The Laverne and Shirley TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on ABC about two single females living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the late 1950's. (Early 1960's in Los Angeles, California starting in the 6th season). The series followed their lives as they worked hard during the day at a brewery and worked hard at night seeking romance and rarely finding any (although Shirley did eventually meet a Doctor and married him). A variety of goofy characters keep the series interesting.
Laverne And Shirley Cast
Penny Marshall ......... Laverne De Fazio
Cindy Williams ......... Shirley Feeney
Michael McKean ......... Lenny Kosnowski
David L. Lander ........ Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman
Ed Marinaro ............ Sonny St. Jacques
Phil Foster ............ Frank De Fazio
Betty Garrett .......... Edna Babish DeFazio
Eddie Mekka ............ Carmine Ragusa
Leslie Easterbrook ..... Rhonda Lee
Carole Ita White ....... Rosie Greenbaum
Laverne And Shirley Trivia
Laverne and Shirley worked together on an assembly line at the bottle-cap division of the Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their neighbors Lenny & Squiggy also worked at the brewery as truck drivers.
Although the Laverne and Shirley TV show was technically a "spin-off" of the TV series, "Happy Days (1974)", the girls only very briefly appeared on that series as dates of Fonzie and Richie Cunningham. Later, Fonzie would often visit Laverne and Shirley on this series.
In the fall of 1980, most of the characters moved to Burbank, California. Laverne and Shirley tried to start movie careers, Frank and Edna opened a new restaurant called "Cowboy Bills" and Carmine came along to be with Shirley.
Long before he became the host of the Tonight Show, Jay Leno appeared on Laverne and Shirley in a guest-starring role.
Laverne and Shirley was the number 1 TV show on the air in both its third and fourth seasons!
The TV series "spun-off" two cartoon series. They were, "Laverne and Shirley in the Army (1981)" and "Laverne and Shirley with the Fonz (1982)".
Laverne and Shirley lived together in a basement apartment. Their actions and personalities were so much alike that Laverne's blouses and sweaters had an "L" on them so that people could tell them apart. Laverne's favorite drink was milk and Pepsi.
Cindy Williams left the TV show in 1982 due to disagreements with Penny and Garry Marshall (Garry was executive producer of this series and "Happy Days" and was Penny's brother). Shirley's disappearance was explained by having her marry an Army medic named Walter Meany (making her name "Shirley Feeney Meany) and going with him on an overseas assignment. It was no surprise that the series fizzled after that. After all, the interaction between Laverne and Shirley was what made the TV series funny! Also, a new series called "The A-Team (1983)" had just started airing on NBC and stole a considerable portion of the serie's audience.
Laverne and Shirley Theme Song
Title: "Making our Dreams Come True"
Written By: "Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox"
Performed By: "Cindy Grecco"
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Schemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated.
We're gonna do it!
Give us any chance, we'll take it.
Read us any rule, we'll break it.
We're gonna make our dreams come true.
Doin' it our way.
Nothin's gonna turn us back now,
Straight ahead and on the track now.
We're gonna make our dreams come true,
Doin' it our way.
There is nothing we won't try,
Never heard the word impossible.
This time there's no stopping us.
We're gonna do it.
On your mark, get set, and go now,
Got a dream and we just know now,
We're gonna make that dream come true.
And we'll do it our way, yes our way.
Make all our dreams come true,
And do it our way, yes our way,
Make all our dreams come true
For me and you.
Episodes List With Original Air Dates
- The Society Party (1/27/1976)
- The Bachelor Party (2/3/1976)
- Bowling For Razzberries (2/10/1976)
- A Nun Story (2/24/1976)
- Faulter At The Altar (3/2/1976)
- Dog Day Blind Dates (3/9/1976)
- Once Upon A Rumor (3/16/1976)
- One Flew Over Milwaukee (3/23/1976)
- It's The Water (4/6/1976)
- Fake Out At The Stake Out (4/13/1976)
- Hi Neighbor (4/27/1976)
- Dating Slump (4/30/1976)
- How Do You Say "Are You Dead?" In German? (5/4/1976)
- Suds To Stardom (5/11/1976)
- Mother Knows Worst (5/18/1976)
- Drive She Said (9/28/1976)
- Angels Of Mercy (10/5/1976)
- Bachelor Mothers (10/19/1976)
- Excuse Me, May I Cut In? (10/26/1976)
- Bridal Shower (11/9/1976)
- Look Before You Leap (11/16/1976)
- Dear Future Model (11/23/1976)
- Good Time Girls (11/30/1976)
- Two Of Our Weirdo's Are Missing (12/7/1976)
- Oh Hear The Angels Voices (12/21/1976)
- Guilty Until Proven Not Innocent (1/4/1977)
- Anniversary Show (1/10/1977)
- Playing Hooky (1/11/1977)
- Guinea Pigs (1/18/1977)
- Call Me A Taxi (2/1/1977)
- Steppin' Out (2/8/1977)
- Buddy Can You Spare A Father (2/15/1977)
- Honeymoon Hotel (2/22/1977)
- Hi Neighbors, Book 2 (3/1/1977)
- Frank's Fling (3/8/1977)
- Haunted House (3/22/1977)
- Lonely In The Middle (3/29/1977)
- Citizen Krane (4/5/1977)
- Airport '59 (9/20/1977)
- Tag Team Wrestling (9/27/1977)
- The Pact (10/4/1977)
- The Robot Lawsuit (10/25/1977)
- Laverne's Arranged Marriage (11/1/1977)
- The Cruise - Part 1 (11/8/1977)
- The Cruise - Part 2 (11/15/1977)
- Laverne and Shirley Meet Fabian (11/22/1977)
- The Stakeout (11/29/1977)
- Shirley's Operation (12/6/1977)
- Take My Plants, Please (12/13/1977)
- New Year's Eve 1960 (12/27/1977)
- The Mortician (1/10/1978)
- The Horse Show (1/17/1978)
- The Slow Child (1/24/1978)
- The Second (Almost) Annual Shotz Talent Show (1/31/1978)
- The Dentist (2/7/1978)
- The Bus Stop (2/14/1978)
- The Driving Test (2/21/1978)
- The Obstacle Course (2/28/1978)
- The Debutante Ball (5/9/1978)
- 2001: A Comedy Odyssey (5/16/1978)
- The Dance Studio (5/23/1978)
- Breaking Up Making Up: Edna & Frank (5/30/1978)
- Festival - Part 1 (9/5/1978)
- Festival - Part 2 (9/12/1978)
- Playing The Roxy (9/19/1978)
- The Robbery (9/26/1978)
- The Quiz Show (10/10/1978)
- Laverne and Shirley Go To Night School (10/17/1978)
- A Date With Eraserhead (10/24/1978)
- The Bully Show (10/31/1978)
- A Visit To The Cemetery (11/14/1978)
- Chorus Line (11/21/1978)
- Laverne and Shirley Move In (11/28/1978)
- Dinner For Four (12/5/1978)
- It's A Dog's Life (12/12/1978)
- O Come All Ye Bums (12/19/1978)
- Who's Papa? (1/16/1979)
- The Third Annual Shotz Talent Show (1/30/1979)
- Super Market Sweep (2/6/1979)
- Lenny's Crush (2/13/1979)
- Fire Show (2/20/1979)
- Squiggy In Love (2/27/1979)
- The Feminine Mistake (3/6/1979)
- The Tenants Are Revolting (3/13/1979)
- There's A Spy In My Beer (5/8/1979)
- Shirley And The Older Man (5/15/1979)
- Shotgun Wedding - Part 2 (Part 1 Aired 9/13/1979 On "Happy Days")
- One Heckuva Note (9/20/1979)
- Fat City Holiday (9/27/1979)
- Upstairs Downstairs (10/4/1979)
- What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor? (10/18/1979)
- You've Pushed Me Too Far (10/25/1979)
- The Wedding (11/1/1979)
- Bad Girls (11/18/1979)
- You're In The Army Now - Part 1 (11/15/1979)
- You're In The Army Now - Part 2 (11/15/1979)
- Take Two, They're Small (11/22/1979)
- The 4th Annual Shotz Talent Show (12/6/1979)
- Testing Testing (12/13/1979)
- Not Quite South Of The Border (1/7/1980)
- You Ought To Be In Pictures (1/14/1980)
- The Beatnik Show (1/21/1980)
- The Right To Light (1/28/1980)
- Why Did The Fireman... (2/4/1980)
- The Collector (2/11/1980)
- Murder On The Moosejaw Express - Part 1 (2/26/1980)
- Murder On The Moosejaw Express - Part 2 (3/4/1980)
- Survival Test (3/11/1980)
- The Duke Of Squigman (3/25/1980)
- The Diner (5/6/1980)
- Separate Tables (5/13/1980)
- Antonio The Amazing (5/20/1980)
- Not Quite New York (11/18/1980)
- Welcome To Burbank (11/25/1980)
- Studio City (12/2/1980)
- Grand Opening (12/9/1980)
- Candy Is Dandy (12/16/1980)
- The Dating Game (12/30/1980)
- The Other Woman (1/6/1981)
- The Road To Burbank (1/13/1981)
- Born Too Late (1/27/1981)
- Love Out The Window (2/3/1981)
- Malibu Mansion (2/10/1981)
- To Tell The Truth (2/17/1981)
- I Do, I Do (2/24/1981)
- But Seriously Folks (3/3/1981)
- The Bardwell Caper - Part 1 (3/10/1981)
- The Bardwell Caper - Part 2 (3/17/1981)
- High Priced Dates (4/7/1981)
- Fifth Anniversary (4/14/1981)
- Out, Out Damned Plout (5/5/1981)
- Laverne's Broken Legs (5/12/1981)
- Sing, Sing, Sing (5/19/1981)
- Child's Play (5/26/1981)
- The Most Important Day Ever (10/13/1981)
- It Only Hurts When I Breathe (10/27/1981)
- I Wonder What Became Of Sal (11/3/1981)
- Teenage Lust (11/10/1981)
- The Defiant One (11/17/1981)
- Night At The Awards (11/24/1981)
- Some Enchanted Earring (12/1/1981)
- Moving In (12/8/1981)
- Friendly Persuasion (12/15/1981)
- I Do, I Don't (1/5/1982)
- Love Is The Tar Pits (1/12/1982)
- Watch The Fur Fly (1/19/1982)
- Rocky Ragu (1/26/1982)
- Star Peepers (2/2/1982)
- An Affair To Forget (2/9/1982)
- Class Of '56 (2/16/1982)
- Ski Show (2/23/1982)
- Helmut Weekend (3/2/1982)
- That's Entertainment (3/9/1982)
- Lightning Man (3/16/1982)
- Crime Isn't Pretty (5/4/1982)
- Perfidy In Blue (5/11/1982)
- The Mummy's Bridge (9/28/1982)
- Window On Main Street (10/12/1982)
- The Note (10/19/1982)
- Lost In Spacesuits (10/26/1982)
- The Playboy Show (11/9/1982)
- Death Row - Part 1 (11/16/1982)
- Death Row - Part 2 (11/23/1982)
- Jinxed (11/30/1982)
- Of Mice And Men (12/7/1982)
- The Gymnast (12/14/1982)
- The Monastery Show (1/4/1983)
- Defective Ballet (1/11/1983)
- The Baby Show (1/18/1983)
- Rock And Roll Show (1/25/1983)
- The Fashion Show (2/1/1983)
- Short On Time (2/8/1983)
- Ghost Story (2/15/1983)
- Please Don't Feed The Buzzards (2/22/1983)
- How's Your Sister (3/1/1983)
- Do The Carmine (3/15/1983)
- Councilman De Fazio (5/3/1983)
- Here Today, Hair Tomorrow (5/10/1983)
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