The American television sitcom, Happy Days aired first-run from January 15, 1974, to September 24, 1984, on ABC. The show was created bys Garry Marshall and the series presents an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s United States. Happy Days was produced by Miller-Milkis Productions and Henderson Productions in association with Paramount Television. The series was one of the highest-rated shows of the 1970s.
Set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the series revolves around teenager Richie Cunningham and his family. Howard was his father, who owns a hardware store; Marion, his mother, was a traditional homemaker; Joanie was a younger sister; Chuck was the Richie’s older brother (seasons 1 & 2 only) and high school dropout, “The Fonz” Fonzarelli was a biker and suave ladies’ man, who would eventually become the Cunninghams’ upstairs tenant.
The earlier episodes revolve around Richie and his friends, Potsie Weber and Ralph Malph, with Fonzie as a secondary character. However, as the series progressed, Fonzie proved to be a favorite with viewers and soon more story lines were written to reflect his growing popularity, and Winkler was eventually credited with top billing in the opening credits alongside Howard as a result. Fonzie befriended Richie and the Cunningham family, and when Richie left the series for military service, Fonzie became the central figure of the show.