Garry Marshall, Dead at 81

Garry MarshallGarry Marshall was 81. He created such television shows as Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy and directed movies, including The Flamingo Kid and Pretty Woman.


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The Voice of Reason

The world is a less happy place without this man.

R.I.P.

July 20, 2016 @ 7:07 AM

Al The Royal Pain

We've lost another legend.

July 20, 2016 @ 8:40 AM

Barry

Sad news. I grew up on his shows in the 70s. Happy Days was a favourite, particularly the earlier single-camera episodes.

Looking back, I wonder how much the Happy Days shift from single-camera to multi-camera with studio audience impacted his career. It certainly wasn't his first gig, and not even his first hit show, but it seems like the one that really sent him into orbit.

But he made a bold move in the middle of the second season. Sensing that the popularity of his hit show might be waning, he moved it into a studio with an audience. The show, obviously, changed dramatically, particularly the Fonz character, who went from a subdued cool guy in the neighbourhood to a big personality, and soon became the show's central character. Happy Days went from hit to icon, spawned several spinoffs, and Marshall's name became gold.

Without that bold, mid-season change, Happy Days may not have seen a third season, few would remember the name "Fonz," and where Garry Marshall's career ended up is anyone's guess. He used to be unfairly criticized for doing "safe" comedy, but he took a whopper of a risk, and those of us who grew up on his work are better for it.

July 20, 2016 @ 9:37 AM

Tron

I really liked Mork & Mindy and enjoyed Laverne & Shirley. My mom was into Happy Days along with my sister.

With the good comes the bad, as Marshall directed what might be my most hated concept for a major film which was Pretty Woman lol.

July 20, 2016 @ 1:53 PM

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