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Laverne & Shirley 

The misadventures of two single women in the 1950s and '60s.
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Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Penny Marshall ...  Laverne DeFazio 178 episodes, 1976-1983
Cindy Williams ...  Shirley Feeney 158 episodes, 1976-1982
David L. Lander ...  Andrew 'Squiggy' Squiggman / ... 156 episodes, 1976-1983
Eddie Mekka ...  Carmine 'The Big Ragoo' Ragusa / ... 150 episodes, 1976-1983
Michael McKean ...  Lenny Kosnowski 149 episodes, 1976-1983
Phil Foster ...  Frank DeFazio 148 episodes, 1976-1983
Betty Garrett ...  Edna Babish / ... 97 episodes, 1976-1981
Leslie Easterbrook ...  Rhonda Lee 51 episodes, 1980-1983
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Storyline

Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney were best friends and roommates coping with dates, neighbors, and each other During the late '50s and early '60s they worked as bottlecappers for Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee. They moved to Burbank, California in 1965 to start a new life when they got replaced at the brewery by an automated bottlecapper. Written by Kate Tripper

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laverne & Shirley & Friends See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(178 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

In Come and Knock on Our Door, a book detailing the drama behind the scenes at Threes Company; the author Chris Mann details an incident in late 1977 after the premier of the first season when John Ritter, the star of Three's Company; and Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall, the stars of another hit TV production Laverne and Shirley; when all three stars were standing around on the ABC studios lot; and Williams and Marshall walked over to Ritter; foisted up their bossoms beckoningly and jokingly with their hands; and walked over seductively to Ritter, saying "Hi Jack" in a high pitched Suzanne Sommers type voice. "Oh come on, is that what you guys think we're all about?" Ritter responded to the prank. See more »

Goofs

In the opening credits for the show, I spotted an Interstate Highway sign. The Interstate began construction in the mid-1950's, and Milwaukee wasn't added to the system until quite a bit later. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Shirley Feeney: Don't you *ever* do that again!
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Alternate Versions

The syndicated versions were called "Laverne & Shirley & Company". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Space Ghost Coast to Coast: Boo Boo Kitty (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Making Our Dreams Come True
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Charles Fox
Sung by Cyndi Grecco
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Working girls
6 January 2016 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

Another "Happy Days" spin-off and one fondly remembered from my youth. I've just watched the pilot again and will try to watch more as it lived up to memory of a happy, funny and entertaining show.

The "take two girls" set-up works very well and enables the show to still function in the same time-line as "Happy Days" and yet not seem too similar despite the familiar 50's era surroundings.

Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams make an ideal pairing, Marshall as the louder, brasher Laverne and Williams as the cuter, more sensitive Shirley. Their two dorkish-but-adoring adoring would-be boyfriends Lenny and Squiggy provide more light relief in the background but, as its perky little theme tune says, these two dreamchasers won't give up till they've made at least one dream come true.

Nicely written, with just an occasional touch of risqué humour peeping through and well acted, occasionally benefiting initially from one-shot guest appearances by some of the "Happy Days" crew, the show soon learned to stand on its own and deservedly ran for several series on its own merits.


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