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[[caption-width-right:320:"Give us any chance, we'll take it\\
Read us any rule, we'll break it\\
[[ThematicThemeTune We're gonna make our dreams come true...]]"]]

->''"One, two, three, four,\\
Five, six, seven, eight!\\
[[YiddishAsASecondLanguage Schlemiel! Schlimazel!]]\\
Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!"''

''Laverne & Shirley'' is a {{sitcom}} [[SpinOff spun off]] from ''Series/HappyDays'', centering on two acquaintances of the Fonz who, as the series began, worked at a UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}} brewery.

Co-created by Garry Marshall (with former ''Happy Days'' writers Lowell Ganz and Mark Rothman), the show starred his sister Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio and Cindy Williams as her roommate Shirley Feeney. The most popular supporting characters were [[WackyGuy Wacky Guys]] Lenny and Squiggy, played by the underrated Michael [=McKean=] and David Lander; other supporting characters included Laverne's dad Frank (Phil Foster) and Shirley's on-again, off-again boyfriend Carmine "The Big Ragoo" Ragusa (Eddie Mekka). The series ran on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1976 to 1983.

When the girls joined the Army in "We're In The Army Now", viewers were suddenly faced with a possible {{retool}}...but the producers got cold feet and tossed that idea in the bottom drawer. The Army episodes inspired a Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon (a la ''WesternAnimation/TheFonzAndTheHappyDaysGang'') called ''Laverne and Shirley in the Army'', which was voiced by the leads.

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!!This series contains examples of:
* AnimatedAdaptation: ''Laverne and Shirley in the Army'', although on-screen it simply read ''Laverne & Shirley''.
* AnnoyingLaugh: ''Laverne''
* ArtifactTitle: Shirley left the cast in the final season. Conversely on the cartoon, Cindy Williams did not return to voice Shirley in season two, replaced by Lynn Marie Stewart.
* BankToaster: In one episode, Laverne agrees to help a woman who she thinks wants more of the bank's free dishes that they are giving away. Instead, she turns out to be a bank robber, and she and Laverne are both arrested.
* BathroomStallGraffiti: An early episode has the girls discovering their names and numbers have been written on a men's room wall at a local pool hall. Leading them to [[SweetPollyOliver disguise themselves as guys]] to try removing it.
* BerserkButton: Never call Laverne a bimbo.
** RealLife Example: Referencing this show when referring to the real Milwaukee has been known to push quite a few of these in Southeast Wisconsin. Milwaukee's Mayor Tom Barrett even quipped upon being elected that one of his main objectives was to let the rest of the world know that "Laverne & Shirley don't live here anymore." Now [[WebVideo/RedLetterMedia Mister Plinkett]] does.
* ChainLetter: An episode has Laverne enduring a spell of bad luck after throwing one of these away.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When the two first appeared on ''Happy Days'', there was very little difference between Laverne and Shirley. For this series, though, Laverne was made more of a tomboy and Shirley a girly girl.
* ChristmasEpisode
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: The girls' Milwaukee Landlady Edna, later Laverne's stepmother, just kind of vanished sometime after their move out to California.
* CommutingOnABus: Michael [=McKean=] didn't appear in many episodes of the final season, as he was busy preparing ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap''. With Squiggy appearing alone in many episodes and Shirley gone from the show entirely, some joked that it should have been re-titled "Laverne and Squiggy."
* CordonBleughChef: Laverne liked drinking a mix of Pepsi and milk together in the same glass.
* CrossOver: With its parent program ''Series/HappyDays''.
** Laverne appears with ''Happy Days''' Fonzie in the ''Series/MorkAndMindy'' pilot.
** On the animated side, Fonzie and [[CoolPet Mr. Cool]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheFonzAndTheHappyDaysGang'' joined ''Laverne & Shirley in the Army'' in season two, when the show became ''Laverne & Shirley with the Fonz''.
* DeathRow: Laverne somehow winds up there in a season 8 episode. [[spoiler:She's eventually exonerated.]]
* DiagonalBilling: Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams in the opening titles.
* DrillSergeantNasty: During the fifth season, the girls went into the Army, and contended with a tough-as-nails drill sergeant named Alvinia T. Plout (Vicki Lawrence, using her [[Series/MamasFamily Mama]] voice).
* DropInCharacter: Lenny and Squiggy, and Rhonda Lee during the Burbank years.
* TheFifties / TheSixties: With TheSeventies and [[TheEighties Eighties]] often [[AnachronismStew bleeding through]].
* [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five-Temperament Ensemble]]: Lenny (melancholic/phlegmatic), Shirley (phlegmatic/sanguine), Laverne (choleric), Frank (melancholic), Edna (phlegmatic), Squiggy (sanguine), and Carmine (leukine).
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Lenny and Squiggy, Squiggy moreso than Lenny.
* GameShowAppearance: Lenny and Squiggy on ''Series/TheDatingGame''.
* GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals: Shirley's beloved "Boo Boo Kitty".
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Subverted in a scene involving many prop bottles and one real glass bottle.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: The girls' boss at the brewery, Mr. Shotz, was never seen in person, always speaking to them and other employees from offstage, usually through a photo of himself or, if he had a more important part in the episode, something that obscured him, like a spotlight.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: A rare female example.
** Lenny and Squiggy.
* HypnoFool: In one episode, the duo find themselves acting like chickens every time a bell rings.
* InadvertentEntranceCue: Lenny and Squiggy were the undisputed champions of this.
* IncomingHam:
** Squiggy must think that "Haalloooooooow!" is some sort of mating call.
** "Heigh-ho! Rhonda's here!"
* IrrevocableMessage: A two-part episode ("The Bardwell's Caper") involved the duo trying to retrieve a nasty letter they had written to their boss.
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: "Laverne's Broken Leg"
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Lenny and Squiggy. More "jerk" in Squiggy, more "heart of gold" in Lenny.
* KnifeThrowingAct
* LocalHangout: The Pizza Bowl (when the show was set in Milwaukee) and Cowboy Bill's (during the Los Angeles years). Laverne's dad ran both establishments.
* MsFanservice: Rhonda (Leslie Easterbrook), a sexy blonde added as a ratings-boosting gimmick when the show moved to L.A.
** To some extent Laverne herself became this in the final season.
* NewYearHasCome: A season 3 episode has the girls welcoming in 1960.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Nearly the entire cast. One would think Milwaukee was located just outside of Brooklyn.
** Justified with Laverne and her father: they grew up in New York.
* PantyShot: Shirley in the cartoon, which had her and Laverne as cheerleaders in a football game in an episode. She drops to the ground doing a split and her skirt goes up.
* PlanningWithProps: In "The Bardwell's Caper", Laverne and Shirley planning to get a nasty letter out of their boss' office.
* PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Inverted. The real Milwaukee of the 1950s was in the midst of a mass-migration of African-Americans who came (and often were recruited) specifically to work at the city's breweries. Yet despite the titular characters working at a brewery (and the show's creation [[TheSeventies at a time]] when [[TokenMinority interracial casts]] were en vogue), the show featured no African-American characters.
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The final episode is actually one of these, following Carmine as he moves to New York to pursue a Broadway career and auditions for ''Theatre/{{Hair}}''. A very odd way to end the series, and what's more we [[LeftHanging never do learn]] whether he lands the role (since the planned spinoff never materialized).
* PresentDayPast: Like its parent show ''Happy Days'', the series increasingly fell victim to this as time went on.
* PutOnABus:
** The last season had Shirley marrying an Army medic and going overseas with him.
** "Big Rosie" Greenbaum once the show switched settings to Burbank. When the girls returned to Milwaukee in season 7's "Whatever Happened to the Class of '59?", [[TheBusCameBack so did Big Rosie.]]
* RequiredSpinoffCrossover: With ''Happy Days''.
* ReTool: When the duo moved from Milwaukee to Los Angeles.
* ReunionShow: Two of them, in 1995 and 2002. The second one included an in-character skit.
* RupturedAppendix: "Shirley's Operation."
* ShoutOut: The opening credits were spoofed by Wayne and Garth in ''Film/WaynesWorld''.
* SitcomArchnemesis: "Big Rosie" Greenbaum for Laverne during the Milwaukee years. Toned down some as the series went on.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: To levels that only Creator/LucilleBall matched.
* SyndicationTitle: ''Laverne and Shirley and Friends'', ''Laverne and Shirley and Company''.
** ProtagonistAndFriends
* ThematicThemeTune: "Making Our Dreams Come True". The song, performed by Cyndi Grecco, was issued as a single and reached #25 on the ''Billboard'' chart.
* ThirdPersonPerson: Rhonda
* ThoseTwoGuys: Lenny and Squiggy.
* ThrillerOnTheExpress: "Murder on the Moosejaw Express."
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Laverne is a tough-talking girl who prefers her men the same way, while on the other hand, Shirley is about as girly as a girl can get.
* UnfoldingPlanMontage: In one episode, Laverne outlines a plan to break into an office and steal back some important papers. As she explains it, we see the plan in action, which they pull off perfectly. Then it turns out it was just a visual depiction of the plan being described. Once they implement the plan it goes awry and HilarityEnsues.
* WackyGuy: Two of them, Lenny and Squiggy.
* YourFavorite: For Laverne - Milk and Pepsi. Together.
** TruthInTelevision for Penny Marshall.
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