A TV show’s impact is determined by whether or not people like the actors at the end of the day. That doesn’t mean the cast has to be full of world-class talent. But if an audience can’t get on board with the characters, it doesn’t matter how well a show is written or produced. “Happy Days” was a home run on all these fronts. And Ralph Malph actor Don Most has an idea as to why the show is still so charming to this day.
Over the course of 168 episodes, Don Most played the Ralph role to perfection. The zinging friend of Richie and Potsie, he relatably finds himself hilarious, even when others don’t always agree. Fortunately for Don, his co-stars were also great in their roles. And that brings us to the primary reason “Happy Days” is still so entertaining today: the casting.
In a 2017 interview with The Boise Beat, Don Most gave his thoughts on why “Happy Days” is still such a hit with audiences these days.
“I think the uppermost factor was the cast,” Most said. “You have to give the producers a lot of credit for the incredible casting job and the way that we all gelled together and worked together. The success of any TV series is really going to live and die with the audience’s appreciation and love of a cast…”
Credit where credit is due. The Ralph Malph actor spoke highly of producer Garry Marshall, who brought “Happy Days” to screens in the 1970s. He also credited Jerry Paris, the co-producer and director of most of the show’s episodes. And he’d be remiss if he forgot to include the writers.
But casting and production are far from the sole reasons that keep audiences coming back almost 50 years later.
The ‘Happy Days’ Star Credits Nostalgia With Show’s Timelessness
It’s something that pretty much everyone can relate to. Nostalgia is one of the most powerful feelings out there. Whether it’s something that reminds us of our childhoods or something depicting a time we wish we were a part of, the longing for those, well, happier days keeps us compelled.
“Happy Days,” of course, is set in the 1950s. And many of the people watching the show today weren’t around to watch it when it was on TV. But that doesn’t change the fact that the setting of the show represents a simpler time. That’s precisely what Don Most sees as one of the main factors in the “Happy Days” staying power.
“People can look back at the ’50s and that will never change,” Most continued in his interview with The Boise Beat. “It’s fun to look back, even though it’s a bit of a romanticized way. People enjoy that, so that’s a part of it that is in it’s own special niche.”