Laverne & Shirley

1976 TV-G 3 seasons

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Laverne & Shirley

1976 TV-G 3 seasons
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This beloved "Happy Days" spinoff follows the antics of the cynical Laverne De Fazio (Penny Marshall) and bubbly Shirley Feeney (Cindy Williams), best friends and roommates who work in a Milwaukee brewery and yearn for lives of romance and leisure. As they search for Mr. Right, the girls cope with the travails of working-class life and the attentions of annoying neighbors Lenny (Michael McKean) and Squiggy (David L. Lander).
SEASON  1
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3

Summary of Season 1 (1976) - 3 discs

The most lovable bottle-cappers in the world, Laverne and Shirley, try to make all their dreams come true in season one of the iconic 1970s sitcom. The girls land themselves in many sticky situations: inviting tough-guy Fonzie to a society party, befriending new neighbors Lenny and Squiggy, loopy-headed Laverne's bowling tournament, a wild bachelor party at the Pizza Bowl, the Shotz Beer Tasting tryouts and a run-in with the Milwaukee Masher.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Rating
TV-G - Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages.
age 7+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 7+
  • Penny Marshall
  • Michael McKean
  • Cindy Williams
  • David L. Lander
  • Eddie Mekka
  • Phil Foster
  • Betty Garrett
  • Leslie Easterbrook
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Reviews

age 7+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic slapstick sitcom is about two young women living and working on their own in Milwaukee in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Their desire to live independently is often challenged by the traditional gender roles of the time. The series stresses the importance of friendship, loyalty, and family. Alcohol (mostly beer) is visible -- the girls work in a brewery, after all -- and characters sometimes get drunk. The show's mild references to sexual activity will easily go over kids' head.

Sexual Content

Occasional kissing and mild sexual innuendo that will go over the head of young viewers. Shirley is a prude and refers to sex as "vodeo-doe-doe." Occasional discussions about the double standards that exist for men and women when it comes to sexual activity. Laverne is sexually active and has a pregnancy scare.

Violence

Plenty of physical comedy and pratfalls, and some slapstick-like pushing and shoving. One specific episode suggests that Laverne was at risk of being raped by a blind date.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

Laverne and Shirley are independent but must contend with the double standards that exist for men and women as well as the traditional female roles of the time (the show is set in the late '50s and early '60s). Friendship and loyalty are strong themes, particularly between Laverne and Shirley and Lenny and Squiggy. The cast is Caucasian, but many of the characters are of Italian and/or Polish heritage. The characters are from a working-class background, and occasional plots highlight this fact. Frank De Fazio exhibits chauvinistic behavior, and Mrs. Babish has been married eight times.

Consumerism

Pepsi bottles are visible, and the product is referred to often (Laverne likes to drink Pepsi and milk). Squiggy likes to drink Bosco chocolate flavoring.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Alcohol (especially beer) and tobacco products are occasionally visible and consumed. Some characters appear drunk as part of the comedy sequences.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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