Parents' Guide to

Happy Days

By Lucy Maher, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Aaaaay! Classic feel-good sitcom is hokey but fun.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 10+

These Happy Days are not "Yours and Mine"

Promotes violence to solve problems. Treats women as sex objects. Perpetuates the myth that the 50s was a better time.

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Too much violence
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age 10+

all about family

I agree with the reviewer who said that the 1st 2 seasons are not for children under 10 and are, in fact, more for teenagers. The other seasons are for the whole family. At the beginning of the series Fonzie was a thug, but he soon shed that image and became more family-oriented, thereby showing viewers that people can and do change. (On occasion, though, he had the opportunity to put his street smarts to good use, beating up bad guys.) After all, the scripts had him as having a very unstable life as a child. Family was something Fonzie didn't have but clearly wanted and needed. That's why the Cunninghams took him in as a family friend, often taking him with them on major trips.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (19 ):

This show has always been perfect for family viewing, but the dated settings and situations may conspire to have tweens and older kids leaving it off their personal must-see list.

Among the scenes that take place at the local drive-in and diner are situations that revolve around comic confusion and misunderstanding, which is still a popular plot device in today's sitcoms. But what you'll see on Happy Days is a lot more innocent than what might appear on an ensemble sitcom like Friends or Cheers. In one episode, for example, Ralph and Potsie go to great lengths to hide the fact that they left the Cunninghams' gate open, allowing Fonzie's new dog to escape.

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