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7 Facts About “Laverne and Shirley”

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Collaboration with Coppola

Marshall and Williams first collaborated as writers for Francis Ford Coppola on the bicentennial spoof "My Country Tis of Thee," alongside Steve Martin, Martin Mull, and Harry Shearer, before being cast as Laverne and Shirley by Garry Marshall.

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Spinal Tap Connection

Harry Shearer, who appeared in the Laverne & Shirley episode "Bus Stop," later formed Spinal Tap with fellow guest-star Christopher Guest and Michael McKean ("Lenny"), directed by Penny Marshall's ex-husband, Rob Reiner.

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Origin of Lenny and Squiggy

Michael McKean and David Lander, who created Lenny and Squiggy in college at Carnegie Mellon University, brought their characters to life on Laverne & Shirley, having initially developed them for skits in their comedy troupe, the Credibility Gap.

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Recycled Scripts

Laverne & Shirley reused scripts from Garry Marshall's 1966 failed sitcom Hey, Landlord!, with episodes like "Testing…One, Two" being revamped as "Guinea Pigs" with the same character, Dr. Sandor.

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Recycled Set

The set for Laverne and Shirley's garden apartment was repurposed from The Odd Couple's condo, with noticeable similarities in the entryways.

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Marshall Family Involvement

The Marshall family played significant roles in Laverne & Shirley's production, with Penny Marshall starring and directing, Garry Marshall creating and producing, sister Ronny Hallin casting, and father Anthony Marshall producing.

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Animated Spin-off

In the fall of 1981, Marshall and Williams voiced their characters in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon Laverne & Shirley in the Army, which featured surreal plots including aliens, werewolves, and a talking pig, Sgt. Squealy, voiced by Ron Palillo.