19 delightful behind-the-scenes photos from 'Happy Days'
There were smiles all around the set. Even the dog was smiling.
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Happy Days was all about nostalgia. In the 1970s, American pop culture was suddenly looking back fondly at the 1950s. American Graffiti, Sha-Na-Na and Grease had folks daydreaming of drag racing, ducktail haircuts and poodle skirts.
It's no wonder Happy Days was such an immediate hit. The sitcom tapped into something real. The feeling lasted for an entire decade, as the show ran from 1974 to 1984.
We all know the Cunninghams like family. The Fonz, Potsie and Ralph feel like old high school chums. Peeking behind the scenes, the camaraderie oozes out of the photos. There are smiles all around, despite a work schedule that had them rockin' around the clock.
Let's look at some photos from the set.
The cast often played baseball together. Even guest star Tom Hanks suited up for the Happy Days squad at one point!
"Wait… which one of us is supposed to turn into Superman?"
The 1982 episode featured cameos from sitcom royalty. Harriet Nelson of Ozzie and Harriet and Jane Wyatt of Father Knows Best joined Marion Ross in the beauty parlor. What a trio of sitcom moms!
Cathy Silvers and Erin Moran appear just as tight as Jenny and Joanie.
Choreographer Shirley Kirkes shows Erin Moran and Scott Baio how to dip.
Here's a look at the Arnold's set.
Eat your heart out, Karate Kid.
The gang poses outside of their "high school."
Don Most knows he was about to blow up as a pop star.
Just chilling, perhaps modeling some slacks.
Happy Days was hardly a bomb, guys.
The one and only Robin Williams poses on set when filming one of his Mork cameos.
Producers Ed Milkis, Tom Miller and Garry Marshall sit in their office in 1978. Photos from Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley hang on the wall.
Henry Winkler sits in his motel room in Santa Rosa, California, in 1977. He's talking by phone to the Senate subcommittee on alcoholism and drug abuse during a hearing in Washington. His phone call to D.C. followed a videotaped statement in which he said that while in college he "chugged" water instead of beer and was respected for it.
Spunky is a Fonz's best friend.
Tom Bosley, a.k.a. Mr. Cunningham, embraces his real-life wife Patricia Carr Bosley, as the TV Mrs. C, Marion Ross, hangs around in a back-stretching apparatus.
Marion Ross applies lipstick in a truck mirror in 1998, in the Studio City section of L.A. She had just driven the 1955 truck from San Diego to use it on her Happy Days Farm.
We'll miss you, Erin.