The BEST Episodes of Happy Days

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

A nostalgic comedy set in 1950s Milwaukee centered on the squeaky-clean Cunningham family and their relationship with Fonzie, a motorcycle-riding Casanova who became a pop-culture phenomenon during the show's heyday in the 1970s.

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The Other Richie Cunningham

#1 - The Other Richie Cunningham

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 7, 1975

Needing to make a good impression for a prospective business deal, Howard asks Richie to take the "Prince of Porcelain's" daughter out on a date. Richie, however, already has big plans and asks Potsie to take his place and pretend to be him.

star 8.70
63 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Dick Bensfield, Perry Grant
Football Frolics

#2 - Football Frolics

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 20, 1976

Needing money to get tickets to a big football game, Richie, Potsie, and Ralph decide to babysit 15 children on the night of Mardi Gras.

star 8.24
72 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: James Ritz
Howard's 45th Fiasco

#3 - Howard's 45th Fiasco

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 28, 1975

At his 45th birthday, Howard realizes that his life has been very dull up to this point, and he attempts to run away to Tahiti.

star 8.22
86 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Frank Buxton
Kiss Me Sickly

#4 - Kiss Me Sickly

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 29, 1975

Fonzie asks Richie to watch after his girl, Denise, while he's out of town at a demolition derby. Denise, upon hearing what Fonzie's asked Richie to do, decides to test Richie's trustworthiness. Richie succumbs to temptation and makes out with Denise at Inspiriation Point, but he later finds out that she has mononucleosis.

star 8.19
81 votes
Writers: James Ritz, Michael Weinberger
A Date with Fonzie

#5 - A Date with Fonzie

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 11, 1975

With Richie in a dating slump, Fonzie sets Richie and himself up on a double date with two of his girls, Laverne and Shirley.

star 8.17
114 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Lowell Ganz, Mark Rothman
Jailhouse Rock

#6 - Jailhouse Rock

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 21, 1975

Because the high school was vandalized, Officer Kirk imposes a curfew. Richie suggests that they demonstrate against the curfew, get arrested, and fight it in the courts. While Richie, Potsie, and Ralph are in the restroom at Arnold's discussing their plans, the lights go out, and they discover they are locked inside after Arnold closes up for the night.

star 8.11
95 votes
Directors: Art Fisher
Writers: Bob Brunner

#7 - Cruisin'

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 11, 1975

Richie, Postie, and Ralph are forced to go cruising for girls in Howard's DeSoto after Marion dents Richie's car at the supermarket. They find three girls but, later, find their boyfriends who are members of a gang called the Dragons.

star 8.09
85 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Ron Friedman
Beauty Contest

#8 - Beauty Contest

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 10, 1976

Richie, Potsie, and Ralph stage a beauty contest at Arnold's in order to meet girls. They plan to enter a plant into the contest who won't accept the prizes when chosen as the winner. Richie is uneasy about this but reconsiders when a cheerleader he's interested in enters.

star 8.06
77 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Michael Warren, William Bickley
Get a Job

#9 - Get a Job

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 25, 1975

Looking for work, Richie, Potsie, and Ralph agree to fix the fence of an attractive divorcee. When the woman leaves for awhile, Potsie and Ralph decide to take off, as well, leaving Richie to finish the job by himself.

star 8.06
87 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Bill Idelson
Great Expectations

#10 - Great Expectations

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Apr 16, 1974

Richie meets a beatnik named Diedre at the movies and gets caught up in her type of lifestyle.

star 8.03
113 votes
Writers: Bob Brunner, Michael Leeson
Fonzie's Getting Married

#11 - Fonzie's Getting Married

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 14, 1975

Fonzie announces that he's getting married and brings his bride-to-be to the Cunningham house for dinner. There, Howard recognizes her as stripper he saw at a hardware convention in Chicago.

star 8.00
92 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Lowell Ganz, Mark Rothman
They Call It Potsie Love

#12 - They Call It Potsie Love

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 2, 1975

Joanie develops a crush on Potsie after he sings to her at Arnold's.

star 7.85
107 votes
Fonzie Moves in

#13 - Fonzie Moves in

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 9, 1975

With Howard's hardware store about to face new competition, the Cunninghams decide they need to rent the room above their garage to generate extra income. Howard is shocked when Richie rents it to Fonzie.

star 7.78
106 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Lowell Ganz, Mark Rothman
Guess Who's Coming to Christmas

#14 - Guess Who's Coming to Christmas

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 17, 1974

Howard wants Christmas Eve to only include the family, but Richie discovers that Fonzie will be all alone.

star 7.76
138 votes
Directors: Frank Buxton
Writers: Bill Idelson
Fearless Malph

#15 - Fearless Malph

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 24, 1978

Richie is writing a story about fears and phobias, and he finds out that Ralph is afraid of nearly everything. While Richie, Potsie, and Ralph are visiting a professor whose specialty is fear, lab mice become agitated. The professor concludes that it is a sign that a tornado is coming.

star 7.76
45 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Walter Kempley
Wish Upon a Star

#16 - Wish Upon a Star

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 1974

Richie wins a date with a movie star, Cindy Shea, to a school dance, and Gloria breaks up with him because of circumstances surrounding it. Cindy, however, will only be able to meet up with Richie after the dance has started.

star 7.73
99 votes
Writers: Dick Bensfield, Perry Grant

#17 - Motorcycle

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 16, 1975

Fonzie finds his his bike in pieces, and the search is on to find out who did it.

star 7.73
122 votes
Dance Contest

#18 - Dance Contest

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 6, 1976

Marion, tired of the monotony of everyday house chores, decides to enter a televised dance contest. When Howard won't participate with her, she secretly enlists the help of Fonzie. Arnold unwittingly tells Howard that Marion has been at Arnold's early in the morning with another man, and Howard becomes suspicious.

star 7.71
104 votes
Directors: Norm Gray
Writers: Bob Howard
Fonzie Versus the She Devils

#19 - Fonzie Versus the She Devils

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 27, 1979

Unknowingly, Richie, Potsie, and Ralph are invited to a party hosted by the She Devils gang in which the Devil who brings in the biggest nerd wins a $100 prize. After Richie discovers the purpose of the party, he and the guys head for the door. However, several Devils come in carrying a sack containing a guy who jilted the sister of the gang's leader. The guy is Chachi.

star 7.71
17 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Sam Greenbaum
Fonzie's Blindness

#20 - Fonzie's Blindness

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 26, 1978

Al accidentally hits Fonzie in the head with a serving tray, and he becomes blind as a result.

star 7.69
49 votes
Richie Fights Back

#21 - Richie Fights Back

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 14, 1975

After being embarrassed at Arnold's by a couple of hoods, Richie wants to take a jujitsu class to learn how to defend and stand up for himself.

star 7.68
131 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Arthur Silver
The Howdy Doody Show

#22 - The Howdy Doody Show

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 18, 1975

Facing a deadline for the school paper, Richie tries to get a photo of Clarabell the clown, from The Howdy Doody Show, without makeup. To get on the set, Richie plans to get Ralph to enter a Howdy Doody look-alike contest the show is conducting.

star 7.68
90 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Bob Brunner
Two Angry Men

#23 - Two Angry Men

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 3, 1976

Fonzie takes Howard to court after Fonzie's pigeon cage falls through the roof of his apartment during a blizzard. Fonzie claims the weight of the snow caused the roof to collapse while Howard claims it was the pigeon cage.

star 7.67
104 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Joe Glauberg
Fonzie's New Friend

#24 - Fonzie's New Friend

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 25, 1975

Fonzie provides a drummer, who is black, to play with the band at Richie's party.

star 7.67
109 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Artie Laing, Sid Arthur
The Cunningham Caper

#25 - The Cunningham Caper

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 21, 1975

An ill Richie is home alone after the rest of the family go to see Cinerama. When he goes to see what is causing noises downstairs, he finds a burglar.

star 7.66
114 votes
Directors: George Tyne
Writers: James Ritz, Michael Weinberger