The misadventures of two single women in the 1950s and '60s.
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Series cast summary:
 Laverne DeFazio (178 episodes, 1976-1983)
 Shirley Feeney (159 episodes, 1976-1983)
 Andrew 'Squiggy' Squiggman (156 episodes, 1976-1983)
 Leonard 'Lenny' Kosnowski / ... (150 episodes, 1976-1983)
 Carmine 'The Big Ragoo' Ragusa / ... (150 episodes, 1976-1983)
 Frank DeFazio (149 episodes, 1976-1983)
 Edna Babish / ... (97 episodes, 1976-1981)
 Rhonda Lee (51 episodes, 1980-1983)


Best friends and roommates Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney are single, working girls in late 1950s Milwaukee (later early 1960s Los Angeles) coping with dates, neighbours, and each other. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <>

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Release Date:

27 January 1976 (USA)  »

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Laverne & Shirley & Company  »

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Carmine was a Golden Gloves champion before becoming a dance instructor. See more »


The show was originally set in Milwaukee, famed for its brewing history. The title characters were bottlecappers in the fictional Schotz Brewery, so they are shown working along a brewery's bottling line during the opening titles. However, this sequence was obviously shot in an Anheuser-Busch facility, as the bottles shown streaming along the conveyor are the iconic 'teardrop' bottles used for Michelob beer in the 1970s. Anheuser-Busch, the St. Louis-based maker of Budweiser, never had a facility in Milwaukee. See more »


Rosie Greenbaum: Shirley, is that the sexiest thing you have to wear?
Shirley Feeney: Is there something wrong with this?
Rosie Greenbaum: Shirley, Shirley, ya gotta advertise a little! Put the goods in the window! That's what Big Rosie does.
Laverne De Fazio: Oh yeah? I always thought ya put 'em right out on the street.
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Referenced in Wonderland (2003) See more »


Making Our Dreams Come True
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Charles Fox
Sung by Cyndi Grecco
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A Lovable Show!
22 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Laverne and Shirley was one of my personal favorites growing up. Of course, we had reruns and repeats in those days. I loved Laverne and Shirley. They were the underdogs and perfectly suited as roommates and best friends. They were played brilliantly by Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. Unfortunately, the show never recovered after Cindy Williams left to have her daughter and who could blame her. She was happily married to Bill Hudson, Kate's father, for twenty years with two children. Penny Marshall and the gang did their best to recover but never fully did. The reason and there are many that this show was so popular was the physical antics that Laverne and Shirley got into. I don't know if I preferred Milwaukee or Burbank but the supporting cast was top notch featuring Lenny and Sqiggy who could have had their own show. The delightful Carmine as the aspiring dancer. Elaine Joyce as the beautiful neighbor in Burbank. Betty Garrett and Al Molinaro as the landlady and Mr. Defazio. The show had plenty of it's moments too and great guest stars. It's certainly still a beloved show even in repeats.

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