Happy Days (1974–1984)
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Guess Who's Coming to Christmas 

The Cunningham family Christmas is all set but Richie finds out Fonzie (despite being popular) is alone this holiday. So, Richie decides to ask his folks to let him join them ...but will his folks or Fonzie accept?


Frank Buxton


Garry Marshall (created by) (as Garry K. Marshall), Bill Idelson




Episode cast overview:
Ron Howard ... Richie Cunningham
Marion Ross ... Marion Cunningham
Anson Williams ... Potsie Weber
Henry Winkler ... Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli
Erin Moran ... Joanie Cunningham
Don Most ... Ralph Malph (as Donny Most)
Tom Bosley ... Howard Cunningham
Al Molinaro ... Al Delvecchio
Beatrice Colen ... Marsha Simms
Randolph Roberts ... Chuck Cunningham
Robert Casper ... Orville
Marjorie Bennett ... Mrs. Harrison
Misty Rowe ... Wendy


The Cunninghams are looking forward to their usual family holidays together. However, Richie finds out that his friend Fonzie, despite being popular,is all alone at Christmas. He asks his parents if Fonzie can share their holiday, eventually they agree and Richie invites him, although he's reluctant at first. Written by happipuppi13

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Plot Keywords:

christmas | christmas episode | See All (2) »


Comedy | Family | Music






Release Date:

17 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guess Who's Coming to Christmas See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Contrary to popular belief, this episode did not get excluded from DVD releases. The only thing that happened is that a song got omitted from the soundtrack. See more »

Alternate Versions

When this episode was rerun in 1975, it was presented as a flashback episode featuring a new introduction where Fonzie recounts the story to Arnold (Pat Morita). In 1976, after Morita left the show, the episode was rerun with another introduction where Fonzie tells the story to his replacement, Al ('Al Molinaro'). Syndicated reruns usually show the version with Al. This introduction features the only mention of Chuck Cunningham after his character was dropped in the second season. See more »


References Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) See more »


Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Erin Moran
Performed by Tom Bosley
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No Christmas Episode in DVD Complete Season
17 June 2010 | by lacheta1105See all my reviews

The episode as well as the other Christmas holiday episodes are great. I purchased the first 4 COMPLETE Happy Days seasons but the Christmas episodes were missing. Does anyone know why? I purchased these products from Best Buy and told them about my dilemma. They suggested that I contact CBS who distributed the product. Best Buy offered to give me back my money even though it was an opened DVD because it can be proved by this web site that this Christmas episode as well as other Christmas episodes really comprise the Happy Days season and are not "Special" episodes. I tried to email CBS several times but no one seems to know who would be able to tell me the reason. I have heard that possibly it was for religious reasons or that by adding the episode there would not be room for the other episodes of the season. It is the same with Laverne and Shirley.

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