The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang

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The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang
Fonz and Happy Days Gang.jpg
The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang title card, with Cupcake, Ralph, Richie, Fonz, and Mr. Cool
Genre Cartoon series
Directed by George Gordon
Ray Patterson
Rudy Zamora
Starring Henry Winkler
Ron Howard
Donny Most
Voices of Didi Conn
Frank Welker
Narrated by Wolfman Jack
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 24
Production
Producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Don Jurwich
Duane Poole
Tom Swale
Running time 30 min.
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera
Paramount Network Television
Distributor Paramount Network Television (original)
CBS Television Distribution (current)
Release
Original network ABC
Original release November 8, 1980 (1980-11-08) – September 18, 1982 (1982-09-18)
Chronology
Followed by Laverne & Shirley in the Army
Related shows Happy Days

The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang is a Saturday morning animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera and Paramount Television and originally broadcast from November 8, 1980 until September 18, 1982.

Premise[edit]

Henry Winkler as The Fonz, Ron Howard as Richie Cunningham and Donny Most as Ralph Malph all supplied their voices to this animated version of the ABC TV series Happy Days.

The cartoon added an anthropomorphic dog, Mr. Cool, and a girl from the future, Cupcake, to the cast as they travel through history in a time machine, trying, as narrator Wolfman Jack put it, "...to get back to 1957 Milwaukee", placing the temporal abduction sometime in late Season 2 or early Season 3 of the live-action series.

Twenty-four episodes were produced. After the series ended, Henry Winkler as the Fonz and his sidekick dog, Mr. Cool, joined the Army and were added to the cast of the animated Laverne & Shirley in the Army, which premiered on October 10, 1981. The show was later renamed Laverne & Shirley with the Fonz and had the Fonz working in the motorpool as the chief mechanic. That series ran until September 3, 1983. Both series were syndicated with the animated version of Mork & Mindy as Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour.

Episode titles[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. Title Airdate Synopsis
1 "King for a Day" November 8, 1980 In the first episode, in which the time machine winds up in the year 1,000,000 B.C., a tribe of cave people select Ralph as their king for a day. But the gang wonders why the previous kings had such a short reign. The answer when revealed may lead to Ralph's doom unless Fonzie and the gang step in to help him.
2 "May the Farce Be With You" November 15, 1980 The time machine is close to getting to the year 1957, but it overshoots by a century, causing it to wind up in the year 2057. Worse yet, Cupcake's magic caused it to go into space. The gang manages to get it to the moon where they learn of an alien plot to conquer Earth. Can the Fonz stop their invasion plans?
3 "Arabian Knights" November 22, 1980 The time machine transports the gang to Ancient Iraq, where King Nebuchadnezzar II calls for some help to save his famous Hanging Gardens from an evil prince.
4 "Bye-Bye, Blackbeard" November 29, 1980 The time machine takes the gang to the Age of Pirates, where Edward Teach, a.k.a. Blackbeard needs the gang's help to find a lost treasure.
5 "Westward Whoa!" December 6, 1980 The time machine teleports the gang to 1800s, where they help out famous outlaw Billy The Kid.
6 "Ming Fu to You, Too! December 13, 1980 The gang's time machine takes them to the Ming Dynasty of China in 1371, where the Hongwu Emperor's actual throne is stolen, and Cupcake uses her magic to defeat an evil sorcerer to get it back.
7 "The Vampire Strikes Back" December 20, 1980 Unknowingly aided by Count Dracula, the gang's time machine winds up back to their present time of 1957, but not in Milwaukee. They end up in Transylvania, where they meet the count at his castle and have to overcome various horrors in order to escape - one of which has a scared boy Ralph turning into a savage werewolf.
8 "You'll Never Get Witch" December 27, 1980 While the gang is experiencing life in Massachusetts during the Salem Witch Trials in 1693, Cupcake is captured by a crazed witch hunter and now the gang must save her without Cupcake's help.
9 "The 20,000 Drachma Pyramid" January 3, 1981 The gang travels to Ancient Egypt, where they meet Cleopatra, and Ralph falls in love with her, but Cupcake sets him straight because history says that Caesar and Cleopatra dated.
10 "It's a Jungle Out There" January 10, 1981 The gang's time machine transports them to a jungle in Peru, circa 1532, where they meet friendly Incas, and save them from the wrath of Francisco Pizzaro.
11 "Gone With the Wand" January 17, 1981 In medieval Camelot, the gang comes to the aid of King Arthur and Merlin the Magician when the evil Black Knight imprisons Arthur and plots to take over his kingdom.
12 "Science Friction" January 24, 1981 In 19th century France, Cupcake transports the gang inside Jules Verne's imagination.
13 "Greece is the Word" January 31, 1981 In Ancient Greece, the evil Medusa kidnaps Hercules and the gang must save him.
14 "The French Correction" September 12, 1981 The time machine lands at the Fountainbleau Palace in France in 1625. The gang must find the missing king and protect the queen from an evil count who wants to take over the kingdom.

Season 2[edit]

No. Title Airdate Synopsis
14 "The Ridiculous Renaissance" September 12, 1981 The gang's time machine teleports them to Italy in the 1500s, where they meet the famous artist, scientist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci.
15 "Fonz Boone" September 19, 1981 The gang ends up in the American frontier, circa 1781, where they help save the legend of Daniel Boone.
16 "Haiku Humor " September 26, 1981 While the gang meets famous poet Matsuo Basho in 17th century Japan, Ralph is challenged to a showdown with a fierce samurai.
17 "It's All Downhill From Here" October 10, 1981 The machine is getting close to 1957, but it misses by four years & transports them to the 1953 Mount Everest Expedition led by Sir Edmund Hillary.
18 "Three Scientists & A Coconut" October 17, 1981 The machine transports the gang to a Cuban island, but they get help with three famous scientists: Sir Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla and Marie Curie.
19 "Fords & Sorcery" October 24, 1981 The time machine teleports the gang to 1900s Michigan, where Cupcake helps Henry Ford with his car business.
20 "There's No Place Like Rome" October 31, 1981 The machine teleports the gang to Ancient Rome, where they run into emperor Nero.
21 "The Other Gang" November 7, 1981 When the time machine's quantum circuits bust a fuse, the gang is stuck in Chicago, circa 1927, where they meet the notorious gangster Al Capone.
22 "Fonz's Christmas Carol" November 14, 1981 While in London in the year 1844, the gang discovers that the famed writer Charles Dickens has a heart of stone, and so they use the time machine to show Mr. Dickens the Christmas spirit.
23 "Ralph Takes Flight" November 21, 1981 The time machine transports the gang to Hawaii in 1935, where they accidentally become passengers on Amelia Earhart's famous flight from Hawaii to California.
24 "All's Fair At The World's Fair" November 28, 1981 The gang's time machine teleports the gang to a fair- The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco. While there, the machine becomes a star attraction to the fair.

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