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The show didn't receive a single Emmy.
After The Odd Couple (1970) ceased production, the apartment set on that show was modified to become Laverne and Shirley's apartment.
Michael McKean and David L. Lander were originally hired as writers/consultants. They wrote themselves into the show as Lenny and Squiggy, two characters they created in college. Squiggy was originally named "Ant'ny" but the producers wanted the two boys' names to coincide with the girls'. Squiggy was the name of an unseen character in McKean and Lander's "Lenny and Ant'ny" sketches.
Virtually all the scripts of the unsuccessful sitcom Hey, Landlord (1966) were eventually rewritten as scripts for this show
In 1976 Cindy Williams briefly walked off the show to protest Penny Marshall getting all the good lines. She returned two days later.
While still a defensive end with the L.A. Rams, actor Fred Dryer made his television debut in a 30 second spot as a lifeguard in Laverne's dream sequence in the 6th season premiere "Not Quite New York".
Michael McKean appears in only four episodes in the eighth season because he was working on This Is Spinal Tap (1984). Squiggy (David L. Lander) usually appears alone in this season.
Carmine was a Golden Gloves champion before becoming a dance instructor.
Laverne's favorite drink was milk and Pepsi.
Penny Marshall worked the milk and Pepsi joke in based on her own life because as a child her mother would fill the same cup with milk as later with Pepsi and often wouldn't rinse out the cup or even wait until it was empty.
Frustrated at TV shows constantly repeating who the characters are and what they do, Penny Marshall came up with the idea of Laverne having L's on all her clothes, figuring that would solve the problem. To her chagrin, they still had to say on a regular basis who was who and where the girls worked; she got tired of all the times Cindy Williams would say 'Laverne' in an episode.
For several years there was a certain amount of interplay between the characters of this show and Happy Days (1974), especially when both shows were set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
"The Big Ragoo" was a dance instructor.
Frank DeFazio, Laverne's father, owns at The Pizza Bowl, a combination pizza parlor and bowling alley.
Shirley's good luck charm was Boo-Boo Kitty, a cloth cat.
Squiggy's real first name was Andrew.
Shirley's middle name was Wilhemina, after her dead grandmother.
When Cindy Williams departed during the 1982-1983 season, due to pregnancy, her absence was explained by having Shirley moving out of the apartment to be with her husband Walter after he was transferred out of the country.
The name of the club that Laverne and Shirley belonged to as teenagers was called the Angora Debs.
Laverne, Shirley, Lenny, Squiggy and Carmine all went to Filmore High School,
Laverne always wears the letter "L". Sometimes she has one "L" on her skirt and another "L" on her blouse.

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