CTVA US Comedy - "Laverne and Shirley" (Paramount/ABC) Season 1 (Early 1976)

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Starring Penny Marshall (as Laverne DeFazio) and Cindy Williams (as Shirley Feeney)
Season 1 (ABC) (Early 1976) Milwaukee
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
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ABC Tuesdays
Setting: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1.1 [--] Laverne and Shirley: The Society Party
(Pilot)
27 January 1976 ABC Tue
Written by Bob Brunner
Directed by Garry Marshall
Guest Cast:
Henry Winkler .... The Fonz (from "Happy Days")
Kathrine Ish Stahl.
Laverne & Shirley move into their new Milwaukee home. In the pilot they also attend a dinner party at the Shotz masion
with Fonzie. The girls don't have posh dress's to wear to go the Shotz party so they ask Lenny and Squiggy to get them
dresses. Lenny and Squiggy arrive later with 2 dresses one size 5, one size 10 which they reant to the girls, the dress's
are from Squiggy's uncles wax museum. When the girls get to the party they are accused of stealing the dress's which
prompts them to go the ladies room and remove the dress's. They promise to get revenge on Lenny and Squiggy for renting
them stolen gowns. Fonzie meanwhile keeps eating his dinner and watching the goings on merrily. You're never told as
to whether Lenny and Squiggy actually stole the dress's or not, although as the series progresses Squiggy's uncle's
wax museum features more than a few times.

1.2 [--] Laverne and Shirley: The Bachelor Party
3 February 1976 ABC Tue
Written by Lowell Ganz, Mark Rothman
Directed by Jerry Paris
Guest Cast:
Henry Winkler .... The Fonz (from "Happy Days")
Laverne rents out her father's pizza parlor for a bachelor party. The girl hired to jump out of the cake falls sick
and Shirley must take her place. The party is in full swing at the Pizzabowl where Laverne and Shirley are serving
the rowdy males. The news then comes in that the 'girl in the cake' is ill and can't make it, which makes Laverne beg
Shirley to take her place as the dress is a size 5. After much pleading Shirley agrees. When she comes out of the cake
and Carmine see's that it's his 'Angel Face' he gets all protective and covers her up with his coat. The men threaten
to smash up the place until Fonzy steps in.

1.3 [--] Laverne and Shirley: Bowling for Razzberries
10 February 1976 ABC Tue
Written by Marty Nadler
Directed by Alan Myerson
Laverne has a cold and is on heavy medication which makes her very drowsy, but she goes ahead and bowls anyway.

1.4 [--] Laverne and Shirley: A Nun's Story
24 February 1976 ABC Tue
Written by Michael Warren, William Bickley
Directed by Alan Myerson
Laverne & Shirley expect one of their wild friends to turn their class reunion into a success, unaware that she is
now a nun.

1.5 [--] Laverne and Shirley: Falter at the Alter
2 March 1976 ABC Tue
Written by Arthur Silver
Directed by Jay Sandrich
Laverne suddenly decides to marry her next boyfriend. This is the first Sal episode, Laverne has known Sal only
2 months and is going to go ahead and marry him but Shirley talks her out of it.

1.6 [--] Laverne and Shirley: Dog Day Blind Dates
9 March 1976 ABC Tue
Written by Dale McRaven
Directed by James Burrows
Guest Cast:
Fred Willard
Guich Kooch.

Laverne & Shirley meet two strange guys on a blind date. The girls dates keep Laverne, Shirley, Lenny and Squiggy
hostage while they try to rob the bank next door.

1.7 [--] Laverne and Shirley: Once Upon a Rumor -aka- Did She Or Didn't She
16 March 1976 ABC Tue
Written by Holly Mascott
Directed by Howard Storm
Lenny ruins Shirleys reputation when he jumps to the wrong conclusion about Squiggy and Shirley. Shirley is changing
her skirt in the brewery lunch room alone, when Squiggy walks in Shirley's zipper is stuck and Squiggy fixes her zipper,
not before Lenny opens the lunch room door and sees Shirley minus her skirt and Squiggy combing his hair. Squiggy lets
Lenny fuel the rumours that he has gotten further with Shirley than anyone else so's to make himself out to be a brewery
legend. When Squiggy refuses to recant on the stories he's been spreading Carmine threatens to break his arm, but even
that won't make Squiggy change his mind. Shirley stops Carmine and Squiggy leaves the room in a hurry, Shirley starts
sobbing at the table until she hears over the brewery tannoy Squiggy telling the truth about what really happened.

1.8 [--] Laverne and Shirley: One Flew Over Milwaukee
23 March 1976 ABC Tue
Written by William Bickley, Michael Warren
Directed by Michael Kidd
Shirley is driving everyone crazy worrying about her pet canary. This leads to her sitting by the open window in
freezing cold weather waiting for the canary to return. So Carmine buys a replacement canary and stands outside
freezing trying to get his canary to fly in the window to keep Shirley happy. When Carmines canary flies in the window,
Shirley is happy that her bird has come home. Secretly at the end we find out that she knows it's a different
bird all along and when her own canary returns she keeps them both.

1.9 [--] Laverne and Shirley: Dating Slump
30 March 1976 ABC Tue
Written by Arthur Silver
Directed by Alan Myserson
Guest Cast:
Carol White.
Shirley's boyfriend dumps her for another girl. So Laverne tries to snap her out of her depression by getting her out
of the house. While on a date at a pool hall the girls end up getting into a fight with two other girls.
Note: This episode has the first appearance of Carol White, but not as Rosie Greenbaum she's just one of the girls
who pick a fight with Laverne and Shirley.

1.10 [--] Laverne and Shirley: It's the Water
6 April 1976 ABC Tue
Written by Greg Strangis
Directed by Dennis Klein
Shirley is promoted to the job of beer taster.

1.11 [--] Laverne and Shirley: Fakeout at the Stakeout
13 April 1976 ABC Tue
Written by Deborah Leschin, David W. Duclon
Directed by Alan Myserson
Guest Cast:
Bo Kaprall.
Laverne becomes a decoy to help catch a thief who has stolen some of Laverne and Shirley's favourite clothes.
This episode introduces the policeman, her on/of boyfriend for a few shows.

1.12 [--] Laverne and Shirley: Hi, Neighbor
27 April 1976 ABC Tue
Written by David L. Lander, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer
Directed by Alan Myserson
Guest Cast:
Helen Page Camp.
Lenny and Squiggy move into Laverne & Shirley's apartment building. Laverne & Shirley have to vouch for Lenny
and Squiggy before Edna will accept them as tennants.

1.13 [--] Laverne and Shirley: How Do You Say 'Are You Dead' in German?
4 May 1976 ABC Tue
Written by Bob Brunner
Directed by John Thomas Lenox
Guest Cast:
Brenda Verrett
Harold Oblong.

The German delivery man faints in Laverne & Shirley's house. So they try to rustle up some money to give him as charity
when they find out that he's a German immigrant who has been taken for all his money, and then that he has just been
fired. Laverne isn't keen to give him charity which leeds to an argument between her and Shirley, Carmine, Lenny and
Squiggy. In the end Laverne comes through as she gets him a job at the Pizzabowl as a busboy.

1.14 [--] Laverne and Shirley: From Suds to Stardom -aka- The First Annual Shotz Talent Show.
11 May 1976 ABC Tue
Written by Buz Kohan
Directed by James Burrows
After losing four talent contests, Laverne & Shirley decide to do something about it.

1.15 [--] Laverne and Shirley: Mother Knows Worst
18 May 1976 ABC Tue
Written by Arthur Silver
Directed by Alan Myserson
Guest Cast:
Pat Caroll.
Shirley's domineering mother comes for a visit, and finds fault with Shirley, her friends, and everything else about
Shirley's life, until Laverne sets her straight.

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