Laverne & Shirley

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Name: Laverne & Shirley
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Creator: Lowell Ganz, Garry Marshall, Mark Rothman
Date(s): 1976-1983
Medium: television
Country of Origin: USA
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Laverne & Shirley was a spin-off of Happy Days.

from "The Making of South Trek," an article by Nancy Clarke, published in Canektion #2, Mr. Spock, and Lt. Laverne and Lt. Shirley

The show focuses on Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney, two friends and roommates who work as bottle-cappers in the fictitious Shotz Brewery in late 1950s Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Fanworks about this show are very scarce.

In September 2000, there were 71 "Laverne & Shirley" fics at FanFiction.Net. [1]

In October 2019, there were 50 "Laverne & Shirley" fics at Archive of Our Own.

Fan Comments

Some fans use this show, along with Cagney & Lacey, as examples of the lack of female friendships and relationships offered on the screen, as well as its general quality.

From a fan in 1977:
What is there now-a-days to inspire a fandom? Plastic worthless blaah. "Laverne and Shirley" won't have any conventions or fanzines, ever. [2]
A fan in 1980 wrote:
One reason is that we don't value female friendship because our culture teaches us to devalue everything women have (except physical items depersonalized into icons). Pop culture merely reflects this. There are plenty of idealized male-male friendships on TV, but what female-female friendships do we see? Laverne and Shirley, some ideal! [3]
Another fan in 1980 also wanted to know why there were so few shows that focused on women:
[Why so few] woman relationship stories? Would we as a woman’s fan group watch them or are we only geared to watching men? The only woman’s relationship show seems to be "Laverne and Shirley." I don’t watch it because it is to me, too silly." [4]

References

  1. ^ Fanfiction.net Statistics, Archived version which includes: Fanfiction.net Statistics Tables: 2000, Archived version
  2. ^ from The World of Dark Shadows #13 (October 1977)
  3. ^ comments by Leslie Fish in Feminism (Or the Lack of It) in Trek-Lit
  4. ^ from S and H #9