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Release Date:
27 January 1976 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The misadventures of two single women in the 1950's and '60's. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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A rare combination of hilarity and every day life See more (20 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 94)

Penny Marshall ... Laverne DeFazio (178 episodes, 1976-1983)

Cindy Williams ... Shirley Feeney (159 episodes, 1976-1983)

David L. Lander ... Andrew 'Squiggy' Squiggman (155 episodes, 1976-1983)

Michael McKean ... Leonard 'Lenny' Kosnowski / ... (149 episodes, 1976-1983)

Eddie Mekka ... Carmine 'The Big Ragoo' Ragusa / ... (148 episodes, 1976-1983)

Phil Foster ... Frank DeFazio (146 episodes, 1976-1983)

Betty Garrett ... Edna Babish / ... (96 episodes, 1976-1981)

Leslie Easterbrook ... Rhonda Lee (50 episodes, 1980-1983)
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Series Directed by
Tom Trbovich (36 episodes, 1981-1983)
Joel Zwick (33 episodes, 1978-1980)
Alan Rafkin (22 episodes, 1977-1978)
Alan Myerson (12 episodes, 1976-1981)
Ray DeVally Jr. (9 episodes, 1977-1981)
Howard Storm (8 episodes, 1976-1978)
James Burrows (8 episodes, 1976-1977)
John Tracy (5 episodes, 1980)
Jack Winter (5 episodes, 1981-1982)
Dennis Klein (4 episodes, 1976-1978)
John Thomas Lenox (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Penny Marshall (4 episodes, 1979-1981)
Frank Alesia (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Phil Perez (3 episodes, 1981-1983)
Garry Marshall (2 episodes, 1976-1983)
Maurice Bar-David (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Linda McMurray (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Gary Menteer (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Cindy Williams (1 episode, 1981)
 
Series Writing credits
Lowell Ganz (178 episodes, 1976-1983)
Garry Marshall (178 episodes, 1976-1983)
Mark Rothman (178 episodes, 1976-1983)
Shelly Goldstein (17 episodes, 1981-1982)
Judy Pioli (14 episodes, 1977-1983)
Paula A. Roth (13 episodes, 1976-1982)
Jeff Franklin (13 episodes, 1979-1981)
Roger Garrett (11 episodes, 1977-1983)
Marc Sotkin (11 episodes, 1977-1983)
Al Aidekman (11 episodes, 1978-1983)
Barry Rubinowitz (9 episodes, 1976-1982)
Chris Thompson (9 episodes, 1977-1979)
Deborah Leschin (6 episodes, 1976-1980)
David W. Duclon (5 episodes, 1976-1978)
Anthony DiMarco (5 episodes, 1981-1982)
David Ketchum (5 episodes, 1981-1982)
Arthur Silver (4 episodes, 1976-1978)
Monica Mcgowan Johnson (4 episodes, 1977-1982)
Jack Lukes (4 episodes, 1980-1983)
Nick LeRose (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jack Winter (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
William Bickley (3 episodes, 1976)
Michael Warren (3 episodes, 1976)
Stephen Nathan (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Paul B. Price (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
Cindy Begel (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Lesa Kite (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Bob Perlow (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Jill Gordon (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Ed Solomon (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Laura Levine (2 episodes, 1976-1978)
Bo Kaprall (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
David L. Lander (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Michael McKean (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Bob Sand (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Bob Brunner (2 episodes, 1976)
Judy Skelton (2 episodes, 1976)
Babaloo Mandel (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
Eric Cohen (2 episodes, 1977)
Phil Foster (2 episodes, 1978-1983)
Kenny Rich (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Ruth Bennett (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Charlotte M. Dobbs (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Ria Nepus (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Joanne Pagliaro (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Deborah Raznick (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Richard Rosenstock (2 episodes, 1980)
Cheryl Alu (2 episodes, 1981-1983)
Gene Braunstein (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Dana Olsen (2 episodes, 1981)
Susan Jane Lindner (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Ken Sagoes (2 episodes, 1983)

Series Produced by
Garry Marshall .... executive producer (178 episodes, 1976-1983)
Edward K. Milkis .... executive producer (178 episodes, 1976-1983)
Thomas L. Miller .... executive producer (178 episodes, 1976-1983)
Tony Paris .... associate producer (70 episodes, 1980-1983)
Nick Abdo .... associate producer / producer (61 episodes, 1976-1978)
Jeff Franklin .... producer (60 episodes, 1979-1981)
Marc Sotkin .... supervising producer / producer (49 episodes, 1978-1983)
Jeffrey Ganz .... associate producer (48 episodes, 1976-1978)
Gary Menteer .... supervising producer / producer (47 episodes, 1979-1982)
Anthony W. Marshall .... producer / supervising producer (43 episodes, 1976-1980)
Lowell Ganz .... producer (38 episodes, 1976-1977)
Mark Rothman .... producer (30 episodes, 1976-1977)
Arthur Silver .... producer (24 episodes, 1977-1978)
Milt Josefsberg .... producer (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Marty Nadler .... supervising producer / producer (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Jeff Melman .... producer (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Chris Thompson .... producer (8 episodes, 1978-1979)
Phil Mishkin .... supervising producer (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ronny Hallin .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1979)
Richard Correll .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1980)
David W. Duclon .... producer (4 episodes, 1980)
Ron Leavitt .... producer (4 episodes, 1980)

Al Aidekman .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Robert L. Boyett .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Howard Pearl (69 episodes, 1980-1983)
Dan Foliart (25 episodes, 1981-1983)
Jack Hayes (24 episodes, 1977-1978)
Charles Fox (6 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Cinematography by
William Norton (46 episodes, 1977-1981)
Lester Shorr (38 episodes, 1976-1977)
Edward E. Nugent (25 episodes, 1979-1983)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert James Kern (42 episodes, 1976-1979)
Daniel P. Hanley (15 episodes, 1980-1982)
Ed Cotter (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Carl Mahakian (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Larry Breslow (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Casting by
Bobby Hoffman (64 episodes, 1978-1983)
Pat Harris (37 episodes, 1976-1977)
Marsha Kleinman (37 episodes, 1976-1977)
Michael Brown (22 episodes, 1982-1983)

Ronny Hallin (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Monty Elliott (178 episodes, 1976-1983)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Anthony D. Nealis (178 episodes, 1976-1983)
 
Series Costume Design by
Gail Viola (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Dianne Kennedy (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
 
Series Makeup Department
Bruce Hutchinson .... makeup artist (141 episodes, 1976-1983)
Shirley Gilbert .... hair stylist (84 episodes, 1976-1979)
Delree F. Todd .... hair stylist (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Janis Clark .... hair stylist (18 episodes, 1979-1982)
Carol Mercatoris .... hair stylist (4 episodes, 1979)
Frank Griffin .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1979)
 
Series Production Management
Paul Rapp .... unit production manager (31 episodes, 1977-1978)
Henry J. Lange Jr. .... unit production manager (31 episodes, 1980-1983)
John Thomas Lenox .... unit production manager (28 episodes, 1976-1977)
Rusty Meek .... unit production manager (16 episodes, 1978-1980)
Robert James Kern .... post-production supervisor (15 episodes, 1979-1982)
Norm Gray .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Linda McMurray .... assistant director / first assistant director (50 episodes, 1976-1982)
Jules Lichtman .... first assistant director / second assistant director (25 episodes, 1981-1983)
Sheila Stewart .... second assistant director (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Susan Norton .... second assistant director (11 episodes, 1979-1980)
Bruce Solow .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1980-1981)
Barbara Searles .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1976)
John Thomas Lenox .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1976)
John C. Thomas .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1979)
Harriette Regan .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Art Department
Eugene S. Kelley .... construction coordinator (71 episodes, 1976-1979)
Louis Zamora .... labor foreman (14 episodes, 1979-1983)
Margaret Mazzola .... set dressing (4 episodes, 1979)

Erik L. Nelson .... property master (unknown episodes, 1977-1978)
Douglas Forsmith .... property master (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Wayne O'Brien .... re-recording mixer: restoration (178 episodes, 1976-1983)
Richard Adams .... sound effects editor (42 episodes, 1976-1979)
Jim Ford .... production mixer (36 episodes, 1980-1983)
Jack A. Finlay .... sound effects editor (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
George D. Dutton .... sound effects editor (9 episodes, 1979-1980)
Fred Stafford .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Denis Dutton .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
 
Series Special Effects by
Kevin Pike .... special effects technician (1 episode, 1979)
 
Series Stunts
Donna Garrett .... stunt double: Penny Marshall (1 episode, 1978)
Leslie Hoffman .... stunt double: Cindy Williams (1 episode, 1978)

Gene LeBell .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Armstrong .... assistant camera (62 episodes, 1976-1978)
Michael Hofstein .... assistant camera / first assistant camera (51 episodes, 1977-1980)
Ray DeVally Jr. .... camera coordinator (15 episodes, 1976)
Sam Rosen .... camera operator (15 episodes, 1976)
Richard Debolt .... camera & mechanical design (10 episodes, 1976)

Cliff Concialdi .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Don E. FauntLeRoy .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Henry Minski .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Gerald B. Wolfe .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Ronny Hallin .... casting consultant / casting coordinator (44 episodes, 1979-1983)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wes Echert .... costumer: men (48 episodes, 1977-1983)
Adrianne Levesque .... costumer: women (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Gerry Puhara .... costumer: women (10 episodes, 1979-1980)
Justine Brady .... costumer: women (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Karen Kaufman .... costumer: women (5 episodes, 1980-1981)
Lee Peters .... costumer: women (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Gail Viola .... costumer: women (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
 
Series Editorial Department
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (157 episodes, 1976-1983)
Ed Cotter .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1976)
 
Series Music Department
Charles Fox .... composer: theme music / music conductor / ... (178 episodes, 1976-1983)
Norman Gimbel .... lyricist: theme music (178 episodes, 1976-1983)
Cyndi Grecco .... singer: theme music (178 episodes, 1976-1983)
Chips Swanson .... music editor (144 episodes, 1976-1983)
Frank Comstock .... composer: additional music (26 episodes, 1976-1978)
Bennett Salvay .... music coordinator (25 episodes, 1981-1983)
Bob Whyley .... score music mixer (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (12 episodes, 1976)
Martin Weiss .... music editor (5 episodes, 1976)
Robert Krueger .... music editor (4 episodes, 1976)
Ike Cole .... musician: Recording artist contributing to the series are (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Fats Domino .... musician: Recording artist contributing to the series are (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Connie Francis .... musician: Recording artist contributing to the series are / musician (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Johnnie Ray .... musician: Recording artist contributing to the series are (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Eddie Mekka .... musician / musician: Recording artist contributing to the series are (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (2 episodes, 1976)
Alan Kaminsky .... transportation (2 episodes, 1982)
 
Series Other crew
Gabrielle James .... script supervisor (105 episodes, 1977-1983)
Anthony W. Marshall .... production executive / executive production consultant (65 episodes, 1978-1983)
Lowell Ganz .... executive script consultant / creative consultant / ... (62 episodes, 1976-1978)
Judy Pioli .... story editor / script consultant / ... (54 episodes, 1977-1983)
Mark Rothman .... executive script consultant / creative consultant / ... (43 episodes, 1976-1979)
Phil Perez .... technical coordinator / technical director (43 episodes, 1978-1983)
Al Aidekman .... executive script consultant / story editor (35 episodes, 1980-1983)
Paula A. Roth .... story editor / executive story editor / ... (32 episodes, 1977-1979)
Chris Thompson .... story editor / executive script consultant (32 episodes, 1977-1979)
Roger Garrett .... executive story consultant / executive story editor (32 episodes, 1979-1983)
David W. Duclon .... executive story consultant / executive script consultant / ... (30 episodes, 1976-1980)
Marc Sotkin .... story editor / executive script consultant (29 episodes, 1977-1979)
Ray DeVally Jr. .... technical coordinator (26 episodes, 1976-1978)
Arthur Silver .... executive story consultant / story editor (26 episodes, 1976-1978)
Milt Josefsberg .... executive consultant (25 episodes, 1981-1983)
Susan Jane Lindner .... story editor (23 episodes, 1977-1983)
Bo Kaprall .... story editor (22 episodes, 1976-1977)
Bob Sand .... story editor (22 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jill Gordon .... story editor (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Deborah Leschin .... executive story editor (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
Jeff Franklin .... executive story consultant / executive script consultant / ... (16 episodes, 1979-1981)
Robert L. Boyett .... creative consultant (13 episodes, 1979-1981)
Marty Nadler .... story editor / executive script consultant (12 episodes, 1976-1981)
Frank Alesia .... executive consultant (10 episodes, 1980-1981)
Bob Brunner .... executive story consultant (7 episodes, 1976)
Anthony DiMarco .... executive story consultant (5 episodes, 1980-1981)
David Ketchum .... executive story consultant (5 episodes, 1980-1981)
Ron Leavitt .... executive script consultant (5 episodes, 1980)
Richard Rosenstock .... executive story editor / executive story consultant (5 episodes, 1980)
Susan Seeger .... story editor (5 episodes, 1980)
Harvey Miller .... executive consultant (4 episodes, 1979)
Barry Rubinowitz .... consultant (4 episodes, 1979)
Gary H. Miller .... consultant (3 episodes, 1979)
Wally Dalton .... script consultant (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Laurie Gelman .... story editor / executive story editor (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Dana Olsen .... program consultant (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
James Cranna .... story editor (2 episodes, 1976)
Ronny Hallin .... assistant to executive producer (2 episodes, 1977)
Jordan Tabat .... intern (2 episodes, 1977)
Tony Paris .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Ruth Bennett .... story editor (2 episodes, 1980)
Joanne Pagliaro .... story editor (2 episodes, 1980)
Terry Hart .... executive story consultant (2 episodes, 1981-1982)

David L. Lander .... original consultant (unknown episodes)
Michael McKean .... original consultant (unknown episodes)
 

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Also Known As:
"Laverne & Shirley & Company" - USA (syndication title)
"Laverne & Shirley & Friends" - USA (syndication title)
"Laverne DeFazio & Shirley Feeney" - USA (first season title)
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Runtime:
30 min (178 episodes)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Laverne always wears the letter "L". Sometimes she has one "L" on her skirt and another "L" on her blouse.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: 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 »
Quotes:
Carmine Ragusa:I once met Eddie Fisher!
Shirley Feeney:Oh really? And just what was his excuse for breaking poor Debbie's heart?
Carmine Ragusa:I don't really know. I gave him the towel, he gave me the quarter and that was it!
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A rare combination of hilarity and every day life, 17 May 2002
Author: Ashley (classicfilmbroad@aol.com) from North Carolina

Reading through the comments for "Laverne & Shirley," I have seen several remarking that they felt the show was "lacking," "annoying," "dull" and several other negative adjectives. It is obvious to me that these people have yet to indulge themselves in the fantastic world of the 1970's sitcom that jumped on the nostalgia boat. I was all of 12 years old when I first discovered "Laverne & Shirley" on Nick @ Nite (this was circa the summer of 1998). I would be lying if I said that it hadn't shaped my life-- and I know that sounds totally insane, but it broadened my horizons to a world of classic television, classic movies, and the theatre. But enough about me-- the show is a gem. The show was never meant to be a groundbreaker like "All in the Family" or "Maude" (although it did have it's tender moments and morals in episodes such as "Look Before You Leap" and "What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor", taking a gentle look towards single parenting and alcoholism). It was only meant to do one thing: be funny. And it did so in a way that had only been done by the likes of "The Honeymooners"-- it involved the antics of the blue collar working class. It was meant to entertain, and it does a darned good job of it! The chemistry between Cindy Williams & Penny Marshall is awesome-- comparable, in their own way, to that of Lucy Ricardo & Ethel Mertz, Ralph Kramden & Ed Norton, and those that came before them. Cindy's cute-as-a-button, innocent but never naive portrayal of Shirley Feeney and Penny's tough-as-nails exterior with a heart of gold combined with the desire to be "loose" but the morals to be a "prude" make for one uniquely and incredibly comical friendship. Also, Michael McKean's Lenny & David L. Lander's Squiggy are outlandish but hilarious characters. Who could have played the "guy who's really smart and thinks he's dumb" and "the guy who's really dumb and thinks he's smart" better than these two?! Also in the cast you have outstanding veteran actors like Phil Foster as the gruff but huggable Frank 'Pop' DeFazio and sweet MGM musical star Betty Garrett as the girls' wise landlady (and later, Laverne's stepmother). Eddie Mekka is charming and funny as Carmine Ragusa, Shirley's boxing/dancing/singing boyfriend (is there anything this fella CAN'T do?). The cast is electric. This show's motto should have been "We aim to please." If you're having a bad day, this show is sure to put a smile on your face, your laughter in the air, and a quote in your head! It's one of the greatest examples of classic TV of all time!

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