When audiences first met Joanie Cunningham, she\u2019s the archetypal all-American teenage girl. Viewers meet her as a curious and innocently fun youth who ogles at makeout sessions and exhibits signs of puppy - or Potsie - love. Actually putting her in a makeout session was a gamble, but when the show did, the audience\u2019s reaction was the perfect litmus test for determining how to move forward with Happy Days. Erin Moran played Joanie for the sitcom. She and her character became the focus of the 1978 episode \u201cJoanie\u2019s First Kiss.\u201d In it, audiences get to look at Joanie in a different way, after a gradual shift in her character overall. Here\u2019s how they responded and what the show did as a result. Joanie Cunningham experiences her first kiss Erin Moran and Scott Baio as Joanie Cunningham and Chachi \/ Everett Collection Often early in the series, Joanie would be nosy about her older brother Richie Cunningham\u2019s makeout sessions with girlfriends. In season three\u2019s \u201cThey Call It Potsie Love,\u201d she also expresses a crush on Potsie, before befriending the mysterious, off-screen sexually active Jenny Piccalo. The final step down this mature path came with season five, episode 16\u2019s \u201cJoanie's First Kiss.\u201d RELATED: \u2018Happy Days\u2019 Cast Then And Now 2021 By this point in 1978, Moran was 18. But producers suspected audiences still at least saw Joanie as the kid sister to Chuck and Richie Cunningham, and Moran as the child actor bringing this archetypal little sister to life. Ultimately, Moran noted in 1981, \u201cThe audience doesn't seem to mind that Joanie is no longer just a kid.\u201d Aging in front of the whole country Knowing the audience reacted well, the writers further explored Joanie's journey into adulthood \/ Everett Collection Moran went on, \u201cWhen she got her first kiss, there was no big fuss. In fact, the studio audience showed us that they liked it. Later, the general audience loved it.\u201d MeTV further writes that this response gave writers the green light to allow the script to shift focuses. From that point on, it would allow more focus on Joanie\u2019s love life. Moran attributes some of this success to the eventual relationship between her and Scott Baio, and the natural changes they experienced over time working together. \u201cThere was nothing serious until last year, when he finally grew taller and could bend over and kiss me,\u201d she noted. Because this daring episode received good ratings, the show then let itself explore Joanie and Chachi as an item. What did you think of this big moment for young Joanie Cunningham and Erin Moran?