The real happy days were before America discovered the Fonz.
They were during the first season of Happy Days. Before the series became "The Fonzie Show," with these typical plot lines: Fonzie conquers Suicide Hill, Fonzie goes blind, Fonzie saves the world from nuclear destruction. Before the live studio audience went berserk whenever the Fonz (Henry Winkler) entered the set. And before "Aaaaay" became part of the language of TV watchers.
Those who have forgotten what a sweet, mellow show it was will have a chance to rediscover the earlier "Happy Days" this week, when the series starts all over again on KTLA. The first episode airs Saturday at noon; the second follows.
The first episodes showed the Cunningham familyat its '50s best: unliberated mother, Marion (Marion Ross); small-business owner dad, Howard (Tom Bosley); typical teen-ager, Richie (Ron Howard), and smart-mouth daughter, Joanie (Erin Moran).