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Joanie Loves Chachi
Joanie Loves Chachi title screen
Format Sitcom
Created by Lowell Ganz
Starring Scott Baio
Erin Moran
Al Molinaro
Ellen Travolta
Art Metrano
Winifred Freedman
Opening theme "You Look at Me," sung by Scott Baio and Erin Moran
Country of origin USA
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 17
(4 in Season 1)
(13 in Season 2)
Running time 30 minutes per episode
Original channel ABC
Original run March 23, 1982 – May 24, 1983
Preceded by Love, American Style
Happy Days
Related shows Laverne & Shirley
Blansky's Beauties
Mork & Mindy
Out of the Blue
The New Love, American Style

Joanie Loves Chachi is an American TV spin-off of the popular American sitcom Happy Days that was originally broadcast on ABC from March 23, 1982 to September 13, 1983. It starred Scott Baio and Erin Moran as the titular Chachi Arcola and Joanie Cunningham, respectively.



The series followed the exploits of Joanie and Chachi as they moved to Chicago and tried to make it on their own with a rock band and a music career. It mixed the traditional elements of a sitcom with musical performances on each show by Baio and Moran. In fact, the beginning credit sequence of the show had them singing to each other. Their backup band consists of a spaced-out drummer named Bingo and Chachi's blase cousins Mario and Annette.

The series also starred Ellen Travolta as Louisa Delvecchio, Chachi's mother, and Al Molinaro as Al Delvecchio, Chachi's stepfather (and formerly the owner of Arnold's Drive-In in Happy Days), who opened a restaurant in which Chachi and Joanie performed most of their music. Art Metrano played Chachi's uncle Rico Mastorelli, who was the band's manager and helped Joanie and Chachi advance in their careers. Actress Winifred Freedman played Rico's daughter, Annette, Chachi's cousin, and bandmate.


The format was not popular with viewers, and the series only lasted for two seasons (both abbreviated) before the characters were rolled back into Happy Days for that program's final season. In 2010, TV Guide Network listed the show at #17 on their list of 25 Biggest TV Blunders.[1]

Main cast

Actor Role
Scott Baio Chachi Arcola
Erin Moran Joanie Cunningham
Al Molinaro Al Delvecchio
Ellen Travolta Louisa Delvecchio
Art Metrano Rico Mastorelli
Robert Pierce Bingo Pierce
Derrel Maury Mario Mastorelli
Winifred Freedman Annette Mastorelli


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