February 07, 2005 12:00 PM

ABC (Thurs., Feb. 3, 8 p.m. ET)


Bloopers, behind-the-scenes footage, warm memories. ABC’s look back at the hit sitcom Happy Days, which aired on the network from 1974 to ’84, has everything fans could ask for in a reunion. And, alas, more.

On the whole, this get-together of Ron Howard, Henry (The Fonz) Winkler and company is a pleasant diversion, thanks to the actors’ camaraderie and the irreverence of series creator Garry Marshall, who says he figured a comedy set in the ’50s wouldn’t show its age in reruns. The trouble with the two-hour special is too many extra innings. We hear how the cast loved softball, and we don’t mind a few clips of the Happy Days team on tour back in the day. But save those endless highlights from the reunion game—Donny Most strikes out!—for 3 a.m. on ESPN Classic.

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