Getting its start as a spin-off from "Happy Days," LAVERNE & SHIRLEY takes place in Milwaukee in the 1950?s and features Laverne, an outspoken, hot-headed woman who would love more than anything to be rescued from her job ... more »by a nice man, and Shirley, a na´ve young woman who worries about her reputation and often finds herself assuming the role of Laverne?s conscience in an effort to keep her best friend out of trouble. The two quirky friends have many fun times with Lenny and Squiggy, two greasers who share an apartment above Laverne and Shirley and always seem to have some kind of scheme up their sleeves.« less
S.J. T. from FREDERICKSBRG, TX Reviewed on 4/28/2015...
Remember your first apartment? Remember your first roommate, and the freedom, fun and frustration of living on your own, away from your parents for the first time?
Put that into the "fabulous fifties" with a couple of quick-witted, poodle-skirted mis-matched personalities and you have....
"Laverne and Shirley, the Complete First Season" - " A blast from the past' for sure, and lots of fun to watch.
The days of poodle skirts and sweaters, and boys' greased-up ducktails, and the old-fashioned morals that go with them....Funny and memorable for my age group, probably hilarious for people too young to have lived through those years.
As usual with any seasonal shows, some storylines are funnier than others, but throughout, the comedic skills of Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams are priceless.
"Laverne's" slapstick and midwestern slang and attitude mixed with "Shirley's" sweet girl-next-door personality, are hilarious, for instance both getting spitting mad when "I...Miss Shirley-'Don't Vodeo-do Til The Wedding Ring Goes on'-Feeny," finds out her name is being "besmirched" by Lenny and her sterling reputation is in tatters through gossip and the bathroom wall ... "Hell hath no fury."
But Shirley gets all the date phone calls, and Laverne, who WANTS that reputation, isn't!
Fonzie, Lenny and Squiggy are the perfect sidekicks, but Laverne and Shirley carry the whole show with their quick repartee and roommate fights, insights and caring.
And as for this particular season's CD, the show where a mugger steals Laverne's favorties "L" sweater and high heels, and Shirley's favorite poodle skirt, and comes mincing into the park wearing them in order to mug little old ladies - is worth getting the whole season's CD's...as Laverne and Shirley sit in the park as decoys, nervously waiting to be mugged, while the police under cover call off the operation and leave...
Okay, have I mention poodle skirts enough?
If 1950's Vintage is funny to you..this is your CD!
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For Crying Out Loud.. WHERE Are The Other Seasons??
Henrietta R. Hippo | Longview, TX | 12/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a big fan of Laverne and Shirley since it first aired in 1975. Now, here we are 30 years later, and it still remains one of my all-time favorite sitcoms. I knew this set had been kicking around for awhile now, but I finally got around to picking it up just last week. I've now had a chance to watch all three discs and was quite pleased with the quality of the transfers and the sound. There are no extras included here, no outtakes or deleted scenes, no commentaries or other goodies, but I'm not complaining. It was, after all, a SITCOM, and that's how they keep the prices on these box-sets low.
The series is set in 1950's Milwaukee, and follows the trials and tribulations of two working class girls from the suburbs, their eccentric but loveable neighbors, "Lenny & Squiggy"(Micheal McKean and David Lander), and the girls' misfortunes at dating, finding romance, and generally just trying to make their way in the world. The supporting cast included singer Eddie Mekka(Carmine Ragusa) who played Shirley's occasional boyfriend, Phil Foster(Frank DeFazio), Laverne's loud-mouthed, hard-working Italian father who owns the "Pizza-Bowl", and several other guest stars like Henry Winkler and Ron Howard. Season one DOES NOT include the character of Mrs. Edna Babish, which was played by the charming Betty Garrett, who became the girls' landlord, and later married Laverne's father, Frank. (Betty was still working on All in the Family at the time). It should also be said that the scripts and dialogue here were a little choppy at times, but you have to remember that this was the first season, and the show gradually improved as time went on, which brings me to my complaint...
WHERE IS THE REST OF THE SERIES? I see the shelves at Wal-Mart lined with other TV shows and sitcoms that weren't half as popular as this one was, and they're up to Season 4 and 5 already... What is Paramount's problem? Laverne and Shirley got so much better in later years. As a matter of fact, season 2 is where things really took off. Betty Garrett was added to the cast, and we were also introduced to Rosie Greenbaum, one of the girls' enemies from high school who married into money and likes to degrade them by calling them "bimbos". The scripts and the acting became more solid too. Eddie Mekka was given a number of dance/singing parts, which showcased his talent as not only an actor, but a fine musician as well. I have many favorite episodes, so many that I couldn't begin to mention them all. There were also a number of "two-parters" that aired such as "The Cruise", "You're In the Army Now", "Murder on the Moose-Jaw Express", "The Bardwell Caper", "Festival", and "Death Row". On a more somber note, the series seemed to jump the gun after season 5, when the girls packed up their belongings and headed out west to start a new life in California. Several new cast members were added, such as Leslie Easterbrook(Rhonda Lee), Ed Marinaro(Sonny), and Norman Bartold(Mr. Hildebrand). The show basically ended when Cindy Williams' character was written off after she married Walter Meeney, an army doctor who was stationed overseas. Though Penny Marshall tried to hold the show on her own, it was all downhill from there. The last episode of the series featured Eddie Mekka bidding farewell to the cast as he set off to make a name for himself on Broadway.
Laverne and Shirley ran for 8 years and was one of the highest rated sitcoms of the decade. Critics hated it, but the public adored it. The main audience of the show was middle-class America, who found it easy to relate to. It also spun off a short-lived cartoon series, and a number of kids toys and collectables. I don't know when (or if) Paramount will go ahead with season 2, but I'm patiently awaiting their decision. Several years ago, Columbia House issued a collection of 10 VHS tapes featuring some of the best episodes. These are now out of print and no longer available, however copies tend to pop up on eBay from time to time. In conclusion, I would say that this is a welcome addition and a good place to start, but I would like to see the better episodes come out on DVD eventually. Maybe next year. We're waiting Paramount... Until then, enjoy these memories!"
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8! We're Gonna Do it!
Anna M. Allred | Talbott, TN USA | 12/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I was 12, Laverne and Shirley was my favorite show! Never missed an episode and would often write my own episodes for my friends and I to enact.
I always watched the reruns and tried to tape episodes when I could, so when this was released on DVD, I had to have it.
Each episode, for me, anyway, is a trip down memory lane. But it also showcases the outstanding comedic talents of Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. They were as good as Lucy. I spent an evening belly laughing and still pop it in when I have had a rotten day and need a chuckle!
This is a great set for the major fan, but also a good way to introduce the latest generation to this great show! "
Where Are Seasons 2-5?
Sue | Denver | 04/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I, like many others, have been patiently waiting for the other seasons of L&S for quite sometime now. In just over 3 months, it will be ONE YEAR since the release of Laverne & Shirley's complete first season, with no further mention of Paramount deciding to go ahead with the rest of the series. I also agree that I can do without the California episodes, since the show seemed to jump the gun after season 6. I'm also in agreement that season 5 was perhaps the most refined of the entire series, with good plots and scripts, and solid acting. "Murder on the Moose-Jaw Express" also ranks as one of my all-time favourites, with "The Diner" running a close second. "Betty pick up your hash blacks please" LOL.
However, with that said, these DVD's are a great beginning. The transfers are solid, crisp and clear, and the sound is good too. There are no extras, outtakes, or any other goodies, and even the DVD cases themselves are plain and uninspiring, but that's OK with me since I hardly watch the extra stuff anyway, although some of the outtake scenes would probably be a hoot to watch. The chemistry between Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams worked magic on the screen, although off camera their relationship was anything but rosey. (they have since reconciled and are good friends today). Also, season one doesn't include the later character of Mrs. Babish, the girls landlord (played by Betty Garrett) and Rosie Greenbaum, one of the girls arch-enemies.
On the whole, not a bad collection, but certainly not the best. Perhaps if Paramount doesn't decide to give us any additional seasons, then maybe they could come out with a "Best of Laverne & Shirley" DVD, featuring all the better episodes? Anyway, we just have to be patient and wait and see I guess. I don't understand why a sitcom that practically saved ABC in the 70's has only had one season released so far. (CBS had M*A*S*H and All in the Family). Come on Paramount, get your show together. (literally). I'm waiting, and so are many others."
Wondering why season 2 never came out ????
John Gentile | Hoboken, NJ | 10/12/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's a simple matter of mathematics. Season one is a HALF SEASON (15 or so shows). The cost of this half season is listed at $35. It stands to reason a full season would cost $70. Would you pay that for season 2??? OK, now the reason the show is so expensive. Music COPYRIGHTS. Each song used as background music on the show has a separate copyright. Satisfying the holders of these copyrights is expensive. So the cost is passed on to the consumer. Same story with Happy Days. And did you notice no WKRP? Any show that uses Top 40 music has this problem. I recently purchased "Love at First Bite" with George Hamilton, to find "I Love the Night Life" by Alicia Bridges REPLACED by another generic tune. I guess she wanted too much money. For L&V to do this would spoil the flavor of the show."
Laugh Out Loud Comedy! They Don't Make Them Like This Today
hopelessromantic | Houston, TX | 04/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To me, this show was MUCH better than "Happy Days"; funnier, not as corny, and with much better performances by the leads. Cindy Williams as Shirley, and Penny Marshall as Laverne, created a classic television comedy that Paramount has finally premiered on DVD!
The show, a mid-season replacement as "Happy Days" had been, had a first-season run of 15 episodes ... so here is what the first boxed set should contain:
1) The Society Party - The boss's nephew wants to mingle with the "commoners" ... so invites the girls to a dinner at his Nana's manor -- where the girls show up wearing stolen gowns provided by Lenny and Squiggy, and get busted mid-dinner!
2) The Bachelor Party - With Laverne's father away and the girls managing the Pizza Bowl, L&S show a bad error in judgment when Fonzie talks them into letting a bachelor party go on there after hours.
3) Bowling for Razzberries - A bowling tournament is Laverne's big chance to finally get back at a bowling rival ... but by the night of the contest she falls ill, and is so doped up on medication she can hardly walk.
4) A Nun's Story - An old high school buddy, crazy Anne-Marie, shows up for the reunion as a nun.
5) Father at the Altar - Laverne decides to marry her boyfriend of only two months before the Navy ships him off.
6) Dog Day Blind Dates - Laverne and Shirley unwittingly have blind double dates set up with 2 criminals who plan to heist the bank next to the Pizza Bowl.
7) Once Upon a Rumor - Shirley's stuck zipper (with Squiggy trying to help her) leads to a rumor around the brewery that Shirley is a "fun date."
8) One Flew Over Milwaukee - Shirley drives everyone nuts when she loses her pet canary.
9) Dating Slump - Shirley becomes sullen and depressed when Carmine finds a new girlfriend.
10) It's the Water - L&S set out to earn promotions at work when they try out for a beer tasting position.
11) Fakeout at the Stakeout - A robber, "The Milwaukee Masher," is terrorizing local women; L&S set out to help Laverne's cop boyfriend catch him.
12) Hi, Neighbor - Lenny and Squiggy move into the girl's building.
13) How Do You Say "Are You Dead?" in German? - The girls set out to help a German delivery guy who faints in their living room.
14) From Suds to Stardom - Another Shotz Brewery talent show has the girls determined to win this year - after losing 4 years in a row.
15) Mother Knows Worst - Shirley's domineering mother pays a visit, and drives Shirley crazy criticizing her friends, clothes, home, life ... until Laverne finally sets the old gal straight.
"Laverne and Shirley" was an instant hit, and ran for eight years. The show relied a lot on silly humor and schtick and physical comedy, but could always be guaranteed for a lot of laughs, and remains a TV classic. Thanks so much Paramount, and please don't hesitate on other seasons - the two-parter where they catch a murderer on a train to Moosejaw, Canada (season 5- as mentioned by another viewer) is still the BEST!! (remember- THE COCOA'S POISON!) LOL!"