7 Things You Didn’t Know About Laverne & Shirley
Laverne & Shirley was a spinoff of the show Happy Days that ran for eight seasons from 1976 to 1983. The show was incredibly popular, even more popular than its parent show. Even though many of us have heard of Laverne & Shirley, most of us don’t know a lot about the show and all of the drama that happened behind the scenes, so here are 7 things you didn’t know about the ABC sitcom:
7. Getting Their Own Show
Laverne (played by Penny Marshall) and Shirley (played by Penny Williams) first appeared on Happy Days in the episode “A Date with Fonzie.” They played two “loose” girls Fonzie finds in his black book to go on a double date with him and Richie. Laverne and Shirley proved to be incredibly popular, so studio execs asked producer Garry Marshall (who was Laverne’s brother in real life) to create a show for them.
6. Original Name
The show was originally titled “Laverne Defazio and Shirley Feeney” and was called Laverne & Shirley for short. For the first couple of episodes, the opening credits read, “Laverne Defazio and Shirley Feeney,” but then was switched to Laverne & Shirley.