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  1. Swenson

    Happy Days

    I don't remember Out of the Blue at all. It took a deeper Google search to glean information about it. They only produced 12 episodes with only eight airing. I guess Random was tied to Happy Days after an episode where Chachi falls asleep in a booth and dreams about selling his soul to the devil's nephew and I guess Random saves him. Actually as with Mork....this was more like a pilot episode for Out of the Blue than an actual spinoff....though it is listed as such. ABC must've been desperate for ratings at that time....they did a lot of stupid things.....like how on Mork & Mindy, they decided that a new baby was needed ....it turned out to be Jonathan Winters. That must've been a painful delivery for Mindy.....or did she lay an egg? And since Orkans aged backwards....how would it have looked to have Mindy married to a kid? I know! Let's do a reboot....have Pam Dawber reprise her Mindy character who would be sixty something by now....and hire a kid to play Mork. That is if Pam Dawber is still alive.....I'm not sure.
  2. Swenson

    Happy Days

    I actually liked the Ted McGinley character "Jefferson Darcy" in the latter seasons of Married With Children....though I though Steve had a better dynamic with Al Bundy. Other than Laverne & Shirley, whose characters were introduced on Happy Days before they moved into their own show, they really didn't have much luck with spinoffs. Mork was successful, but that was more the genius of Robin Williams. I saw somewhere that "Joanie Loves Chachi" was considered the single worst television series ever....but I have a worse one....another sort of spinoff. They introduced the character Nancy Blansky (Nancy Walker) as a relative of Howard Cunningham, before she was transported into the future to "Blansky's Beauties".....an absolute travesty of a show. Pat Morita, who played Arnold....left for Mr. T and Tina, another stinkfest. Arnold of course was replaced by Al Delvecchio as proprieter at Arnold's before he also went to Joanie loves Chachi, and to my knowledge, didn't return until the last episode, when he attended the wedding ministered by "Father Delvecchio".
  3. I have a crush on Elizabeth. She's just awesome. And she does great as host. She has fun, the way she likes to ride on top of the podium when it makes the turn is pretty sexy if no one minds me saying that. I sure never saw Peter Tomarken do that. Hope you're resting well Pete....you were the man. And I think Jason did the right thing by walking. He won the car he needed, the fishing boat, I was thinking there was a lot of celebrating and man it would really suck if he hit a whammy because they'd been cruel to the other two players. Happy he didn't get too greedy. Good 4 u man!
  4. Swenson

    Happy Days

    The show in the it's early seasons did try to deal with some serious issues that were relevant in the 1950's and still unfortunately are still having struggles with to this very day. Like why build a bomb shelter for your own safety if it means you have to shut out the people around you that mean the most to you? And who would want to live in a world like that anyway? Another episode dealt with the segregation issues of the time when the Cunninghams host a wedding in their home for a black couple. I'm glad that Marion who struggled with her own feelings on prejudice, offered to have the wedding in her house after Howard's friend Fred's future father in law wouldn't hold the wedding because Howard was the best man. Later, Howard gave the speech to Richie more or less implying that by the time he got married and had kids of his own, that he could effect futhur change by instilling those lessons for his own children to eventually pass on. I've always had that hope too. And while societies have indeed become much more integrated and some attitudes have changed....especially from where it was then, in 2020 we still have issues to overcome. But why? We are all one race......human. While we can't change the past, we could certainly effect the future.
  5. Swenson

    Happy Days

    The latest episode shown featured an appearance by real life nostalgia group Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids playing fictional group "Johnny Fish & The Fins" where Mrs. C. had to help Richie save face by getting nosebleed tickets for his friends. But good ole Rich always did the right thing and kept his word to be hush about the group staying at the Cunningham house. Flash Cadillac had a real life top 40 hit in the summer of 1976 with "Did You Boogie With Your Baby" featuring the voice of iconic DJ Wolfman Jack.
  6. Swenson

    Happy Days

    Yeah maybe I can look that up, because I don't remember Bag being on Laverne & Shirley. I agree that after Ron Howard left, and Donny Most as well....I didn't get into it nearly as much. It seemed as it went on, they were introducing new characters that didn't really represent the period they were supposed to represent, like Roger, or Jenny Piccolo, or KC Cunningham. It was supposed to be the early to mid 60's. About the only thing that did was the weekly cheesy songs being performed by Joanie & Chachi....because during that period there seemed to be a lot of Male/Female duets on the pop chart.
  7. Swenson

    Happy Days

    Season two was about the time the character of Richie's older brother Chuck more or less disappeared with no explanation of what happened to him.....by the last episode, even Howard talked about raising TWO wonderful children at Joanie and Chachi's wedding. What a great dad! Yeah right. And I guess with the rise of the Fonz, they did away with Bag as well.
  8. Happy Days.....first I can't believe I needed to create a topic for this classic show, once the number one show in America. Reruns are back courtesy of MeTV.....currently airing season two episodes with a notable change. They stopped using Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock" as the opener, instead playing the Happy Days theme that was used beginning season three through the end of the series. The first two seasons of course are the best the series ever was when the show focused more on the Cunningham family, Richie and his friends before Fonzie became the central character and before the "jump the shark" episode which to this day is a term used to describe when a popular show makes a drastic turn downward. Maybe there's just not enough people who remember this show.
  9. Anyway, I think Roller Derby still has the potential to be a good "made for tv" sport....but I would make it unscripted and unrehearsed. My league would throw out "derby names'"....like in the old days, there would be men and women's squads that would alternate periods. It would be on a banked track, the match would be four 12 minute periods with the male and female teams alternating, A jam would last 60 seconds and the jam would automatically end when one jammer achieves a grand slam....if the designated lead jammer achieves this first, two bonus points would be awarded for a maximum of six. If the opposing jammer makes a grand slam first, no bonus would be awarded for a max of four. If for some reason the team's designated jammer is taken off the track either by being forced off or removed by penalty, the team's pivot would take over with no lead designation. The action would always be moving. After the starting formations are set, a whistle would blow and a mandatory "pace lap" would be skated in formation before a double whistle would begin the 60 second jam. As it is now, it looks more like a rugby scrimmage where once the jammer breaks through....the pack just seems to remain stationary waiting for the jammer to come around again.....this is boring. And with unlimited passes for an entire two minutes, scores are ridiculously high. I watched one bout where one team built like a 150 point lead on the other and what's the point? Anyway that's the gist of it. There would be no staged fighting.... punching and shoving would be penalized by removing the offender off the track for the remainder of the current jam. Those are just a few ideas I'm throwing out there.
  10. Yeah....I used to like the Bay Bombers. They could play a match in the Oakland Coliseum stadium and out draw the A's. And even though Jerry Seltzer's roller derby wasn't absolutely 100% unscripted....it certainly wasn't as over the top theatrical like it's rival Rollergames featuring the L.A. T-Birds. I saw some things you would just never see on tv today....like the time I swear I saw Big John Johnson take what looked like a pick axe and gore an opponent with it as the announcer screams NOOOOO! I was just a kid, and it gave me nightmares.
  11. I wouldn't have wanted her to come back an addict, I mean look at how she handled it during her paranoid pot induced babysitting episode when her "real" best friend Millie came to save her. I mean she freaked out over the dog waking up because she really believed they were all just the dogs dream. I can accept that she ran off to find herself....people do that when they feel trapped by their lives. It would just be so hard to make the dad understand. You had the feeling she didn't really want to go to the summit anyway. She felt she HAD to. And poor Ken, he lost both his friends, Nick to disco, and Daniel to D&D. Must've been a lonely summer for him.
  12. What do you think happened to Lindsey after she shunned the academic summit to run around with a bunch of stoned deadheads all summer? Surely the folks were gonna check up on her right? She's in for a great big grounding. And no way they would allow her to run with Kim again.
  13. I realize that it was done for comic affect.....but why wouldn't Leonard put a damn t-shirt on underneath that itchy sweater Sheldon makes him wear until he returns that Mario Bros. or whatever it was to the rental place? You have to be a moron to agree to that. It's cheating but so what?
  14. I have an Android app of this game. And tonight, I saw the wall do the same thing my app does to me.....only it's not real money. You know the drill ....green balls find the 1's and 10's...the red balls are like smart bombs drawn to the big money slots. The sisters went home with $104. Hey, it's better than I do.
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