Watch This: Happy Days offered a very special episode on the “uncoolness” of smoking

One week a month, Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new show coming out that week. This week: The return of Amazon’s Red Oaks has us thinking about TV’s other exclusive clubs.

Happy Days, “Smokin’ Ain’t Cool” (season six, episode 17; originally aired 1/16/1979)

By season six, Happy Days had leaned right into the trappings that made its studio audience squeal with delight, and abandoned much of what it started out as: a coming-of-age show about young Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) growing up in Milwaukee. After the show switched to a live set, and Arthur Fonzarelli (Henry Winkler) became the series’ undisputed star, Happy Days undoubtedly grew more shallow, but no one could deny it was a crowd pleaser.

Since the Fonz was the key to the show’s success, he developed almost supernatural abilities: turning on jukeboxes by punching them, attracting women …

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