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Laverne and Shirley is a situational comedy television show that follows the trials and antics of brewery workers Laverne Defazio and Shirely Feeney. The show takes place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1950s. In the later seasons, the two roommates move to California in the early 1960s.

Laverne is the daughter of an Italian pizzeria owner and is originally from New York. She is outgoing and tomboyish. Shirley, on the other hand, tries her best to be a refined lady, even though she acts more like a little girl who dreams of marriage and kids. The personality differences between the two fuel much of the comedy of the show, which mostly follows the two working-class women's love lives and their interactions with their friends, family, and neighbors.

Recurring characters include the title women's eccentric neighbors, Lenny and Squiggy, who often flirt with the girls but are always rejected. Carmine Ragusa, Shirley's occasional boyfriend, appears in many episodes also. Edna Babish, their landlady, and Laverne's father, Frank, also make regular appearances, and eventually the two get married and move to California with Laverne and Shirley.

8 Seasons, 178 Episodes
January 27, 1976
Cast: Cindy Williams, Penny Marshall, Eddie Mekka, Betty Garrett, David Lander
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Laverne & Shirley Full Episode Guide

  • Carmine has faced the realization that his career in California is dead and decides to head to New York and try out for a part in a Broadway show.

  • When a councilman decides that a new high rise building should be built on the site of Cowboy Bill's, Frank DeFazio decides to through his hat in the ring and run for the job himself.

  • Carmine's singing career seems to be headed no where, until his record is heard by a record executive and offer's him a shot to appear on popular music show.

  • Squendelyn, Squiggy's weird sister has arrived in town for a visit and falls in love with Carmine.

  • Lenny and Squiggy believe they have found a treasure map and go searching for the riches along with Carmine and Frank.

  • Laverne believes her apartment is being spooked by a ghost and holds a seance along with the gang in order to exorcise it off her residence.

  • Laverne's new boyfriend is a fashion photographer which makes her jealous over spending all day with beautiful models. So Laverne attends a fashion show in order to keep an eye on him and mistakenly ends up walking down the catwalk as a model.

  • Laverne informs Chuck that if his band is going to make any money then they will need to learn to play rock 'n roll music. Unfortunately, they are going to need a lot of help.

  • Sgt. Plout is back, pregnant and needing a place to stay. So Laverne gives her a room as the two mothers-to-be contest and then head to a funeral for an old friend of Mr. DeFazio. While at the proceedings Sgt. Plout goes into labor and has her baby...right there.

  • The Russian ballet is in town and a defector from the troupe is a dead ringer for Squiggy...except for the dancing part.

  • Laverne can't shake her depression over the direction in which her life has been going and asks Mother Superior if she can move into the convent for awhile. But Laverne's big mouth may get her kicked out of the nunnery.

  • Laverne is dating a gymnast who's specialty is the flying trapeze. But she can't get passed a feeling that he is trying to kill her.

  • Laverne tries to restore her boyfriend's confidence, but her plan goes awry.

  • Laverne is sent to see a gypsy after breaking a chain letter and then going through a run of bad luck.

  • Laverne gets herself mixed up with bad company when her new friends bring her to a bank for what she believes is to pick up new dishes, unknown that they are bank robbers. Now she is arrested with them and taken to jail.

  • Laverne is asked to try out as a Playboy bunny while at the Playboy club, getting an application for Rhonda. After passing the first test, Laverne is asked to attend bunny training course which she finds is harder than it looks.

  • Laverne takes a job at Ajax Aerospace after running low on money. After becoming bored, Laverne puts on an experimental anti-gravity suit from the laboratory and can't seem to keep her feet on the ground.

  • Bardwell's department store is hosting a "House of the Future" display in their window, and Laverne and Shirley have agreed to live there for the weekend.

  • Shirley falls in love with a man named Walter Meeney while at the Veterans Affairs hospital, and after a short courting has decided to marry him, which means she will soon be moving away from Laverne.

  • Shirley's conscience is working overtime after she borrows and loses Laverne's favorite purse without asking permission first. Now she dreams that Laverne is out for revenge.

  • The girl's apartment has been hit by robbers, so Mr. DiFazio and Carmine want to set up a trap.

  • With Squiggy acting as Carmine's agent, he does a gig as "Lightning Man."

  • Carmine and Frank DeFazio have an argument over which music is better, that of today or yesteryear?

  • While Squiggy gets reunited with his long-lost father, Laverne and the gang become extras in a Broadway styled play.

  • Since dating around the town has been a waste of time, Laverne and Shirley decide to look for guys on the ski slopes.

  • During a trip back to Milwaukee for a class reunion, Lenny and Squiggy has all their friends believing that Laverne, Shirley and Carmine have become big Hollywood stars.

  • Laverne is unaware that her new boyfriend is married, that is until his wife walks in to the same restaurant they are at during a date.

  • While at Bardwell's Department Store, the girl's get treated rudely by a singing sensation, and plan on taking some incriminating pictures to sell to a tabloid as their revenge.

  • Carmine is convinced by Rhonda that he is right for the part in a movie as an ex-boxer.

  • Animal lover Shirley gives Rhonda a piece of her mind when she sees her wearing a fur coat. Meanwhile, Laverne is unaware that the man she has set Shirley up with is a furrier.

  • Squiggy is feeling lonely now that Lenny has been seeing a girl at their favorite spot, the La Brea tar pits.

  • Shirley has a chance for a free wedding reception, now all she must do is convince Carmine to be her groom.

  • Barwell's Department Store gets an unexpected customer when a depressed Charles Grodin walks in searching for some Christmas cheer. But the girls believe he is there for a different reason. Laverne is convinced he is hitting on her for a date, while Shirley is thinking he wants a job at the store.

  • Laverne is all set to move in with her boyfriend, but a chat with Lenny makes her change her mind.

  • Laverne becomes upset when she loses one of her late mother's diamond earrings.

  • Lenny and Squiggy wander backstage at an awards show which is being televised, and suddenly find themselves standing next to Joey Heatherton.

  • Shirley accidentally becomes handcuffed to a bank robber, who's only escape would mean she would have to go along with him.

  • While attending a wild fraternity party, the girls come to a conclusion that they are no longer as young as they once were.

  • Sal, Laverne's old boyfriend, shows up in California in a search for her, but now he is a millionaire.

  • Laverne winds up with a broken jaw after a day of reminiscing about their high school days gets Laverne and Shirley embroiled in a fist fight.

  • Lenny and Squiggy are running their own talent agency and asks Laverne and Shirley to be part of a Latvian acrobatic act on TV.