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Happy Days: Season 1 (Bilingual)

Ron Howard , Henry Winkler , Don Weis , Herb Wallerstein    Unrated   DVD
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Less than a year after Ron Howard played a college-bound adolescent enjoying a final, summer-of-1962 romp with old friends in American Graffiti, he turned up as high school innocent Richie Cunningham in the memorable, ABC television network debut of Happy Days, set a few years earlier in Milwaukee. The show would last a decade and go through many changes in tone, cast, and character development, but that first season got a boost from the natural perception that it had some things in common with Graffiti: Howard, of course, but also fumbling teenage sex, drag races, drive-in food, pesky little sisters, and laconic greasers.

Happy Days: The Complete First Season is a sweet trip back to the Garry Marshall-produced sitcom's 1974 entry in primetime television, before political correctness would make stories about clean-cut boys fixated on seducing girls unthinkable, and long before older kids were defined by angst on the WB and Fox TV. At least in its first year, before Happy Days developed more of a comic-book feel and energy, the show was about Richie's all-too-human inclination to grow up too fast, to bite off more than he could chew and learn poignant lessons in the process. He was a sympathetic naif, not the charming braggart he later became, and major characters appear to have been created to provide both ballast and motivation. Among them is best friend Potsie (Anson Williams), a superficial hustler who typically incites Richie's enthusiasm for booze, reputed nymphomaniacs, and sophisticated, older girls, and fast-talking Ralph Malph (Donny Most), owner of a fantastic, yellow hot rod. More important are counterparts Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler), a vaguely dangerous drop-out, and Richie's exasperated father, Howard Cunningham (Tom Bosley), each of whom provides Richie the validation of an experienced male: Fonzie's raw worldliness versus Mr. C's seasoned view of a man's responsibilities. First-season highlights include the pilot episode (co-written by Rob Reiner), "All the Way," in which Richie's typical decency allows him to see past the sex-mad reputation of an amiable girl from school. Season closer "Be the First on Your Block" finds the Cunninghams' plans to build a bomb shelter turning into a popularity contest as Richie's friends vie for a guaranteed spot in the event of nuclear war. --Tom Keogh


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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!!! April 14 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Happy Days was a show from the 70's (and mid 80's) taking place in the 50's. Now it's a flashback of a flashback....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Days Season 1 April 9 2014
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This is a must see DVD. Remembering watching this 50's era sitcom will make you recall the 1970's, both dynamic times. Did you have a little sister like Joanie? She played the part so well. Watch Mrs. "C" offer The Fonz milk and cookies! And watch Ritchie pass
as a 25 year old. In this first Season Ritchie learns about life from what else, BEATNIKS. There's an episode about the BIG ONE and
Ritchie chooses his friends over what might be. Season 1 and 2 of Happy Days may well be the greatest sitcom ever written and
performed as viewed by pre-teens and teens( now parents ). Where else can you see a Marlon Brando/James Dean in The Fonz
hang around with NERDS and always comes to the rescue. One backward kick and 2 bottles of pop( soda ) come out. Only the Fonz
can make it happen. I guess Fonzy sees something special in Ritchie, Potsie, and Ralph. He digs their music band. Where else will
you see the coolest of cool be so funny. You won't be disappointed.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
Watch the very early episodes of HAPPY DAYS before Fonzie became the main focus of the show. The viewer will see a late 1950's,nostalgic, coming-of-age type show. The characters were well defined, low key, and the Cunningham family along with the rest of the cast were not caricatures. The show was born out of a segment of ABC's anthology show LOVE AMERCIAN STYLE called "Love and the Happy Day". Then it was given the go ahead for a tv series with the success of the film AMERICAN GRAFFITTI (which also starred Ron Howard) and because 1970's America had a thirst for 50's nostalgia. The first couple of seasons of HAPPY DAYS are the funniest and the best because it tackled Ritchie Cunningham growing up in the 50's and focused on his relationship with his father Howard (Tom Bosley). Howard Cunningham was a throwback to the traditional "father" characters of 50's sitcoms as was the rest of the Cunningham family. Some of the storylines focused on life of a teen growing up in a 1950's midwest highschool tackling issues of dating, fitting in, and family relationships. If anyone can pinpoint when the show switched gears in terms of losing its point of view and 50's heartwarming nostaligia is the two-part episode, season opener (3rd or 4th season?). Fonzie thought he was losing his cool and had to jump over a bunch of garbage cans with his motorcycle to break some kind of record. Anyone who watched the show regularly would also notice that the Cunningham household set design had changed also. This is because in the first couple of seasons, the show was put on film, but then switched to taping in front of a live audience so they can record the sounds of the cheers and cat-calls when Fonzie appeared in a scene. Read more ›
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My prayers have been answered May 29 2004
Format:DVD
I loved watching this series as a little girl, and am thrilled that somebody in Hollywood is finally listening to our suggestions. Happy Days needed to be released on DVD a very long time ago.
Although I was unusual in wanting to be like Fonzie to help others (the apparent early stirings of an activist!) and instead wanted to date Warren 'Potsie' Webber (I still cannot remember why I thought he was hot!) I still loved the series. Even in grad school, I schedule afternoon appointments around the time Happy Days comes on the local station so I can watch the series again.
The first season is special in it's own right because later-discarded older brother Chuck Cunningham, a nice (if prototypical) all American jock is shown. Fonzie is dressed in a windbreaker jacket to soothe network in-house censors who imagined the series would accidentally promote criminal activity among American youth if that character wore a black leather jacket. Plus, instead of the phenomena which he assumed in later seasons, Fonzie himself is a minor character this season; The show was originally supposed to revolve around the Cunningham family's Cold-War era Wisconsin life.
I only hope the studio eventually releases all seasons and does not(as with Charlies Angels, and Angel: The Series)release one or a couple of seasons and then later decide that the public no longer wants to see this show. Syndication on many 2004 cable and network channels clearly indicates the enduring longevity of Happy Days---and so does a leather jacket on permanent display in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. All seasons must be released!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Days are here again July 6 2006
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
How can it possibly be over thirty years already since Happy Days first premiered? That fact makes a guy feel very old, for I can't imagine having grown up without Happy Days; fortunately, being able to watch these classic episodes brings back great memories that almost make me feel young again. As a little kid growing up in the 70s, Happy Days was - without question - the show. I was trying to be Fonzie - strutting around, giving thumbs up, and saying Heyyyy! all the time - even before I learned to read. The show remained a constant presence in my life throughout the 1980s, as well, as it was a staple of after-school programming (back before all the talk shows took over). The first season's episodes were never really my favorite - mainly because a lot of changes were made at the start of the second season, Richie was a little wild that first year, Joanie was still a few years away from babehood, Fonzie was basically just a peripheral character, and - let's face it - there was just way too much Potsie in these early shows. In the first season, Potsie was the second-most important character, although Howard and Marion came on strong in the last half of the season.

Richie really wasn't a clean-cut paragon of virtue in Season One. In the very first episode, he set out to go "All the Way" with a girl who had a "reputation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true classic - timeless
Happy Days is still a true classic - timeless. It's based in the 50's like Casablanca last forever. Real will done, great actors/actress, great directors, great scripts. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2012 by AHDN
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST SEASON of the series!
These are ABSOLUTELY the BEST episodes of the series when it actually had the 1950's look the show should have had through the subsequent seasons. Read more
Published on July 17 2004 by Richard J. Goldschmidt
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother if Original Music is Gone and Episodes are Cut
Sadly, there are many releases that studios are doing this to in order to maximize profits. Watch out for it. Read more
Published on July 17 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars Excited, but more so about later seasons
It's great that Happy Days is finally getting its release on DVD. I hope that it sells well, because while I like these early seasons FAIRLY well, I am anxious to see the later... Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by Leonard Snerdley
4.0 out of 5 stars "Happy Days" was always on film.
A little clarification to a previous review. "Happy Days" was always done on film ... they never used videotape. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Christopher K. Nagel
5.0 out of 5 stars The only filmed Season!
One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that the first season was filmed and not video taped. This means that there is a lot more shooting on location and outdoor scenes. Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time Favorites
I am glad to find this on TV again I was looking then I found out it was on at 10 AM here and I am very Happy. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay! I can't wait!
The first season of Happy Days is my favorite one-really original. I really love the song 'Rock Around the Clock' at the beginning and the very first episode on Love American... Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by K. Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, I can't belive it!
This is kind of creepy actually. I was complaining about the lack of a Happy Days DVD just the other day! It's about time this happened, Happy Days is a classic. Read more
Published on June 8 2004
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