The misadventures of two single women in the 1950s and '60s.
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Nominated for 6 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





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
Eddie Mekka ...  Carmine 'The Big Ragoo' Ragusa / ... 150 episodes, 1976-1983
Michael McKean ...  Lenny Kosnowski 149 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


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

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Comedy | Family


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Did You Know?


Penny Marshall has said her favorite episode is "Why Did The Fireman?...", one of the few very serious episodes on the show. The plot has Laverne's boyfriend Randy (played by Ted Danson) dying while fighting a fire. Laverne becomes depressed and goes into denial, and then her father has to talk her out of it. See more »


In the final three seasons, when Laverne and Shirley move to California, the exterior apartment house shots do not match the set's floor plan- specifically the bedroom and kitchen. The outside shows the bedroom is above the living room, but inside it is in the direction of stage right. The kitchen extends beyond the living room, stage left, and from the outside it just shows that the building ends at the living room. See more »


[repeated line]
Shirley Feeney: Laveeerne...
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Alternate Versions

The syndicated versions were called "Laverne & Shirley & Company". See more »


Referenced in Two and a Half Men: Don't Worry, Speed Racer (2007) See more »

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Good show until it moved the locale to California
9 December 2001 | by SkippyDevereauxSee all my reviews

When this show started out, it was hilarious and stayed that way for many years, but when the show moved to setting to California, it lost that special magic that it had. Also, what hurt the show is when Cindy Williams left the show--it just was not funny with Penny Marshall trying to carry the show alone. Phil Foster was one of, if not the worst, actor ever on a regular television show. He talked as he had a mouthful of mush!! Whoever said that he was funny or could even act?? Heck, anyone can act like him--all you have to do is say "What, Who, Where" in a loud voice with your tongue hanging out of your mouth!! There!! You have just done an inpersonation of Frank De Fazio--lol

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Release Date:

27 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laverne & Shirley & Friends See more »

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(178 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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