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Laverne & Shirley - The Complete First Season DVD

 Laverne & Shirley - The Second Season DVD

 Laverne & Shirley - The Third Season DVD

 Laverne & Shirley - The Fourth Season DVD


Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: January 27, 1976

Last Telecast: May 10, 1983

Theme Song:

"Making Our Dreams Come True", by Norman Gimble and Charles Fox; sung by Cyndi Grecco

Broadcast History:

January 1976 – July 1979, Tuesday 8:30-9:00 on ABC

August 1979 – December 1979, Thursday 8:00-8:30 on ABC

December 1979 – February 1980, Monday 8:00-8:30 on ABC

February 1980 – May 1983, Tuesday 8:30-9:00 on ABC


Laverne DeFazio..... Penny Marshall

Shirley Feeney (1976-1982)..... Cindy Williams

Carmine "The Big Ragu" Ragusa..... Eddie Mekka

Frank DeFazio..... Phil Foster

Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman..... David L. Lander

Lenny Kosnowski..... Michael McKean

Mrs. Edna Babish DeFazio (1976-1981)..... Betty Garrett

Rosie Greenbaum (1976-1977)..... Carole Ita White

Sonny St. Jacques (1980-1981)..... Ed Marinaro

Rhonda Lee (1980-1983)..... Leslie Easterbrook


This slapstick 1950’s-era comedy was about two spunky girls from lower-class backgrounds, without much education, with no money, but with the determination to get ahead. They worked on an assembly line in the bottle-cap division of the Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee. Laverne was the quick-tempered, defensive one, always afraid of getting hurt (which she usually did) – a glib realist. Shirley was naive and trusting, a sucker for a sad story.

Others in the cast included Lenny and Squiggy, the girls' screwball neighbors and truck drivers at the plant; amorous Carmine “The Big Ragu”; Laverne's father, Frank, owner of the Pizza Bowl, a local hangout; Mrs. Babish, the sardonic landlady who was first seen in the fall of 1976 (replacing the original landlady, Mrs. Havenwurst, played by Helen Page Camp, seen in only a couple of episodes); and Rosie, an uppity friend.

Laverne & Shirley was a spin-off of sorts from Happy Days, in which the girls appeared only briefly. It was set in the same city and period, and the girls' friend Fonzie sometimes stopped by to say hello. With friends like that, Laverne & Shirley shot to the top of the ratings. Critics called it TV junk food: ABC program chief Fred Silverman responded by comparing it to the classic satire of the 17th-Century French playwright Molière. No matter what anyone said, the public loved it. During the 1977-1978 season it was the number-one program on television.

With the 1978-1979 season, the program moved into the 1960's. Frank DeFazio and Mrs. Babish, both single, began dating, and in the fall of 1979 they were married. Then, in the fall of 1980, the whole crew picked up and moved to Burbank, California, all seeking to better their lot in a new environment. The girls began trying to get into the movies. Frank and Edna opened a restaurant, Cowboy Bill's. Carmine just wanted to be near his best girl, Shirley. New neighbors included Rhonda, a caustic dancer and model, and Sonny, a stuntman, and their apartment building manager.

Life behind the scenes of Laverne & Shirley had always been tumultuous, due to an intense rivalry between its two stars. Demands were made, writers fired, feuds erupted. Finally in 1982 Cindy Williams, who was pregnant, left the series. Her character, Shirley, married an army medic named Walter Meany who was assigned overseas. Laverne tried to go it alone, but, faced with withering competition from The A-Team on NBC, Laverne & Shirley quietly expired the following spring.

The theme song from this series was on the hit parade in 1976 in a recording by Cyndi Grecco, who was also heard on the show. Reruns of Laverne & Shirley were on ABC's daytime lineup from April 1979 to June 1980, and a Saturday morning cartoon version was seen from October 1981 to September 1983.