The Best Episodes of Happy Days

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.

Richie's Job

#1 - Richie's Job

Season 7 - Episode 5

Wanting to have some money of his own, Richie gets a job loading papers for The Milwaukee Journal. A man named Frank, who works in the same department, doesn't like Richie right from the start.

star 7.91
11 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Chachi's Incredo-Wax

#2 - Chachi's Incredo-Wax

Season 6 - Episode 26

Needing extra money, Chachi begins selling Incredo-Wax, a miracle product that will shine anything. Unfortunately, it has disastrous side effects and ruins everything it touches.

star 7.90
10 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
The Other Richie Cunningham

#3 - The Other Richie Cunningham

Season 3 - Episode 5

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 7.90
20 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Fearless Malph

#4 - Fearless Malph

Season 6 - Episode 8

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 7.77
13 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
You Go to My Head

#5 - You Go to My Head

Season 2 - Episode 4

Richie reads a book about abnormal psychology and begins to think that there's something wrong with him.

star 7.74
39 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Football Frolics

#6 - Football Frolics

Season 3 - Episode 18

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 7.74
19 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Howard's 45th Fiasco

#7 - Howard's 45th Fiasco

Season 3 - Episode 8

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 7.73
22 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Guess Who's Coming to Christmas

#8 - Guess Who's Coming to Christmas

Season 2 - Episode 11

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

star 7.67
33 votes
Directors: Frank Buxton
Richie Fights Back

#9 - Richie Fights Back

Season 3 - Episode 6

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 7.67
36 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Richie Moves Out

#10 - Richie Moves Out

Season 2 - Episode 1

Richie feels that he doesn't have enough privacy, so he decides to move in with Chuck. He quickly discovers, though, that bachelor life isn't quite what he expected it to be.

star 7.65
60 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Kid Stuff

#11 - Kid Stuff

Season 6 - Episode 6

Fonzie and his girlfriend's son are getting along together as if they were father and son, but his girlfriend reveals that she and her estranged husband are getting back together.

star 7.64
11 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
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#12 - R.O.T.C.

Season 2 - Episode 5

Richie is named R.O.T.C. squad leader but has trouble controlling his squad. After several warnings to obey his commands, he puts them all on report.

star 7.62
34 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
The Magic Show

#13 - The Magic Show

Season 6 - Episode 14

Howard and Al are co-chairmen of a Leopard Lodge fund-raiser. When the magician/escape-artist they hired injures himself while attempting the milk-can escape, Fonzie suggests another magician, the Amazing Randi.

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
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Richie Gets Framed

#14 - Richie Gets Framed

Season 6 - Episode 15

Richie, who is running for class president, gets his picture taken at a massage parlor by his opponent. Richie thinks his campaign will be ruined if the picture gets out.

star 7.60
5 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris

#15 - Cruisin'

Season 2 - Episode 16

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 7.58
19 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Fonzie's New Friend

#16 - Fonzie's New Friend

Season 3 - Episode 12

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

star 7.58
21 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Fish and the Fins

#17 - Fish and the Fins

Season 2 - Episode 20

To hide from overzealous fans, a popular rock group (one of the members was Richie's childhood friend) is staying at the Cunningham house, but Richie can't tell anyone that they're there. This poses a problem for Richie because nobody believes he actually knows them.

star 7.58
21 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Jailhouse Rock

#18 - Jailhouse Rock

Season 3 - Episode 7

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 7.57
28 votes
Directors: Art Fisher
Smokin' Ain't Cool

#19 - Smokin' Ain't Cool

Season 6 - Episode 17

Joanie starts smoking to fit in with a club she's recently joined. Howard initially forbids her to smoke but, eventually, allows her to make her own decision. He is disappointed to find her smoking again later that night.

star 7.56
9 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Fonzie's Funeral (2)

#20 - Fonzie's Funeral (2)

Season 6 - Episode 23

Fonzie survives an explosion at the garage triggered by the counterfeiters. The counterfeiters don't know that Fonzie has survived, so a phony funeral is staged at their funeral parlor to entrap them.

star 7.56
9 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Do You Want to Dance?

#21 - Do You Want to Dance?

Season 5 - Episode 24

Fonzie's girlfriend is a moderately successful ballet teacher, but Fonzie has trouble accepting that she may be happier as a professional performer in New York.

star 7.56
9 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Be the First on Your Block

#22 - Be the First on Your Block

Season 1 - Episode 16

Howard wants to buy a bomb shelter to protect his family. Problems quickly arise when several of Richie's friends ask if they can use it.

star 7.55
38 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
All the Way

#23 - All the Way

Season 1 - Episode 1

Potsie sets Richie up with a girl known to have a reputation. Richie doesn't get far with her but leads Fonzie and others to believe he did.

star 7.55
236 votes
Directors: Mel Ferber
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The Deadly Dares

#24 - The Deadly Dares

Season 1 - Episode 6

Richie and Potsie, in their never-ending effort to get girls, decide that they want to join a gang called the Demons. However, in order to be accepted, they have to perform several dares.

star 7.55
64 votes
Great Expectations

#25 - Great Expectations

Season 1 - Episode 13

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

star 7.55
42 votes