40 Years After ‘Happy Days,’ Do You Remember Its Spinoffs?

HAPPY DAYS, (Back L-R), Scott Baio, Henry Winkler, Erin Moran, (Seated L-R), Anson Williams, Marion Ross, Tom Bosley, Ron Howard, Donny Most, Al Molinaro, 1974-1984
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Chances are, fans of retro TV could probably name at least two spinoffs of ABC’s Happy Days — the two successful ones — but there are many more TV shows that can count the classic sitcom as a predecessor.

In fact, Happy Days itself was a spinoff of sorts, evolving out “Love and the Television Set,” an episode of the ABC anthology Love, American Style. That episode introduced the Cunningham family as Richie (Ron Howard) gets a new TV set that he and pal Potsie (Anson Williams) consider a chick magnet.