Jan. 27, 1976
30 min.
ABC TV Network

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Laverne & Shirley

Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney are best friends and roommates coping with dates, neighbours, and each other during the late 50's and early 60's. They used to work as bottlecappers for Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee but they were replaced by an automated bottlecapper. So they moved to Burbank, California to start a new life.

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  • After The Odd Couple (1970) ceased production, the apartment set on that show was modified to become Laverne and Shirley's apartment.
  • For several years there was a certain amount of interplay between the characters of this show and Happy Days, especially when both shows were set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • "The Big Ragoo" was a dance instructor.
  • Carmine was a Golden Gloves champion before becoming a dance instructor.
  • Frank DeFazio, Laverne's father, owns 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.
  • Laverne's favorite drink was milk and Pepsi.
  • 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,
  • Virtually all the scripts of the unsuccessful sitcom "Hey, Landlord" (1966) were eventually rewritten as scripts for this show
  • 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".
  • Laverne always wears the letter "L". Sometimes she has one "L" on her skirt and another "L" on her blouse.
  • In 1976 Cindy Williams briefly walked off the show to protest Penny Marshall getting all the good lines. She returned two days later.
  • 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.
  • The show didn't receive a single Emmy.
  • Michael McKean appears in only four episodes in the eighth season because he was working on This Is Spinal Tap. Squiggy (David L. Lander) usually appears alone in this season.
  • 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.
  • According to the book Live from New York: An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live, Penny Marshall stated that Gilda Radner was considered for the part of Shirley.
  • Schlitz is the name of the real brewery in Milwaukee.
  • Gary Marshall has said in interviews that Cindy Williams and his sister, Penny Marshall, were immature during the production of Laverne and Shirley and did not handle stardom well, treating their coworkers in an abusive manner, and acting like prima donnas, endlessly fighting about who got more lines, etc.
  • Various cast members from Happy Days ( Ron Howard, Erin Moran) have talked about the vicious fights next door on set of Laverne and Shirley, so loud that they would listen with glasses to the wall.
  • Cindy Williams has said she was fired due to her pregnancy, but the producers deny this.
  • Charles Grodin appeared on an episode of Laverne and Shirley as himself. In the episode both Laverne and Shirley are madly in love with him, and Lenny and Squiggy are totally starstruck. This doesn't make any sense because in the 1960s when this episode is supposed to take place, Charles Grodin was a little known TV actor and hadn't done any movies yet.
  • Penny Marshall would direct Eddie Mekka (Carmine) in A League of Their Own.
  • Gary Marshall has said in interviews that when he conceptualized this show he was basically re-doing Lucy and Ethel schtick from "I Love Lucy". This makes sense since Marshall himself worked for Lucille Ball on "The Lucy Show" before starting the long run of his own productions which began with "The Odd Couple".
  • When the girls moved to Burbank the show flashed forward about 5 years.

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