Happy Days borrowed The Brady Bunch backyard when Fonzie played the bongos

Garry Marshall created Happy Days so his Brady Bunch-loving kids would tune in. Imagine their delight when those two worlds collided!

Everybody on the dancefloor suddenly stopped swaying on Happy Days when Fonzie hopped on stage and began playing his "bongo solo."

This was the agreement in "Fonzie Joins the Band" — that Fonzie could play a Leopard Lodge gig with Richie and the other guys for hooking them all up with tuxedos to look sharp.

It's a funny moment, but next time you watch, take a minute to survey the surroundings at this Leopard Lodge dance. We think fans of classic TV will find the backyard in which it takes place is rather familiar.

Look at the wooden beams above the band and the cinder blocks behind them.

In moments when Fonzie and Richie pow-wow, that brown fence they lean on — what other TV family have you seen lined up in front of that fence? Or sending their housekeeper to take a seat in a dunk tank in front of that brown fence? Perhaps re-enacting Snow White and the Seven Dwarves under those wooden beams? The wood beams, seen above, are the real give-away this is the same set.

The Brady Bunch had one of the most memorable TV homes of all time, and the backyard is iconic. So it's a TV lover's joy to see Happy Days throw a party in this very particular space. Especially since in many ways, The Brady Bunch passed the torch to Happy Days when Garry Marshall first got the idea to do his family sitcom.

In March 1974, The Brady Bunch ended its original run, three months after Happy Days premiered. In Marshall's memoir My Happy Days in Hollywood, the Happy Days series creator, coming off a hit with The Odd Couple, explained that he decided to create the Cunninghams to impress his own kids for once.

"They rejected the sophisticated humor of Oscar and Felix and instead couldn't get enough of The Brady Bunch," Marshall said.

As their father, he was jealous that he couldn't get even his own kids to turn the dial to his creations.

"That was one of the reasons I created Happy Days, so my kids would tune in to me," Marshall joked.

You have to wonder if their little eyes lit up to recognize the Happy Days world blending with the Brady world in "Fonzie Joins the Band."

Of course, this wasn't the first time that happened. Just three episodes before Fonzie's big scene with the bongos, Marcia Brady actor Maureen McCormick guest-starred on Happy Days in "Cruisin'."

Maybe it wasn't a big deal for McCormick, who was used to all the attention, but for us, it was pretty groovy to see the Marcia actor smiling at Richie and Fonzie.

In an interview, McCormick said the worlds between these two hit shows — and others filming on the same lot — were blending all the time, but especially at lunch.

"We all usually went to the commissary for lunch," McCormick told the Television Academy. "It was cool because there were so many great shows being shot on the lot. You'd see people from Star Trek and Happy Days."

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bradyguy 17 months ago
Since we're on the subject of Happy Days/Brady Bunch - I offer up one of my toughest BB trivia Qs....it IS an essay question - "Complete the Happy Days/Brady Bunch Connection"...GO!
Ace60 37 months ago
I have me tv Local Regular TV Cable TV antenna airways I get 72 channels
Mark091 41 months ago
I have a question that has never been answered BAG Zombroski played the drums in Richies band on season one and season two of HAPPY DAYS
Sticks Downey Jr played the drums in season three of Happy Days
DAPHNE played the drums.in season four and CHACHI played the drums on seasons five through season seven Did BAG ZOMBROSI Neil J Schwartzi Sticks Downey Jr..John Anthony Bailey DAPHNE Hillary Horan and
Chachi Arcola really play the drums
On Happy Days?????
Also why did STICKS DOWNEY replace BAG as the new drummer in
Richie's band on season three of
HAPPY DAYS????? ..,.................at has nev
Wiseguy 41 months ago
I rarely notice a redressed set (although seeing The Brady Bunch house set on several episodes of Mannix was easy.) I never even realized Laverne & Shirley used The Odd Couple's apartment set until recently (even with the front door/closet door setup).
Mark091 41 months ago
I read the article about FONZIE Joins
The BAND I have a question about the Happy Days episode Crusin'
Maureen McCormick AKA MARSHA
BRADY played HILDIE What were the
Real names of Judy and Terri(Judy and Terri were the two girls hanging out with HILDIE CRUISING is the episode where RICHIE Cunningham Ron Howard and Potsie Anson Williams and Ralph Donny Most
Make a bet with BAG ZOMBROSKI Neil J Schwartz on who can come up
First with a date
Mark091 Mark091 40 months ago
Here is my List of the Top Ten
Best Practical Jokers ever on
2 Ralph Malph Donny Most on
Happy Days
3 HAWKEYE Alan Alda on MASH
4 Eddie Haskell Ken Osmond on
LEAVE it to Beaver
5 Lumpy Rutherford Frank Bank on Leave it to Beaver
6 Bag Zombroski Neil J Schwartz
On Happy Days
7 Wally Plumstead Skip Young.
On The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
8 Sgt Hacker Allan Melvin on
Gomer Pyle USMC
9 Sgt Carter Frank Sutton on
Gomer Pyle USMC
10Phil Franklin Lennie Weinrib
On the Dick Van Dyke Show
bradyguy Mark091 17 months ago
Can you please buy a computer keyboard that works??? LOL
HerbF 41 months ago
Standing sets were reused ALL THE TIME at the different studios. This isn't anything or special. It saved on costs to build a set for one episode, when a standing set could be used.

Revue-MCA would often made double-use of sets - you can see the Cleaver house sets from LEAVE IT TO BEAVER pop up on the MCA Anthologies like ALFRED HITCHOCK PRESENTS - Even after MCA bought out Universal, they would do this, as they did when they leased space at Republic Studios and then at Universal-International before the purchase.
JoeyZone11 41 months ago
I would've paid good money to eat in that commissary on any givin day!!!
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