- Garry Marshall, 81; creator of "Happy Days."
- Archived: The "Jump the Shark" thread on the show that names just about everything originally right and everything wrong with it. This was a very good site that was sold to TV Guide, which got rid of it.
- "Happy Days" became one of the biggest hits on TV by selling its soul. I don't like The Onion but this nails it.
Its first year, in 1974 and set 18 years earlier, is very good: believable people (including minor character Fonzie the mechanic) and stories, and enough attention to detail to re-enact the time.
But viewers lost interest in it so Marshall sold out: "filmed before a studio audience," Fonziemania, and lazy, anachronistic 1970s style ruined it. "A loud, kid-friendly, multi-camera comedy more about gimmicks than intelligent storytelling or nuanced characters." If Bill Haley isn't singing over the opening credits, don't waste your time.