5 thoughts on “Roger Phillips on Happy Days Should Have Been a Returned Chuck Cunningham

  1. It’s a good idea that makes a lot of sense!

    I just realized that since Happy Days’ setting was somewhere in the 1960s when the show ended, Ritchie Cunningham probably got sent to Vietnam at some point. Where’s THAT spinoff?

  2. He and Ralph were out of the military by the time the war started in earnest, how often were guys called back in serve in Vietnam? And I wonder if Chachi would have been drafted.

  3. If I had to guess (assuming they even considered bringing back Chuck), maybe the thought so much time had passed without Chuck that the audience may have forgotten about him, and would therefore look at it as retconning in an older brother that hadn’t been mentioned before? (Obviously, that wouldn’t be true, but I could well imagine that’s how a lot of the audience would view it, especially if they had never seen the early episodes. Maybe if the show had at least mentioned Chuck every now and then, it would have been easier to pull off.) (But then, I have no idea if the idea of Chuck returning even occurred to anyone.)

  4. If Ritchie did any time in military service, he probably was stationed at the same camp Gomer Pyle was.

  5. Ted McGinley cast as a Returned Chuck Cunningham
    Was a wonderful idea and it
    Made a lot more sense than
    having Ted McGinley play
    Roger Phillips.
    Heck Randolph Roberts could
    have returned to Happy Days
    As Chuck Cunningham and Chuck Cunningham.could have
    Been an assistant basketball coach to head coach Roger Phillips Ted McGinley.
    Also why didn’t the producers of Happy Days keep Bag Zombroski (Neil J Schwartz) on
    Happy Days?
    Bag was a member of the Demons Club and BAG was always playing Practical Jokes on Richie Potsie and Ralph and
    Bag played the drums in Richie’s band.
    The character of BAG Disappeared from Happy Days with no explanation after the
    Season 4 episode The Book of
    Records and Bag Zombroski Neil J Schwartz was very similar to the character of Wally Plumstead Skip Young on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and Wally liked to play practical jokes on David and Rick Nelson.
    So Bag Zombroski Disappeared from Happy Days with no explanation just like Chuck Cunningham.
    Other characters who vanished into thin air besides Chuck Cunningham and Bag Zombroski were MOOSE played
    By BARRY GREENBERG and Eugene Belvin Denis Mandel and Melvin Belvin Scott Bernstein.

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