Laverne & Shirley

Season 1 Episode 1

The Society Party

Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Jan 27, 1976 on ABC
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The Society Party
Shotz brewery bottle-cappers and best friends, Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney, are invited by the boss's nephew, Tad Shotz, to the Shotz formal society party. Shirley is excited about going, but Laverne finds it insulting because they were only invited to help Tad get promoted.

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Bob Brunner

Bob Brunner


Guest Star

Mary Treen

Mary Treen

Nana Shotz

Guest Star

Robert Ball

Robert Ball


Guest Star

David L. Lander

David L. Lander


Recurring Role

Michael McKean

Michael McKean


Recurring Role

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

Arthur Fonzarelli

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • During the first season, the opening titles call the series Laverne De Fazio & Shirley Feeney.

    • In this episode, Shirley says that she and Laverne live at 730 Hampton Street. In subsequent episodes, they say their address is 730 Kanap Street.

    • Laverne and Shirley work at the fictional Shotz Brewery.

    • Music on jukebox: "I'm Walkin'" by Fats Domino

    • This introductory episode sets the tone for the show: Laverne and Shirley attempting to "make their dreams come true" by getting a chance to step into high society. The characters would rarely get a chance to do something this special as they were more frequently just trying to get ahead while being put down by rich friends like Rosie Greenbaum.

    • This is the first episode of many to feature the hysterical running joke about Lenny and Squiggy: just as Laverne or Shirley is describing some repulsive guy or situation, Lenny and/or Squiggy barge in through the door.

    • Throughout the series, beginning in this episode, Lenny and Squiggy are Laverne and Shirley's male counterparts of sorts. Laverne and Lenny are the lighter-haired, taller ones while Shirley and Squiggy are the dark-haired, shorter ones. When it is time to pair up, Shirley and Squiggy often become pals and Laverne and Lenny stick together. Lenny helps comfort Laverne over the death of her mom, and he has a crush on her once (if not continuously). Squiggy thinks of Shirley as "The Female Squiggy."

    • While casual critics are often quick to point out that Laverne is all brains and brawn and that Shirley is a Snow White, virgin type, the girls are actually deeper than that through the run of the show. The first season makes less of a distinction between the girls' personalities with both of them being nearly as feisty. Shirley seems to be a little more street smart than she is willing to let on, and Laverne has a sensitivity and a bit of innocence about life that peeks through from time to time.

    • While the show tried to portray the cast as teenage/twenty-somethings, Carmine was the only one close to the the perceived age. Eddie Mekka was 23 when the show made its debut in 1976. Conversely, Penny Marshall was 33 and Cindy Williams, David L. Lander, and Michael McKean were each 28.

    • In the early seasons of Laverne and Shirley, the girls were portrayed as more "little girl" types, and the stories were somewhat more innocent and simple, such as Saturday night dates and scuffles with Lenny and Squiggy. But as the show got into the 4th and 5th season, things became a little more progressive, with Shirley wanting to become a Beatnick and Laverne accepting the death of her mother. Things would become even hipper in the Hollywood shows, with focus on concerns of the 60's.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Shirley: What's that song Frank Sinatra sings? "What makes the little ant think he'll move the rubber tree plant? Anyone knows an ant can't move a rubber tree plant. But he's got..." What's he got, Laverne?
      Laverne: A hernia.

    • Shirley: Laverne, the only parties we've ever been to are bring-your-own.
      Laverne: I like bringin' my own. That way, I know what I'm gettin'.

    • (Lenny and Squiggy ask Laverne and Shirley out on a date)
      Shirley: No, thank you. We're going to a formal society dinner.
      Lenny: (sarcastically) Whoa! Pardon me, ladies.
      Squiggy: Yeah. I woulda worn my tuxedo but my polo pony ate it.

    • Laverne: A Society gentleman would only go out with you for one reason: to have a good time, a few laughs, and a little vo-deo-doh-doh.
      Shirley: I don't vo-deo-doh-doh!
      Laverne: You vo-deo-doh-doh.
      Shirley: I don't vo-deo-doh-doh!
      Laverne: You vo-deo.
      Shirley: Once. I was going steady a whole year. I have a spotless reputation.

    • Shirley: I treat my body as a temple, Laverne. You have chosen to treat yours as an amusement park.

    • Laverne: If, in heaven, we don't meet hand-in-hand, we'll bear the heat, and if it ever gets too hot, Pepsi-Cola hits the spot.

    • Shirley: Of course you're never going to meet a high society gentleman. What's he gonna do? Walk up to you and say, "Hello, Laverne. Care to go to the opera, my dear?" And you'll go "bbbbbbbb."
      Laverne: Never saw you do that. You do that good.

  • NOTES (6)

    • In the first season, Shirley had a midwestern accent to make her seem more believable as a Milwaukee resident. However, what sounded more like a combination of a southern bell and Bronx accent was dropped after a short time. Garry Marshall asked her to drop the accent since her character was not from New York, and the accent did not sound very good.

    • Nearly all the scripts of Hey Landlord, a short-lived 1960s Garry Marshall-produced comedy about a man who inherits a brownstone apartment, were rewritten as scripts for Laverne & Shirley.

    • Laverne & Shirley is one of the few sitcoms in television history that opens with an outside shot at night (the girls skipping down the sidewalk).

    • Laverne and Shirley's apartment letter is "A" and would continue to be through all the episodes set in Milwaukee.

    • The set from The Odd Couple, another Garry Marshall production, was modified to become Laverne and Shirley's apartment.

    • Laverne and Shirley was shot on a stage next door to the stage where Happy Days was shot.