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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.


Life in Milwaukee's Cunningham household and Arnold's Drive-In goes on as normal in Happy Days: The Fourth Season. With one important exception: Richie (Ron Howard) and his pals Potsie (Anson Williams) and Ralph (Don Most) are heading toward high-school graduation and their collective future as young men. Thus, when each receives a notice from the draft board to appear for a physical, they go. When all of them fail a senior-year class, jeopardizing graduation requirements, they spend a long night studying so they can secure their freedom. When Richie gets tired of living in his family's home and wants some privacy with a girl, he arranges to borrow a friend's apartment for an evening. That friend, no surprise, is Fonzie (Henry Winkler). More than ever, Winkler is the star of Happy Days (along with Howard), with every storyline deeply involving Fonzie and his playful arrogance. Most of the episodes in The Fourth Season are built around Richie slowly moving into the adult world while Fonzie hovers nearby, providing his version of guidance and support. In "A Place of His Own," Richie begs Fonzie (who rents a room above the Cunninghams' garage) to let him use that space to impress a girl--an arrangement that goes haywire when Mr. Cunningham (Tom Bosley), Mrs. Cunningham (Marion Ross), and Joanie (Erin Moran) come home too soon and catch the Fonz sleeping in Richie's room (and in Richie's pajamas). "Richie Branches Out" finds the titular redhead falling for an attractive model on a poster, then going to great lengths to meet her under false pretences. Seeing the folly of Richie's ploy but understanding his temporary insanity, Fonzie gives Richie room to fail but then bucks him up like a pal. "Time Capsule" is a frenzied episode in which Richie, Potsie, Ralph and several girls get locked inside the vault at Mr. Cunningham's hardware store. Only Fonzie's manifest cool (whether real or projected) helps Richie save his sanity while the others fall apart. Certainly there are times when Richie helps Fonzie, too: when the latter can't stop picking fights in "A Mind of Their Own," Richie encourages him to see a shrink, with unexpected results. In "Fonzie's Old Lady," Richie has to break the news to his friend that the older woman he's seeing is, in fact, married. Other good episodes include "A Shot In the Dark," in which Richie wins a basketball game at school with a lucky shot that he can't replicate later. "Marion Rebels" finds Mrs. Cunningham frustrated with Howard's expectations of her, resulting in Mrs. C taking a job at Arnold's. This box set ends with a third anniversary episode, basically an obligatory clip show derived from past episodes. --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Restored
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 9, 2008
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001E6JC26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,643 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Happy Days: Season 4" on IMDb

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael Parker on December 10, 2008
Whomever wrote that this set was missing orginal music obviously hasn't watched it. I've heard songs that were replaced in even the sydicated versions. In fact the usual Parmount disclamier "music has been changed for this home entertainment version". is nowhere to be seen.
If there's anything missing here it's very, very minute.
I've been jumping around as far the episodes go and from what I've seen this the one of the most complete sets yet. In the episode "shot in the dark" the scene where Mr. C offers Richie a lifesaver after the basketball game is here. That's largely been cut out of sydicated airings.
As far the episodes if you're reading this you're probably already familiar with them! From what I recall this this season Happy Days was the #1 show on TV so there's plenty of classics here.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joanna M VINE VOICE on January 25, 2009
Richie and the gang near graduation in this fourth season, which also centers more prominently upon the Fonz than ever before. (The season opens with a three-part episode, "Fonzie Loves Pinky," in which the Fonz reunites with an old girlfriend in hopes of winning a demolition derby -- with disastrous results.)

There's also "Time Capsule," where the gang is accidentally locked in Mr. Cunningham's hardware store vault with their dates while working on a school project; and "They Shoot Fonzies, Don't They?" where the Fonz promises to accompany Joanie in a dance marathon -- never anticipating he'd have to push his broken motorcycle 12 miles home just before the event.

Other episodes touch upon issues that will become more prominent in sitcoms of future decades, such as "Marion Rebels," where Mrs. Cunningham tires of being a housewife and -- against the wishes of her family -- decides to get a job.

Fans of Anson Williams' singing voice are in for a treat, as Potsie makes a number of full-length musical debuts.

This box set also includes a special feature, "Third Anniversary Show," with clips from the series.

If you want lots of laughs from a bygone era when life was a bit simpler, be sure to pick up this series -- Richie, Potsie, Ralph, Joanie, the Fonz and the rest of the gang are sure to give you a lift!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Allen J. Kephart on August 22, 2008
A great season that starts off with the "Fonzie Loves Pinky" three parter. Originally it was shown as a two parter on ABC (the first two parts were combined into one hour show). Pinky was supposed to become a regular charcter on Happy Days, but according to what I have heard Roz Kelly, the actress who played Pinky, did not get along with the rest of the cast. Too bad. But wait until season five. Another Tuscadero comes along in season five that made more appearances than Pinky. Of course I am talking about Leather, played by Suzi Quatro, a very real life singer who is still performing to this day. Getting back to season four, we see Fonzie romancing Pinky and later getting his high school diploma. There is also the episode in which Howard and Fonzie invent the Garbage Gulper, a precusor to the trash compactor. And Al replaces Arnold as the proprietor of Arnolds. Also, this is the season before Chachi came around and the Fonz jumped the shark.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By take403 VINE VOICE on October 6, 2010
For all of you who rightfully boycotted Seasons 2 and 3, you'll be happy to know there were no edits in this DVD set. I'm not complaining there were no extra's in here, save for the Anniversary show, which is mostly a flashback episode. This is the show at its peak, in my opinion. Of course, I liked the other seasons as much but it's the last time the show would be this great. Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli the "hood" with a heart of gold (Henry Winkler) and Richie Cunningham the shy and slightly cocky nice guy (Ron Howard) are pretty much co-stars (it would revolve more around Fonzie later) and it worked. Each major cast member had a show revolving around them too- for Joanie (Richie's sweet but smart allecky sister played by Erin Moran), it would be "They Shoot Fonzies, Don't They?" and "Joanie's Weird Boyfriend," for Potsie Webber, Richie's buddy (Anson Williams), it was "Fonzie's Hero," for Marion (Richie's doting mother played by Marion Ross) it was "Marion Rebels," for Howard (Richie's wise and slightly grumpy but still caring father played by Tom Bosley), it was "Fonz-How Inc" and for lovable prankster Ralph Malph (Donnie Most), it was "Last Of The Big-Time Malphs." And Arnold's has a new owner, Al (Al Molinaro), lovable chef. Howard wryly observes "Arnold was cute [but] Al is humble and Italian!" Anson Williams does a great job crooning in this season and Donnie Most even proves to have a good voice.

It all begins with the 3 part episode Fonzie Loves Pinky, which features Roz Kelly as a guest star (she looked good in those pink shorts and she was in her mid-30's at the time!). She was one of the most popular one-shot wonders in TV history and alas, though Fonzie did like her, he and Pinky weren't meant to be.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Todd DeMartinis on August 24, 2008
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Written Before the Season Four Release Announcement:

Being a naive 8-year old in a late-30s body, I tend to forget the business aspect of releasing Happy Days seasons. I know it's about money. That said (if I'm not mistaken), Season Three ranked much, much higher in terms of sales on Amazon's ranking system than Seasons 1 and 2. I thought for sure Season Four would come along in quick fashion. It hasn't... and no explanation, anywhere.

I had the thrill of meeting Henry Winkler at a Hank Zipzer book signing in May (2008). He was as electric, and gracious, as everyone has said he is (although I think he was somewhat cautious around a delirious fan who was neither female or a kid). Whatever the case, one of his handlers (for lack of the right word) said he would not be signing Happy Days merchandise (so much for bringing my Season 1 along), and it got me wondering just what is going on behind the scenes (granted it might simply be for the reason Mr. Winkler was there for the purpose of his book). I also wonder if all of us who are die-hard fans who criticized the DVD releases for lack of obtaining music rights from original episodes, lack of any "extras", and occasional poor print quality have done a disservice to the whole thing. We can't have everything the way we'd like it, but if CBS/Paramount pulls the plug on this, we might never see Happy Days in a home-playable form again in our lifetimes (so, yes, I would take what I can get in this case!).

After watching Season Three, I had forgotten how funny the show was at that point (and wildly electric and live). There is a palpable energy that is unmistakable. Yes, the "film" effect of one-camera/no-audience Seasons 1 and 2 are admirable, but Season 3 is like watching Elvis on Ed Sullivan. Pandemonium.
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