The BEST Episodes of Happy Days

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2019

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.

Welcome Home (2)

#1 - Welcome Home (2)

Season 11 - Episode 5

Still upset about having given up on his dream as a screenwriter and having to pretend to be happy all of the time, Richie takes out his frustrations on everyone around him - including punching Fonzie in a bar.

star 8.20
10 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Brian Levant, Fred Fox, Jr.
Hi Yo Fonzie, Away

#2 - Hi Yo Fonzie, Away

Season 9 - Episode 17

The gang tries to get the Lone Ranger, Fonzie's idol, to appear at his birthday party. Meanwhile, Fonzie thinks about becoming a one-woman man.

star 8.12
8 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Fred Fox, Jr., Richard Correll
Fonzie Versus the She Devils

#3 - Fonzie Versus the She Devils

Season 7 - Episode 11

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 7.93
14 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Sam Greenbaum
The Other Richie Cunningham

#4 - 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
30 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Perry Grant, Dick Bensfield
Guess Who's Coming to Christmas

#5 - 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 7.88
51 votes
Directors: Frank Buxton
Writers: Bill Idelson
The People vs. the Fonz

#6 - The People vs. the Fonz

Season 11 - Episode 11

Fonzie is accused of hitting a trouble-making student but refuses to testify at a school-board hearing. By not doing so, he runs the risk of being ruled against and getting fired.

star 7.88
8 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Richard Gurman
You Go to My Head

#7 - 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 7.77
52 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: Phil Mishkin

#8 - Motorcycle

Season 3 - Episode 2

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

star 7.77
38 votes
May the Best Man Win

#9 - May the Best Man Win

Season 10 - Episode 19

Fonzie is the best man at the wedding of an old pal, but the bride-to-be stops the ceremony after spotting Fonzie. Meanwhile, K. C. awaits word about a part in the school musical.

star 7.75
4 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Richard Gurman
A Date with Fonzie

#10 - A Date with Fonzie

Season 3 - Episode 10

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 7.75
32 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Mark Rothman, Lowell Ganz
Potsie Quits School

#11 - Potsie Quits School

Season 6 - Episode 26

Facing failing his anatomy final, Potsie threatens to quit school. Fonzie tells him to use music as a tool to help him with the exam. Meanwhile, Joanie and Howard are at odds over her less-than-stellar report card, and Fonzie needs a new pair of boots.

star 7.73
15 votes
Writers: David Reo
Richie Fights Back

#12 - 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 7.73
47 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Arthur Silver
Fonzie's New Friend

#13 - 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 7.72
28 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Sid Arthur, Artie Laing
R. C. & L. B. Forever

#14 - R. C. & L. B. Forever

Season 8 - Episode 19

Richie and Lori Beth want to get married, but Lori Beth cannot go to Richie's base until they're already married. Roger suggests that they have a ceremony in which a proxy stands in for Richie because he can't be there in person. Fonzie volunteers to be the proxy.

star 7.71
7 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Fred Fox, Jr.
Howard's 45th Fiasco

#15 - 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 7.71
31 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Frank Buxton
They Shoot Fonzies, Don't They?

#16 - They Shoot Fonzies, Don't They?

Season 4 - Episode 8

Joanie enlists Fonzie to be her partner for a marathon dance at Arnold's. She desperately wants to outlast cheerleading captain Jill Higgins who had cut Joanie from the squad earlier. Prior to the dance, however, Fonzie's motorcycle breaks down, and he is forced to push it for 12 miles.

star 7.70
27 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Steffen Zacharias, Steve Zacharias
The Cunningham Caper

#17 - The Cunningham Caper

Season 2 - Episode 14

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 7.70
30 votes
Directors: George Tyne
Writers: Michael Weinberger, James Ritz
It Only Hurts When I Smile

#18 - It Only Hurts When I Smile

Season 8 - Episode 10

Fonzie comes down with a terrible toothache but refuses to see a dentist. Meanwhile, Howard is upset about Joanie's choice of attire for a wedding she's attending.

star 7.70
10 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Barry Rubinowitz
Richie Moves Out

#19 - 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 7.70
69 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Art Baer, Ben Joelson
Fonzie the Superstar

#20 - Fonzie the Superstar

Season 3 - Episode 18

With Potsie away, the guys try to get Fonzie to take his place as the band's singer for the Senior Dance.

star 7.67
27 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Arthur Silver, Barry Rubinowitz
Where the Guys Are

#21 - Where the Guys Are

Season 11 - Episode 3

In an attempt to help Fonzie move on after his break-up with Ashley, Potsie, Chachi, and Roger take him on a retreat to a singles resort. However, to get him to go, they tell him they're going to a sporting camp. When they arrive at the lake, Fonzie discovers what the resort is all about and says he's going to leave. He ends up staying which puts a damper on the rest of the guys' fun.

star 7.67
6 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Nancy Stein, Neil Thompson, Nancy Steen
Dance Contest

#22 - Dance Contest

Season 3 - Episode 15

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 7.64
22 votes
Directors: Norm Gray
Writers: Bob Howard

#23 - 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 7.63
46 votes
Directors: Jerry Paris
Writers: Mickey Rose

#24 - Haunted

Season 2 - Episode 6

After experiencing a few strange happenings, Richie begins to buy into the legend that the place where their Halloween party is to be held, the old Simpson house, is haunted.

star 7.61
54 votes
Directors: Garry Marshall
Writers: David Ketchum, Bruce Shelly
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 7.60
55 votes
Writers: Bob Brunner, Michael Leeson