1 9 7 2 – 1 9 7 4 (USA)
48 x 30 minute episodes
This animated sitcom featured the generation-gap laughs of old-fashioned father, Harry Boyle (president of the Boyle Restaurant Supply Company in Los Angeles) and his “with-it” 1970s kids; Alice, Chet and Jamie.
Harry was married to Irma, a woman who has bridged the generation gap. Ralph was the Boyle’s neighbour and Julius their family dog.
The show was wildly funny and clearly indebted to All In The Family, and although it was broadcast in a children’s timeslot the humour was almost certainly wasted on anyone below the age of puberty.
Many celebrities appeared on the show, sometimes voicing cartoon representations of themselves. Among them were Don Knotts, Phyllis Diller, Don Adams, Rich Little, Jonathan Winters, and Monty Hall.
Tom Bosley continued playing the suburban pop in Happy Days.