We have just read that Happy Days originally had a different name, but did you also know it had some spin-off shows that became hits in their own rights, and even made mega stars of some of their actors? Happy Days had four spin-off shows that had varying success, one of them might really surprise you. Two became hits, and two failed.
The first show we will mention that failed was the short lived Joanie Loves Chachi that ran from 1982 until 1983 on ABC. It starred Erin Moran and Scott Baio who were acst members of Happy Days.
The second failure was also the shortest lived. It was Blanksy’s Beauties, and it ran for only a few months in 1977. Its pilot episode was actually a anniversary special of Happy Days.
One of the successful spin-off series was Laverne and Shirley. It ran from 1976 until 1983 and consisted of 178 episodes. Laverne and Shirley made their first appearance in a Happy Days episode in 1975. Cast members from Happy Days made regular appearances in Laverne and Shirley also.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the spin-off’s was Mork and Mindy. Mork from Ork made his first appearance in Happy days on February 27, 1978, and had a follow up appearance in the March 5, 1979 episode, “Mork Returns”. Mork became extremely popular with both cast members and the viewing public and was very soon given his own show. Mork and Mindy ran from 1978 until 1982 and consisted of 95 episodes.