When it comes to TV sitcoms, few shows remain as fondly remembered as Happy Days. Set in the bygone era of the 1950s, the classic series became a staple of ABC scheduling after it premiered in 1974, and it remains beloved by many. Over its 11-season run, Happy Days introduced such stars as Henry Winkler, Robin Williams and Erin Moran – who sadly passed away in April 2017. And the following 20 facts will leave you wanting to hang out with Fonzie and Richie all over again.
20. The show’s original name left test audiences confused
Before settling on the title of Happy Days, creator Garry Marshall envisioned a moniker that reflected its characters’ sense of style. Speaking to The Guardian in 2015, the producer shared the fact that the show was originally called “COOL.” However, the title was hastily changed after it left test audiences confused. Apparently, they thought it sounded like “a brand of cigarette.”
19. The show could have been set in a different era
Everyone knows Happy Days for its nostalgic 1950s setting, but the series was originally placed much further back in the past. Originally, producers wanted to create a sitcom set in the 1920s, and they approached Marshall with the idea. Instead, though, he pitched them a series with a more recent backdrop, and the rest, as they say, is history.