"Love and the Television Set" (later retitled "Love and the Happy Days") was an episode of Love, American Style which aired on ABC-TV on February 25, 1972. Written by Garry Marshall, the segment would later serve as inspiration for Marshall to develop an idea for a new sitcom series based upon the characters from the episode, which would become Happy Days.

The characters introduced in the episode that would later appear in Happy Days were Richie Cunningham, Marion Cunningham, Howard Cunningham, Joanie Cunningham, Potsie Weber, and Chuck Cunningham.

Footage from this episode was repurposed for flashback scenes in the Happy Days episode "Who's Sorry Now," in which Tannis G. Montgomery reprises her role as Arlene Nestrock.


The Cunninghams, an American family in the mid 1950s in Milwaukee, Wiscosin, gets their first television. The teenage son Ritchie and his friend Potsie assume it can be used as a chick magnet. This was a precursor to the Happy Days series.



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