The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang

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The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang
Fonz and Happy Days Gang.jpg
GenreScience fiction
Comedy
Adventure
Directed byGeorge Gordon
Ray Patterson
Rudy Zamora
Voices ofHenry Winkler
Ron Howard
Donny Most
Didi Conn
Frank Welker
Narrated byWolfman Jack
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes24
Production
Producer(s)William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Don Jurwich
Duane Poole
Tom Swale
Running time30 min.
Production company(s)Hanna-Barbera Productions
Paramount Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 8, 1980 (1980-11-08) – September 18, 1982 (1982-09-18)
Chronology
Followed byLaverne & Shirley in the Army
Related showsHappy Days

The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang is an American animated science fiction comedy series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Paramount Television and originally broadcast during the Saturday morning schedule on ABC from November 8, 1980 until September 18, 1982. It is a spin-off of the live-action sitcom Happy Days.

Premise[edit]

Henry Winkler (Fonzie), Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham) and Donny Most (Ralph Malph) all reprised their respective roles for The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang.

In this series, Fonzie was joined by an anthropomorphic dog named Mr. Cool. The series focuses on Fonzie and his friends as they are visited by Cupcake, a girl from the future who pilots a malfunctioning time machine. After Fonzie repairs the machine, a subsequent accident causes the group to become missing in time. The series focuses on Fonzie and his friends as they land in different periods in time, attempting to return to their own. The introduction to the series was narrated by Wolfman Jack.

Twenty-four episodes were produced. After the series ended, the characters of Fonzie and Mr. Cool were introduced in the series Laverne & Shirley in the Army, which premiered on October 10, 1981. The series was subsequently renamed Laverne & Shirley with the Fonz and depicted Fonzie working in the motorpool as the chief mechanic. That series ran until September 3, 1983. Both series were syndicated with an animated spin-off of the series Mork & Mindy as Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley/Fonz Hour.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1980–81)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"King for a Day"November 8, 1980 (1980-11-08)
In the first episode, in which the time machine winds up in the year 1,000,000 BC, 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 (1980-11-15)
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 destroy Earth. Can the Fonz stop their invasion plans?
3"Arabian Knights"November 22, 1980 (1980-11-22)
The time machine transports the gang to ancient Iraq, where King Nebuchadnezzar II calls for some help to save his famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon from an evil prince.
4"Bye-Bye Blackbeard"November 29, 1980 (1980-11-29)
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 (1980-12-06)
The time machine teleports the gang to the Old West in the 1800s, where they help out famous outlaw Billy the Kid.
6"Ming Fu to You, Too!"December 13, 1980 (1980-12-13)
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 (1980-12-20)
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 Ralph turning into a savage werewolf.
8"You'll Never Get Witch"December 27, 1980 (1980-12-27)
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 (1981-01-03)
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 (1981-01-10)
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 (1981-01-17)
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 (1981-01-24)
In 19th century France, Cupcake transports the gang inside Jules Verne's imagination.
13"Greece Is the Word"January 31, 1981 (1981-01-31)
In ancient Greece, the evil Medusa kidnaps Hercules and the gang must save him.

Season 2 (1981)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
14"The French Correction"September 12, 1981 (1981-09-12)
The gang teams up with the Three Musketeers to save the Queen in 1625 France.
15"Kelp!"September 19, 1981 (1981-09-19)
Fonz and the gang end up in 3817 on the ocean floor in a battle between the kelp farmers of Aqua City and a greed surface-dweller who wants to destroy the city to get at the gold below.
16"Time Schlep"September 26, 1981 (1981-09-26)
On their way to Milwaukee 1957, the gang gets stuck in a time storm in the Bermuda Triangle where they meet Ula and her giant ape, Mongo. They are pursued by villains on a hover transport.
17"It's All Downhill from Here"October 10, 1981 (1981-10-10)
The gang finds themselves in 1864 Greenland and traveling to Jules Verne's Center of the Earth to help Anna find her father.
18"Double Jeopardy"October 17, 1981 (1981-10-17)
The evil stepmother of the Princess of Siam is plotting against the Princess and only Fonzie and the gang can save her.
19"Fjords and Sorcery"October 24, 1981 (1981-10-24)
Viking Sorceress Grimhilde strands the gang, so they must find the second magical bracelet to right the situation.
20"There's No Place Like Rome"October 31, 1981 (1981-10-31)
In ancient Rome the gang must save Claudia from Julius Maximus.
21"Perilous Pauline"November 7, 1981 (1981-11-07)
Grimsley Gladewater has foreclosed on Pauline's home and impounded the time machine, so the Fonz must rescue Pauline over and over.
22"Around the World in 80 Ways"November 14, 1981 (1981-11-14)
Losing the shrunken time machine in a trophy cup, the gang must enter Jules Verne's race around the world.
23"All This and Timbuktu"November 21, 1981 (1981-11-21)
Landing in Central Africa around 1100, the team meets a beautiful and capable jungle woman and joins her quest to find her kidnapped astronomer father.
24"Give Me a Hand – Something's Afoot"November 28, 1981 (1981-11-28)
Fonz and the Gang meet Sherlock Holmes in 1899 London. They must foil Professor Moriarty's plot to steal the Crown Jewels to use in a more nefarious scheme.

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