Laverne & Shirley

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Laverne & Shirley
Laverne & Shirley-Logo.jpg
Premiere January 27, 1976
Finale May 10, 1983
Airs Sundays at 3 PM and 3:30 PM on MeTV
Creator Garry K. Marshall and
Lowell Ganz,
Mark Rothman
Network ABC
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company Henderson Production Company
Miller/Milkis Productions
(seasons 1–6)
Miller/Milkis/Boyett Productions
(seasons 7–8)
Paramount Television
Distributor Paramount Television (1981–2006)
CBS Paramount Television (2006–2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007– )
Seasons 8
Episodes 178
Origin USA

Laverne & Shirley is a sitcom that aired on ABC. The show is a spinoff of Happy Days.

Laverne DeFazio and Shirley are two young bachelorettes who work at the Shotz brewery in Milwaukee. Most of their misadventures have them trying to meet boys and trying to better their lives. Their neighbors are Carmine Ragusa (pro pugilist and the girls' friend) and Lenny Kosnowski and Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman (the latter two a pair of well-meaning buffoonish greasers).

Later episodes had the crew relocating to Burbank, California. The show spawned a Hanna-Barbera cartoon for ABC's Saturday morning line-up in 1981, unofficially billed as Laverne and Shirley in the Army.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Penny Marshall Laverne DeFazio * * * * * * * *
Cindy Williams Shirley Feeney * * * * * * * *
David L. Lander Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggmann * * * * * * * *
Michael McKean Leonard "Lenny" Kosnowski * * * * * * * *
Eddie Mekka Carmine Ragusa * * * * * * * *
Phil Foster Frank DeFazio * * * * * * * *
Betty Garrett Mrs. Edna DeFazio * * * * *
Leslie Easterbrook Rhonda Lee * * *
Ed Marinaro Sonny St. Jacques *
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Carole Ita White Rosie Greenbaum *
Vicki Lawrence Sgt. Alvinia T. Plout * * * *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
ABC
Season One: Laverne DeFazio & Shirley Feeney January 27, 1976 May 18, 1976 15
Season Two September 28, 1976 April 5, 1977 23
Season Three September 20, 1977 May 30, 1978 24
Season Four September 5, 1978 May 15, 1979 24
Season Five September 13, 1979 May 13, 1980 26
Season Six November 18, 1980 May 26, 1981 22
Season Seven October 13, 1981 May 11, 1982 22
Season Eight September 28, 1982 May 10, 1983 22

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete Series June 16, 2015 purchase 28
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season August 17, 2004 purchase 3
The Second Season April 17, 2007 purchase 4
The Third Season November 27, 2007 purchase 4
The Fourth Season April 22, 2008 purchase 4
The Fifth Season April 10, 2012 purchase 4
The Sixth Season May 21, 2013 purchase 3
The Seventh Season February 4, 2014 purchase 3
The Eighth and Final Season May 6, 2014 purchase 3

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