Sunday, December 14, 2008

Laverne & Shirley

Laverne & Shirley was a situation comedy that ran on ABC from 1976 to 1983. It starred Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as Shirley Feeney, roommates who, as the series began, worked in a Milwaukee brewery.

Most memorable characters include:

  • Laverne De Fazio: Best remembered for her love of milk and Pepsi and the letter "L" monogrammed on her shirts and sweaters.
  • Shirley Feeney: Best remembered for her most prized possession "Boo Boo Kitty", a large stuffed cat which sits next to her bed, and her favorite song "High Hopes", often used by one of the girls to cheer the other up.
  • Lenny Kosnowski: Best remembered for being a lovable goof who pesters Laverne and Shirley along with his best friend and roommate Squiggy, who both live upstairs from Laverne and Shirley's basement apartment.
  • Andrew "Squiggy" Squigman: Best remembered for making nearly every entrance with his trademark "Hello" said in a slightly whiney voice.
  • Frank De Fazio: Best remembered for being Laverne's Italian-born father who runs the Pizza Bowl and then later Cowboy Bills.
  • Carmine "The Big Ragu" Ragusa: Best remembered as Shirley's high school sweetheart and on-again, off-again romance, who is constantly working to make it big as a dancer and singer.
  • Edna Babish DeFazio: Best remembered for being the landlady who eventually marries Laverne's father.


  1. I'm surprise there are no comments on this one yet!

    This came on after Happy Days...or was it before?

    Anyway, I loved both shows. I thought Laverne and Shirley were so independent! Own apartment, boyfriends, and jobs at the beer factory. They were early role models for little girls all over.

    Why didn't they ever lock their front door? Squiggy and Lenny always just barged right in!! LOL

    Born 1966

  2. another favorite :) I think it had a lot to do with the intros and them music. Have you noticed theme music on shows is not what it used to be?