Happy Days: Season 2
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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 Marshalls 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 theres also a clear strengthening of one of the shows 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: theres no time for making out when one is that busy. A similar scheme backfires in "Richies Car," when the Fonz converts a racing vehicle into a family-friendly, second car for the Cunninghams, only to find after the fact that its 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 Richies band in exchange for outfitting them in slick tuxedoes. Fonzie looks surprisingly downhearted, too, in "Richies 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 cant pay) takes some preparation and experience they dont yet have. Tom Bosley and Marion Ross still look, in retrospect, as wonderful in the roles of Richies parents as they did in the early 70s. --Tom Keogh
- All 23 episodes from the second season on 4 discs
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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!
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!
Miami Vice is an example of a DVD series done the right way. Those episodes are intact, all the music is there, and believe me it makes a difference. Some of the music in those scenes has stuck with me -- connected to those scenes! -- since the day they were broadcast 20 years ago. I applaud the Miami Vice DVDs. They were done right. I abhor the Happy Days DVD releases and I am ashamed of those who bought them for purely selfish reasons instead of considering the bigger picture.