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Happy Days is an American sitcom television series that aired first-run on the ABC network from January 15, , to September 24, , with a total of half-hour episodes spanning eleven seasons. Based on the pilot, director George Lucas cast Howard as the lead in his film American Graffiti , causing ABC to take a renewed interest in the pilot. The first two seasons of Happy Days focused on the experiences and dilemmas of "innocent teenager" Richie Cunningham, his family, and his high school friends, attempting to "honestly depict a wistful look back at adolescence". The earlier episodes revolve around Richie and his friends, Potsie Weber and Ralph Malph , with Fonzie as a secondary character.
The Cunningham family Christmas is all set but Richie finds out Fonzie despite being popular is alone this holiday. So, Richie decides to ask his folks to let him join them No one believes Richie's claims that he not only saw a flying saucer but personally interviewed its pilot, an alien named Mork, who tried to take him back to planet Ork as an example of an average, The Fonz picks two of his favorite chicks out of his not-so-little black book to help Richie out of a dating dry spell.
The popular show achieved the number one Nielsen rating in its third season. But under his leather jacket, Fonzie was anything but rebellious. Although never a success with the critics, Happy Days left its mark on the larger culture , with Fonzie becoming a pop culture icon. Howard, who had received his start in television on The Andy Griffith Show —68 , also became an important motion picture director.