7.0/10
5,097
25 user 31 critic

Laverne & Shirley 

The misadventures of two single women in the 1950s and '60s.
Reviews
Popularity
1,649 ( 229)

On TV

Airs Wed. Nov. 21, 9:00 AM on LOGO

ON DISC

Episodes

Seasons


Years



8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1983   1982   1981   1980   1979   1978   … See all »
Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Happy Days (1974–1984)
Comedy | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie.

Stars: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross
Mork & Mindy (1978–1982)
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A wacky alien comes to Earth to study its residents and the life of the human woman he boards with is never the same.

Stars: Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James
Gilligan's Island (1964–1992)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Seven men and women are stranded on an uncharted island following a torrential storm.

Stars: Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus
The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A nouveau riche hillbilly family moves to Beverly Hills and shakes up the privileged society with their hayseed ways.

Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan
I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A United States astronaut finds his life vastly complicated when he stumbles on to a bottle containing a female genie.

Stars: Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily
The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The misadventures of a large family united when a widower and a divorcée marry.

Stars: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis
Bewitched (1964–1972)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces.

Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent
The Munsters (1964–1966)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A family of friendly monsters have misadventures, never quite understanding why people react to them so strangely.

Stars: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo
Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends.

Stars: Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley
Diff'rent Strokes (1978–1986)
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The misadventures of a wealthy Manhattan family who adopted the children of their late African American housekeeper from Harlem.

Stars: Gary Coleman, Todd Bridges, Conrad Bain
Green Acres (1965–1971)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A New York City attorney and his wife attempt to live as genteel farmers in the bizarre community of Hooterville.

Stars: Eddie Albert, Eva Gabor, Tom Lester
The Addams Family (1964–1966)
Comedy | Family | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The misadventures of a blissfully macabre but extremely loving family.

Stars: John Astin, Carolyn Jones, Jackie Coogan
Edit

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
Michael McKean ...  Leonard 'Lenny' Kosnowski / ... 150 episodes, 1976-1983
Eddie Mekka ...  Carmine 'The Big Ragoo' Ragusa / ... 150 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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laverne & Shirley & Company See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(178 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After The Odd Couple (1970) ceased production, the apartment set on that show was modified to become Laverne and Shirley's apartment. 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

Shirley Feeney: Laverne, I'm telling you, flying is safer than driving! Nobody has ever crashed into a cloud!
Laverne De Fazio: Yeah well nobody ever fell 40,000 feet from a DeSoto either.
See more »

Alternate Versions

In syndication and daytime network repeats, the tag sequences were usually cut. See more »

Connections

Featured in Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Making Our Dreams Come True
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Charles Fox
Sung by Cyndi Grecco
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Incredibly underrated comedy series
1 April 2010 | by mnpollioSee all my reviews

Laverne & Shirley was one of several spin-offs of the popular 1970s Miller/Milkis series Happy Days and centered on two blue collar women living in Wisconsin in the late 1950s/early 1960s. The show was quite popular although it was dismissed by serious critics at the time and returning to it years after the fact only highlights its success. The women, played to perfection by Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, were good-hearted, hard-working individuals making their way in the world on their own power. The show features lots of slapstick humor - which was looked down upon at this time - but it is because of it that this show actually holds up better than such controversial critical darlings of the period such as All in the Family or Maude, which come off as far more dated - even annoyingly so. After this show's demise, it would be many years - until the British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, that two talented actresses would again headline a comedy series featuring copious slapstick. Marshall usually got the best lines which she could hit out of the ballpark, but Williams was a tremendous comedienne herself and an able straight man to Marshall's antics - an issue fully realized when the show was without her in its final season. They were ably supported by a venerable cast featuring the idiotic greasers upstairs Lenny & Squiggy (the immortal Michael McKean and David L. Lander), Shirley's steadfast boxer/singer boyfriend Carmine (cute Eddie Mekka), Laverne's bull-headed father Phil Foster, and kind landlady and Laverne's future stepmom Betty Garrett. Guest visits by Carol Ita White as the bane of Laverne's existence - Rosie Greenbaum - were hilarious. Particularly memorable series moments abounded, but two of the best included a murder mystery-themed train trip and a crossover episode with Happy Days featuring a side-splitting square dance. The series started to deteriorate when producers moved the action to save costs from Milkwaukee to California, with all the regulars improbably in tow. New semi-regulars were added to little avail including Leslie Easterbrook as a blonde bombshell named Rhonda Lee and Ed Marinaro as a beefcake neighbor with designs on Laverne. Both actors were perfectly fine, but the writers never seemed to know what to do exactly with Easterbrook and Marinaro ultimately vanished with barely a nod. The talented and criminally underused Garrett left the show with little fanfare as well. Then the final nail was the departure of Williams after acrimonious contract disputes in a ridiculously improbable scenario which left the show without its trademark dynamic. While Marshall was a talented comedic actress, a straight woman was desperately required. A rotating roster of guest stars including Vicky Lawrence, Carrie Fisher and Laraine Newman made their way through, but none of them sparked like Williams did and the show finally whimpered out of existence. Even on that note, the majority of the seasons preceding are definitely filled with hilarity and uplifting fun.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 25 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed