Laverne & Shirley: The Fifth Season [4 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • "Shotgun Wedding" (Part 1) Happy Days bonus episode
  • Episodic promos
  • Gag reel


Season five of Laverne & Shirley begins with the conclusion of a two-part story inaugurated on its "sister" series Happy Days: "Shotgun Wedding, Part 2," wherein big-hearted Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams) become engaged to hapless teenagers Richie (Ron Howard) and Potsie (Anson Williams) to rescue the boys from a forced marriage to a pair of toothsome farmer's daughters. Other memorable episodes this season include "Upstairs, Downstairs," in which our heroines imagine themselves in the hereafter, with Shirley in Heaven and Laverne in a hot place not called California; "What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor?," guest-starring Ed Begley Jr. as Shirley's alcoholic brother, Bobby; the unforgettable two-part "You're in the Army Now," directed by Joel Zwick of thirtysomething fame and introducing Vicki Lawrence in the role of shrill WAC sergeant Plout; another two-parter, "Murder on the Moosejaw Express," with Charlene Tilton of Dallas fame as "herself" (and never mind that Charlene would have been a toddler in the early '60s!); "The Beatnik Show," featuring Art Garfunkel as a hipster called "The Mighty Oak"; and "Antonio the Amazing," co-starring Ed Marinaro as the title character, one year before he would join the series in the role of Sonny St. Jacques. Arguably the most famous of the year's episodes is the telecast of November 1, 1979, in which Laverne's father, Frank De Fazio (Phil Foster), finally marries the girls' landlady, Edna Babish (Betty Garrett). Traditionally, a popular sitcom relies upon a "wedding" episode only when its ratings are faltering, and Laverne & Shirley was no exception: rated as America's most popular series during season four, the show's viewership plummeted disastrously during season five. Clearly, what was called for was a radical change in format -- which in this case translated as a change of locale, from Milwaukee to California. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew

  • Penny Marshall - Laverne DeFazio
  • Cindy Williams - Shirley Feeney
  • Michael McKean - Leonard `Lenny Kosnowski
  • David L. Lander - Andrew `Squiggy' Squiggman
  • Phil Foster - Frank DeFazio

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