Happy Days had a great cast and solid family-based premise and break-out character upon which to build its success. However, the moment it started becoming hugely successful (1975-76 season), it started getting silly and dumbing-down its stories, characters, plots. Remarkably, despite this -- and despite losing two of its core characters/actors in 1980 -- the series remained in the top-20 Nielsen ratings and lasted to 1984. In the end, 255 episodes over 10.5 seasons were produced. Even if we accept that this series in its third season starting targeting 12-year-olds as its core audience, it still did a lot of dumb things that weren't good at the time and have aged very badly. So, what are your top stupid things this series did? I suggest: 1. Turning The Fonz into a wimp -- I get that they wanted the break-out character to be non-threatening and rather warm & fuzzy to mainstream 70s' viewers, but this went WAY overboard from around the fourth season or so. So, we had The Fonz 'secretly' going to night school to graduate, The Fonz crying, The Fonz becoming a successful business man, The Fonz being baptized, The Fonz playing with little kiddies, The Fonz becoming a high school teacher (!), The Fonz delivering Richie's child in lieu of a doctor, The Fonz adopting an orphan.... Yuck!! Talk about destroying a character's own premise and purpose. In the final season, when nobody was watching, they tried to have a few episodes where The Fonz was a bad-ass again, but by then Henry Winkler was, like, 57 or something.... 2. Making the 50s/60s look like the 70s/80s -- The show had a fairly accurate 20-years-past historical look in its first two seasons, and even in season three (and somewhat season four), after it moved to a sound-stage with live audience and began targeting the kiddie audience, it still retained some veneer of a historically accurate look. But from around season five (which began with the infamous 'Jump The Shark' story-line), the Happy Days characters of roughly 1958 to 1965 looked like disco and early-MTV characters. Am I wrong that Joanie had a bubble-perm at one point? 3. Replacing Ron Howard with Ted McGinley -- If they were going to carry on without Ron Howard (and Don Most), it made sense to shift the focus onto the Joanie-loves-Chachi angle, which they did by degrees. But why attempt to lamely replace the Ron Howard - Henry Winkler chemistry (which was superb, bad scripts aside) with a forced Ted McGinley - Henry Winkler aspect? Yuck. 4. Forced fashion and catch-phrases -- "Yowza, yowza, yowza"! "Wah-wah-wah!" Etc. And who could forget Scott Baio wearing that bandanna or whatever it was around his upper leg? What the hell was that?? 5. The Fonz's, his gang friends' and enemies', and Laverne & Shirley's Booklyn accents -- Yeah, I know Garry Marshall (creator) and Penny Marshall (Laverne) were from Brooklyn. But we have a bunch of characters in the Happy Days series -- all, evidently, born and raised in the mid-west in the 1930s to 1950s -- speaking with strong Brooklyn accents. Because.... why? I could go on, but those general aspects came to mind. It's sort of a pity in a way, because this show (whose cast, apparently, all got on extremely well for the duration of the show and even today) had a lot going for it in terms of premise, cast, and crew, and it certainly left its mark on mainstream American TV. But I think the focus on juvenile story-lines and characters really damaged its historical brand. Much of the show is probably unwatchable to today's audience, and understandably so. Happy Days is sort of unique in that it started off with a broader, more mature audience, and then seemed to get stupider and more juvenile as it went on... for years. What are your choices?