Laverne & Shirley

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ABC (ended 1983)

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  • Season 1 Episode 3: Bowling for Razzberries

  • Laverne is on the bowling team "The Hot Shotz," but, later, in the "Birthday Show" episode, the girls are on the rival team, "The Big Shotz."

  • Season 1 Episode 2: The Bachelor Party

  • Shirley's favorite foods are Scooter Pies, fishsticks, and pizza with pepperoni and onions.

  • Eddie Mekka and Phil Foster make their first appearances in this episode.

  • With Laverne's father, Frank, owning the Pizza Bowl, the gang are always able to get free pizza and drinks.

  • Season 1 Episode 1: The Society Party

  • 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.

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Comedy

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for the aarp crowd, life in a new city, long running show, cultural phenomenon, 80s