RIP Garry Marshall, King of Sitcom

“Some people think they can get [a hit] with just laughs and they go off the air.” 

                                                   –Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall died on Tuesday. He was 81 and a show biz giant. He is responsible for many of the most popular TV series and movies of all time, including Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, The Odd Couple, Mork and Mindy, and Pretty Woman. Few in show business have as many total listing credits as director, producer, writer, actor and self in IMDb, the Internet Movie Database.

He was memorialized in 1979 in an independent video documentary, Sitcom: The Adventures of Garry Marshall, produced by Wendy Apple and Megan Williams with senior producer Nick DeMartino, and developed by Elan Soltes.

We get an inside view of how television worked in this clip from our archive, revealing the energy and insight of Marshall when he was the king of network situation comedy.

Watch the full documentary “The Adventures of Garry Marshall” at



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