Duh!), but here we have a chance to fight the problem simply by doing nothing. That's right -- nothing. Don't buy the product. You'll save $30-$40, you'll retain your self respect, and the studios that released the garbage will be out tens of thousands of dollars. It's a win-win situation.

The more we accept shoddy merchandise, the more studios will continue to force it on us. Don't you people realize that? Don't you see what's happening here? If everyone refused to buy Happy Days, the studio would lose money on this release. They'd have a choice then. If they want to MAKE money on the release, they go back and do it right. And they do it the right way for all future releases.

The flip side is true as well. If we buy this garbage now, they'll continue to release DVD sets like this in the future. It's all about the bottom line, people!
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91 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavily Altered Music = NO SALE! December 25, 2006
Upon release, I've since changed my mind about supporting this set. Nearly all of the original music has been removed or replaced with generic music. The episodes themselves contain all of the original footage, but without the music they definitely lose a LOT. When I wrote my original review, I was acting on the assumption that Paramount would do as they did for the first season and fork over the extra dough to retain the original music. Since it turns out they did not do that, I won't be buying this after all. Such a shame.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HORRIBLE!!! April 19, 2007
I know some might think I'm being an oddball about this, but part of the great thing about the first two seasons of "Happy Days" is . . . the music!

Season One was great. The visuals are stunning in their colors and all syndicated scenes are restored. But, Season Two is horrible! I don't know what jackass was in charge of this second season project, but they should be fired and Paramount should scrap it and correct all of their mistakes! The video quality is lame, at best; but the music is pure horror! They stupidly replaced the opening theme of "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley with the stupid "Happy Days" song from the third season.

Also, gone are the music of The Everly Brothers, Fats Domino and the other rock'n'roll classics this show was famous for, and dubbed in with badly-done generic instrumentals! I was so angry after watching the first one and then the episode where Ritchie is a D.J., that I literally yanked the DVD out of the player and threw the entire set across the room! I want these shows looking and SOUNDING just as I remember them in the '70s. The sound quality of the voices are terrible, too! Please, if you're a real "Happy Days" fan, write Paramount and demand they correct all their stupid blunders . . . and DO NOT BUY THIS SET! You will be disappointed!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars HAPPY DAYS -- THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD April 16, 2007
I'm sorry to say -- it's true! Season 1 was perfect, but Season 2 is a hack job. The music is GONE!!! "Rock Around The Clock" is GONE! The background songs at Arnold's -- GONE!! I'm almost afraid to watch the episode where Ritchie becomes a disc jockey!

Even the discs themselves look cheap -- generic gray faces.

Bad set -- and I hear that WKRP season 1 is going to be worse!

Sorry but my enthusiasm for this release is completely gone. I was only going to buy the first two seasons of Happy Days anyway because I really didn't like it when they went to the three camera format. But again -- you take away the msuci and all the life is completely sucked out of these shows.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars It's just not the same..... April 21, 2007
By Lou1972
The magic of the first 2 seasons of Happy Days was the opening of "Rock Around The Clock" and all the great rock and roll songs of the fifties. Season 2 has been totally altered and the excitement is lost. Shame on Paramount for dumping the great music in favor of generic instrumentals. What an injustice to a great TV show. The video quality for the first episode of the season is awful and the fact that it's out of sequence just makes it even worse. Granted, it may have aired this way, but why not correct the sequence on the DVD? This DVD set is truly a disappointment, especially after the excellent job they did with Season 1. Don't waste your money. Maybe Paramount will pull all these inferior DVD sets and re-release Season 2 the way it really was.
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I have to agree.The recent DVD release of Family Ties was a joke due to Paramount deleting scenes from some of the episodes.
Happy Days season 2 hits stores in 5 days and what I read it's not going to be pretty.The second season of Happy Days theme song was Rock and Around The Clock and that has... Read More
Apr 12, 2007 by M. J Krankka |  See all 7 posts
Music clearance issues must be stopped
The bottom line is, music is played everywhere on a daily basis. The original royalties rule was invented to pay musicians when their music was played or used. It was a great rule for its time, but the times they have a-changed. What they need to do is give the artists a lump sum for the use... Read More
Apr 23, 2007 by Steven Lah |  See all 5 posts
Yeah I'm looking forward to getting this set too.Lets hope Paramount dont make us wait till 2010 for season 3!
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