Laverne & Shirley (originally Laverne DeFazio & Shirley Feeney) is an American television sitcom that played for eight seasons on ABC from January 27, 1976, to May 10, 1983. A spin-off of Happy Days , Laverne & Shirley followed the lives of Laverne DeFazio (Penny Marshall ) and Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams ), two friends and roommates who work as bottle-cappers in the fictitious Shotz Brewery in late 1950s Milwaukee , Wisconsin . From the sixth season onwards, the series' setting changed to mid-1960s Burbank , California . Michael McKean and David Lander co-starred as their friends and neighbors Lenny Kosnowski and Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman, respectively; along with Eddie Mekka as Carmine Ragusa, Phil Foster as Laverne's father Frank DeFazio, and Betty Garrett as the girls' landlady Edna Babish.
History[edit ]The series was a spin-off from Happy Days , as the two lead characters were originally introduced on that series as acquaintances of Fonzie (Henry Winkler ). Set in roughly the same time period, the timeline started in approximately 1958, when the series began, through 1967, when the series ended. As with Happy Days, it was made by Paramount Television , created by Garry Marshall (along with Lowell Ganz and Mark Rothman ) and executive produced by Garry Marshall, Edward K. Milkis , and Thomas L. Miller from Miller-Boyett Productions.
According to Michael Eisner , Cindy Williams had refused to do the Laverne & Shirley spin-off, so her role was recast with Liberty Williams (no relation), and a seven-minute screen test was filmed. Between that afternoon shoot and the evening, Cindy Williams was eventually talked into doing the role and the scene was re-filmed that night with who would become the lead actresses. Executives wanted to see both versions, but Eisner hid the first reel of film in a closet of the building and said at the screening that the film from the first shoot had gotten lost, so they only watched the performance of Cindy Williams with Penny Marshall.
Season 1 opening credits