The BEST Episodes of Laverne & Shirley

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 11, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

Laverne and Shirley is another good example of a successful spinoff and mid-season replacement. It debuted in January of 1976 and was an instant hit. Ranking number 3 in the Nielsen ratings for the 1975-1976 season. On Happy Days Laverne De Fazio and Shirley Feeney were two girls who were love interests for Richie Cunningham and Fonzie. Their occasional appearances led to their own series, which took place in the same city as Happy Days, Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the 1950's. Laverne and Shirley were lower class girls who shared an apartment and worked together at Shotz Brewery as bottlecappers. Laverne and Shirley were also quite different. Laverne was feisty, quick-tempered and manhungry while Shirley was more naive and trusting and quite inexperienced when it came to romance. Others in the cast included, Laverne's gruff father, Frank De Fazio who ran the Pizza Bowl, where Laverne and Shirley worked on occasions and Edna Babish was the girls landlady who later ma

The Festival (2)

#1 - The Festival (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 12, 1978

Frank tries to win the climbing the greased pole contest so he can win a trip to Italy for his mother.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Marc Sotkin, Paula A. Roth
The Bardwell Caper (1)

#2 - The Bardwell Caper (1)

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 10, 1981

Disappointed after not receiving the customary tri-monthly $5.00 raise, Laverne and Shirley write a nasty letter to their boss. At the end of the day, it is revealed that they DID get a raise, after all, but also that the nasty letter is sitting, unopened, on the boss's desk - waiting to be read the next morning. Desperate to save their jobs, Laverne and Shirley go home and try to hatch a plan to get that letter back, before morning.

star 8.91
32 votes
Directors: Tom Trbovich
Writers: David Ketchum, Tony DiMarco
The Bardwell Caper (2)

#3 - The Bardwell Caper (2)

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 17, 1981

The girls recruit Lenny, Squiggy, and Carmine to help them pull off this mission. Lenny and Squiggy will drive the getaway car, and act as lookouts, while Carmine, Laverne, and Shirley will sneak through the air vents, and make their way into the boss's office. They will carefully maneuver around the alarm system, retrieve the letter, and be on their way. No one shall be the wiser. Of course, when they try to put the plan into action, our heroes run into some obstacles along the way, and quickly realize that this isn't going to be as easy as they thought.

star 8.91
32 votes
Directors: Tom Trbovich
Writers: David Ketchum, Tony DiMarco
The Second (Almost) Annual Shotz Talent Show

#4 - The Second (Almost) Annual Shotz Talent Show

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 31, 1978

Mr. Shotz wants the girls to find a spot in the talent show for his no-talent nephew.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Paula A. Roth
Shotgun Wedding (2)

#5 - Shotgun Wedding (2)

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 13, 1979

The girls get engaged to Richie and Fonzie to avoid a shotgun wedding.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Judy Pioli
I Do, I Do

#6 - I Do, I Do

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 24, 1981

The girls almost marry tow rock stars from Britain after eating some brownies laced with marijuana.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Phil Perez
Writers: Cindy Begel, Lesa Kite
We're in the Army Now (2)

#7 - We're in the Army Now (2)

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 15, 1979

Laverne & Shirley regret joining the Army.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Judy Pioli
The Road to Burbank

#8 - The Road to Burbank

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 13, 1981

There is a dispute over who should pay the bill when Lenny and Squiggy trash a hotel room on their way to California and try to blame it on Laverne and Shirley. This leads to the telling of two different versions of what happened that night: one where Lenny and Squiggy are chasing the girls all night, and the other where the girls are feeling feisty and chase the boys around the room.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Frank Alesia
Writers: Jeff Franklin
Cruise (1)

#9 - Cruise (1)

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 1977

Shirley is waiting anxiously for Laverne to come back from the bank with their savings for their cruise holiday that they have been planning on for weeks. When Laverne comes in, she tells Shirley that they have $50 less than they thought, and now they're not going to be able to take the cruise as they only have two days until the ship sets sail. The girls get depressed until Laverne says that they shouldn't give up hope, that they still have two days left and that they'll think of something to come up with the money. The girls go see Carmine who gets them a job at J&J Shoes. Carmine tells the owner he'll bring all his tap dance students over to his store to buy their shoes if he hires Laverne and Shirley for the weekend. The guy hires the girls and tells them to go and get changed into their uniforms. When we see Laverne and Shirley again, Shirley is dressed as Jack and Laverne is dressed as Jill from the nursery rhyme. The store owner tells them they'll get $2 for every pair of shoes

star 8.25
4 votes
Directors: Alan Rifkin
Writers: Chris Thompson
The Driving Test

#10 - The Driving Test

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 21, 1978

The show starts with Laverne and Shirley chatting away in the Shotz brewery canteen when Lenny and Squiggy come in. Upon opening their pay checks, Squiggy discovers a letter from Max Shotz himself. He reads it aloud and the gang discovers that Squiggy failed his written driving test and he must retake it this Saturday and pass or lose his truck driver's licence and his job. We next see Laverne and Shirley spring cleaning their flat, Shirley is pouring soapy water on the floor while singing "Twist Again" as Laverne with sponges on her feet does the twist to clean the floor. Lenny comes in all upset and asking the girls if they'll help him help Squiggy to pass his test as Squiggy is getting very depressed. The girls reluctantly agree as if they don't, Lenny says he'll have to move in with them as he won't be able to afford the rent on his own. Laverne is asking Squiggy some highway code questions in which his answer is "Here chicky, chicky, chicky". After a few minutes of this, Laverne j

star 8.25
4 votes
One Heckuva Note

#11 - One Heckuva Note

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 20, 1979

Shirley finds an old love note written to Laverne from Carmine. This practically ends the girls friendship.

star 8.25
4 votes
The Quiz Show

#12 - The Quiz Show

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 10, 1978

The gang attend "Be Silly For Dollars". Carmine got the tickets & wanted to be a contestant. Shecky the host comes to the audience to select contestants. He first picks Lenny & Squiggy who aren't too interested. Then as he's about to select Carmine, Laverne & Shirley start jumping up & down & he selects them instead. On the game show, Lenny & Squiggy appear first. They answer a hard stumper correctly & model Irma comes out displaying a salami they won. Shecky tempts them with living room furniture, but they decide to take the salami! Laverne & Shirley appear next. They miss the question & have to do a silly stunt. They had two minutes to dress each other blindfoldedly which they succussfully do. Irma tells them they won a trip to Appliance Street! Shecky tells them they could either take the oven or appliance potpourri. After squabbling & arguing, the lucky buzzer sounds! Shecky invites them back next week. At home, Laverne's father wants them to wear some silly clothing pr

star 8.20
5 votes
Directors: Howard Storm
Writers: Monica Mcgowan Johnson
Frank's Fling

#13 - Frank's Fling

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 8, 1977

Laverne asks Lenny, Squiggy and Carmine to dress up as gangsters in order to scare away a golddigger who wants to marry her father.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Howard Morris
Writers: William J. Keenan
New Year's Eve - 1960

#14 - New Year's Eve - 1960

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 27, 1977

It is New Years Eve and Laverne is dumped by her date and Shirley has a cold. Squiggy does his human fly stunt as the countdown to the new year, 1960, arrives.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Alan Rifkin
Writers: Marc Sotkin
The Horse Show

#15 - The Horse Show

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 17, 1978

Shirley rescues a horse from a glue factory and put it in her bedroom. The girls try to find a new home for Buttercup before she's turned into glue. In the end it's Lenny and Squiggy who save the day by finding a farm with a nice pasture who's willing to let the horse live out the remainder of its days in contentment.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Judy Ervin
The Obstacle Course

#16 - The Obstacle Course

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 28, 1978

The policeman in charge of testing the recruits thinks Shirley is too puny and weak to do the assault course, so Laverne helps Shirley train to prove him wrong. Laverne's policeman boyfriend is getting women volunteers together to form L.A.M.P. (Ladies' Auxiliary Milwaukee Police). Laverne is naturally selected, but then Shirley wants to try it too. Laverne tries to dissuade her but ends up agreeing as long as Shirley doesn't quit. When Shirley gets there, no sooner does she try the obstacle course than she fails at the first obstacle which happens to be a pool of water. Shirley runs out of the room soaking wet. Laverne finds Shirley at the Pizzabowl in the ladies room, and Shirley now wants to quit. Laverne calls Shirley a cream puff and storms out. Back at the apartment, Shirley apologizes and says she'll keep at it if Laverne will help her become more athletic. Laverne then trains Shirley in all the obstacle course events until the day of the test, Shirley manages all the obstacles

star 8.00
3 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Arthur Silver
Debutante Ball

#17 - Debutante Ball

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired May 9, 1978

Laverne and Lenny go to a debutantes' ball where Lenny learns he is 89th in line for the Polish throne.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Alan Rafkin
Writers: Judy Ervin, Paula A. Roth
The Festival (1)

#18 - The Festival (1)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 5, 1978

The girls go to New York to visit all of Laverne's relatives and to attend the Italian festival. Laverne's Grandmother, Frank's mother takes a liking to Squiggy and treats him like a son.

star 8.00
3 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Marc Sotkin, Paula A. Roth
Playing the Roxy

#19 - Playing the Roxy

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 19, 1978

Laverne comes out the bedroom wearing only her slip and reading a magazine about a stripper named Roxy's adentures. It turns out that Shirley has read the article and when Laverne is about to go outside to collect the mail, Shirley gives Laverne a telling off for wearing only her slip outside. So she goes to collect the mail. Lenny and Squiggy appear wearing their new lodge hats, The Order Of The Bass, and then tell Laverne that Shirley is taking a nap outstide at the bottom of the stairs. Shirley has fallen and hit her head and now thinks she is Roxy from the magazine. She then shows a complete change in her persoanlity as she practices bumps and grinds. Carmine thinks he'll have more luck with Roxy and chats her up just as Laverne tells him to leave. Later when Shirley/Roxy is all alone, Lenny and Squiggy arrive and try to get Roxy to strip. She says she will if it's at a mens club and she gets paid, so they arrange for her to strip at their lodge's big party. Laverne comes home late

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Paul B. Price, Stephen Nathan
Laverne & Shirley Go to Night School

#20 - Laverne & Shirley Go to Night School

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 17, 1978

Shirley wants to become a medical assistant, and wants reluctant Laverne to go to night school with her.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Lowell Ganz
Writers: Marc Sotkin
A Chorus Line

#21 - A Chorus Line

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 21, 1978

Laverne dreams of going to Broadway when she auditions for West Side Story in Chicago.

star 8.00
1 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Marc Sotkin
Dinner for Four

#22 - Dinner for Four

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 5, 1978

The girls meet two guys in Frank's Pizzabowl. When they get chatting, the girls think that the guys are inviting them for dinner at their posh flat, but in reality all the guys want is to hire them to be maids for the evening to them and their posh girlfriends.

star 8.00
1 votes
Writers: Al Aidekman
It's a Dog's Life

#23 - It's a Dog's Life

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 12, 1978

Shirley handcuffs herself to a homeless dog at the pound to protest the scheduled death of the dog. Carmine comes to the rescue in the end by finding homes for all the abandoned dogs as he gives a free dance lesson to anyone who'll adopt a dog.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Judy Ervin
The Fire Show

#24 - The Fire Show

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 20, 1979

One of the firemen who comes to put out the fire in their apartment falls for Laverne. Unfortunately, Shirley falls for him too which leads to the girls' friendship being tested to the limits.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Joel Zwick
Writers: Jeff Franklin
Squiggy in Love

#25 - Squiggy in Love

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 27, 1979

Laverne and Shirley try to help Squiggy by pointing out to him that his latest great looking girlfriend is just using him to help move into and decorate her flat. When they finally confront Squiggy with the news, he tells them he knows he's being used but what chance does a guy like him have with a beautiful girl like that. Of course he does the right thing thanks to his friends and tells the golddigger to get lost.

star 8.00
2 votes
Directors: Penny Marshall
Writers: Barry Rubinowitz