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Laverne & Shirley 

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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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Cindy Williams decided to leave the show in 1982. For some reason Gary Marshall did not think of replacing her with the actress that was originally cast in the Shirley role; Liberty Williams. After the spinoff Happy Days episode where Laverne and Shirley first appeared, A Date With Fonzie; in which Shirley was played by Cindy Williams; the part was recast by ABC stock player Liberty Williams for the pilot. The new actress had test screened for the network; and everyone agreed she played the Shirley part well; (if not fanstastically like Cindy Williams did); and she was given the go ahead to do the part. As they were in preproduction and preparing to start filming; Gary Marshall desperately called Cindy Williams and begged her one last time to reconsider and then miraculously; at the last minute; she did. But once Cindy Williams left in 1982 they could have easily gone back to their original choice. This worked well enough on Three's Company where ABC was going through similar issues with the departure of Suzanne Sommers; they could have done the same thing on Laverne and Shirley and it could have worked. They could have also replaced Williams with Gilda Radner; who was free at the time, and had originally auditioned for the Shirley part as well. See more »


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 »


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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Alternate Versions

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


Referenced in The Simpsons: Helter Shelter (2002) See more »

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One of the BEST shows on TV
1 February 2000 | by JennLynnSee all my reviews

Great show. Laverne and Shirley are great together. Their co-stars are great. In the last season, the show lacked one BIG thing: Shirley. The supporting characters could not make up for this big loss. But it was still good but there was less emphasis on what the show's concept had been.

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Release Date:

27 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laverne & Shirley & Friends See more »

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