On this day 40 years ago, we were all introduced to one of TV’s most iconic characters as sitcom ‘Happy Days’ aired for the first time.
Henry Winkler’s ‘Arthur ‘Fonzie’ Fonzarelli’ and Scott Baio’s ‘Chachi Arcola’ would be joined by an array of (eventual) familiar faces in a TV series that would last 11 seasons and ten years. It also created a number of spin-off series, including ‘Mork and Mindy’ starring Robin Williams.
Interestingly, the show also coined the industry phrase ‘jumping the shark’, which is now used when a TV show is quite obviously declining in quality and using outlandish precedents to try and claw back viewers. It derived from the season five premiere in which Fonzie literally jumped a contained shark on water skis.