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Happy Days: The Third Season is definitely a peak in the show's lengthy history, just before the series took a turn for the silly (or sillier). This was the year Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams) were introduced to the world on Happy Days (before landing their own spin-off series). And armchair TV historians will take note how sexist the show could be while it simultaneously takes a minor stab at American racism in "Fonzie's New Friend" (in which the Fonz shows up with an African-American pal to play drums in Richie's band, and gets a hostile reaction from whites in the community). --Tom Keogh
- All 23 episodes from the 1975-76 season on four discs
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On a lighter note, I recently had the opportunity to see the Happy Days house when I was in Hollywood. Of course this was just used for the exterior shots, but it hasn't changed much. If you're ever out there and you're interested in seeing it, it's easy to find. I can't give you the house address here (especially since people actually live there) but it's easy to research on the internet.
the fans that know the episodes well notice a scene edited here or there and certain music couldnt be used because of the expense to paramount but now that currently 45 bucks buys all 3 new with free shipping i would recommend these. I know dvd sets can be made much nicer with better packaging and extras like bloopers , commentery & interviews and its good to know ahead to expect all your gonna get are the episodes but they are clean, great quality , and have nice menus, also just the fact that you get the full picture without all the logos and junk you get if you record the shows off tv. I would hope they get season 4 released soon and I want to add now in recent years nick at nite has self destructed & tv land has ventured into reality tv giving replacement to the great classics like happy days and well on its way to becoming another channal to flip past making the great tv series dvds more important now than ever before. I recommend these dvd's even with the negatives that are true but holding out for better dvds aint an option. life is short paramount...get em released !
In the opening episode, Fonzie Moves In, Fonzie rents out the room in the Cunninghams' garage and becomes a part of the family (though Howard naturally has his reservations). In Two Angry Men, Fonzie builds a roost for his pigeons on the roof and the roof caves, leaving Fonzie to sue Mr. Cunningham and Howard counter-sues (June Lockhart plays the judge). A Date With Fonzie marks the debut of characters Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams), who would earn their own show later that season in 1976 ("'Laverne, you have a mouth like a sewer', I said. So she curls up her chubby little fist and BAM!" knocking down Richie who's just brought in refreshments).Read more ›
But, Season 3 leaps off the page. The energy is so palpable you become a part of it. And, I think Season 3 is the raciest and sexiest of all the seasons (sometimes downright - and very UN-Happy Days-esque, naughty). It is truly the peak of Fonzie mania, and it captures the Winkler/Howard/Williams/Most fab four at their rawest. Tom Bosley's character has an edge (and layers) in this season that the writers never really gave him again. After watching Season 2, pop in Season 3 and I defy you to miss it: it's live, it's raw, it's exciting ... and funny as all hell. Probably the most laugh-out-loud season of all eleven. Purists may be purists, but I truly believe if Happy Days had stuck to the first formula (one-camera with canned laughter), it wouldn't have seen a fourth season. Happy Days was quite Darwinian. It morphed into a variety of shapes to survive 11 seasons. Like some, I love them all, and all for different reasons. Garry Marshall said, "I just wanted to create a group of people that you'd want to welcome into your home every week." He sure did. These kinds of heartwarming shows just don't exist anymore. At least we have these DVD sets!
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I always had a crush on Anson Williams (Potsie Webber) and now I see why, what a doll-baby! Connie Most (Ralph Malph) has his good points too, but oo-la-la Anson! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Endora Aphrattos
Very good show. Glad to see they ate finally getting all the seasons out. Thought they were not going to do it for a while.Published 4 months ago by kfuller
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|question for the diehards||
I know in the original version, after the mention of watermelon, they cut to Stick's face and he rolls his eyes and makes an exasperated look. Something else is said that I can't recall. The syndicated episodes on TV Land and Nick at Nite don't cut that scene. Also, the DVD is missing the tag... Read More
Nov 5, 2013 by Breather | See all 2 posts
|Happy Days Reunion Movie?||
What's to say they'd be irked? They were transcending eras themselves anyways.
Mar 7, 2008 by Robin Orlowski | See all 4 posts
|only 1 episoded edited(pretty sure)||
Hello Brian, I can tell you for sure that these episodes have been edited or they are the syndicated masters. On my post i mentioned that in the episode where they bring in Laverne and Shirley for the first time when Richie and Fonzie go out on a double date with the girls at the end of the... Read More
Oct 19, 2008 by S. Bowles | See all 4 posts
|Please Keep those Happy Days Coming!||
Not every television show is on permanent display in the Smithsonian. Sounds like a must-release-on-DVD-season-sets marker to me.
I still remember seeing the final episode of Happy Days when it originally aired. Oh to permanently own all the seasons on DVD again.
Oct 12, 2007 by Robin Orlowski | See all 4 posts
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