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Happy Days are here again….

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Happy Days is an American television sitcom that first aired this date in 1974 and ran for ten years. The show was originally based on a segment from ABC’s Love, American Style titled “Love and the Television Set,” later retitled “Love and the Happy Days” for syndication. Created by Garry Marshall, the series presents an idealized vision of life in the mid-1950s to mid-1960s in the United States

Set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the series revolved around teenager Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) and his family. Suave ladies man Arthur “Fonzie”/”The Fonz” Fonzarelli  (Henry Winkler) became Richie’s best friend and the Cunningham’s upstairs tenant. Fonzie began as a secondary character, but proved to be a favorite with viewers, and more storylines were written to reflect his growing popularity. Each of the eleven seasons of the series roughly tracks the eleven years from 1955 to 1965 in which the show was set.

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The show is the basis for the Happy Days musical touring the United States since 2008. The leather jacket worn by Winkler during the series was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution for the permanent collection at the National Museum of American History. (from Wikipedia and cute-calendar.com)

The Simpsons debut as a series

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The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a working-class lifestyle epitomized by the Simpson family, which consists of Homer, Marge, Bart (a 10-year-old troublemaker), Lisa ( a precocious 8-yar-old activist) and Maggie (the baby of the family who rarely speaks, but communicates by sucking on a pacifier); and pets of a dog named Santa’s Little Helper and a cat named Snowball. The show is set in the fictional town of Springfield and parodies American culture, society, television and many aspects of the human condition.

The family was conceived by Groening shortly before a solicitation for a series of animated shorts with producer James L. Brooks. Groening created a dysfunctional family and named the characters after members of his own family, substituting Bart for his own name. The shorts became a part of The Tracey Ullman Show in 1987. After a three-season run, the sketch was developed into a half-hour primetime show, debuting this date in 1989.

In 2000, the Simpson family was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It has won dozens of awards since its debuted as a series, including 31 Primetime Emmy Awards. Homer’s exclamatory catchphrase “D’oh!” has been adopted into the English language.  (from Wikipedia and cute-calendar.com)

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