Happier Days: Paramount Television's Classic Sitcoms, 1974-1984

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Billboard Books, 2006 - Performing Arts - 282 pages
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Happy Daysis here again... and so areMork & Mindy, Cheers,and the other Paramount greats



Ah, the golden age of television sitcoms. Remember the first time we saw Robin Williams...onMork & Mindy? Remember how funnyLaverne & Shirleywas? Remember settling down to watchCheersevery Thursday night for years? Here’s the inside scoop on all of those shows and more--the behind-the-scenes stories, the intricate interactions between cast and crew, the stories of how these shows were the springboard for dozens of great careers, for such stars as Tom Hanks (dressed as a woman! onBosom Buddies!), Penny Marshall, Andy Kaufman, Kelsey Grammar, Ted Danson, Henry Winkler, Judd Hirsch, Bebe Neuwirth, and so many more. Each chapter focuses on a specific hit series and is packed with intriguing details and interviews. Anyone who’s ever stayed up late to watch reruns ofTaxi(or any of the other great Paramount sitcoms) will want a copy ofHappier Daysto read during the commercials.




• Baby boomers everywhere will love this book

• Exclusive interviews with big stars who started in sitcoms

• Appeal for film buffs, celebrity followers, TV historians, and nostalgia fans
 

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Review: Happier Days: Paramount Television's Classic Sitcoms 1974-1984

User Review  - Duane - Goodreads

This is a great book for anyone who remembers those great sitcoms of the late 70s & early 80s. Starting with Happy Days, the author does a great job of showing us the people, companies, and times that ... Read full review

Contents

BEFORE A LIVE AUDIENCE
5
THREE CREATIVE FORCES EXPLODE
13
LOVE IN THE HAPPY DAYS
19
HELLO BLUE SKIES
43
MAKING THEIR DREAMS COME TRUE
63
TRIUMPH AND TRIBULATION
80
MORK CALLING PARAMOUNT
91
NANU NANU MEANS SUCCESS
112
BEARS ASSOCIATES AND CROSSDRESSERS
189
A NEW FAMILY IN TOWN
208
CHEERS TO YOU
224
Afterword
242
The Legacy
246
Timeline
261
Selected Credits
262
Sources
269

HEY TAXI
134
A NEW KIND OF FAMILY
163
DIFFERENT WORLDS
177

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About the author (2006)

Marley Brantis the author ofSouthern RockersandTales from the Rock ‘n’ Roll Highway, as well asFreebirds: The Lynyrd Skynyrd Story, which Booklist praised, saying, “Brant names the names and tells the tales...Long overdue, this is the most complete chronicle of Skynyrd.” The author lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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