The Laverne & Shirley Quiz

By: J.P. Naomi
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About This Quiz

How much do you know about those zany girls from Milwaukee? Take this quiz to find out.

Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney, played by Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams, respectively, was one of the most successful "Happy Days" spinoffs. Right up there in popularity, the show was set in the same time period, and "Laverne and Shirley" were introduced to the world as friends of "Happy Days'" Fonzie. The Fonz even occasionally appeared on "Laverne and Shirley."

We know how Penny Marshall got her role as Laverne: she was the sister of the show's creator, Garry Marshall. But Cindy Williams was almost lost to her role as Shirley. Williams originally declined to play Shirley in the "Happy Days" spinoff, but she eventually came around. Thank goodness! We can't imagine the roles of these two engaging characters being played by anyone else.

Creator, Garry Marshall, was also known for his work directing "Pretty Woman" and Runaway Bride as well as bringing Neil Simon's play "The Odd Couple" to the small screen (yes, we mean television). Clearly, Marshall had a golden touch.

"Laverne and Shirley" ran for eight seasons and 178 episodes and remains a popular syndicated show today.

See if you can ace this "Laverne and Shirley" quiz.

Laverne & Shirley was a spin-off of which other American sitcom?

Laverne and Shirley were introduced on Happy Days as acquaintances of Fonzie.

What was Laverne's trademark on her shirts and sweaters?

"L" for Laverne of course! She was also known for wearing poodle skirts on the show.

Where was Laverne & Shirley set for the first five seasons?

This was the hometown of executive producer Thomas L. Miller.

"Give us any chance, we'll take it; read us any rule, we'll ______ it."

This is the first stanza of the theme song. It continues, "We're gonna make our dreams come true, doin' it our way!"

Who is Shirley's high school sweetheart and on-again-off-again boyfriend?

Carmine Ragusa was portrayed by Eddie Mekka, born Rudolph Edward Mekjian of Armenian parents in Worcester, Massachusetts.

What was Laverne's last name?

Laverne DeFazio was born of Italian immigrant parents.

Which actress played Laverne DeFazio?

Penny Marshall appeared in all 178 episodes of Laverne & Shirley.

Which actress played Shirley Feeney?

Cindy Williams, now in her 70s, published a memoir in 2015 titled "Shirley, I Jest!"

Who was Lenny's childhood friend and roommate?

Squiggy worked and lived with Lenny above Laverne & Shirley.

What was Shirley's last name?

Shirley Feeney is the more perky and positive one of the duo!

What is the name of the theme song of Laverne & Shirley?

"Making Our Dreams Come True was performed by Cyndi Grecco. This was her one-hit wonder.

For how many seasons did Laverne & Shirley run?

Laverne & Shirley ran for a total of 178 episodes over 8 seasons!

Up to which number do Laverne & Shirley count in the opening of the theme song?

"One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight; shlemiel, schlemazel, hasenpfeffer incorporated; we're gonna do it!"

On which American network did Laverne & Shirley air for its entirety?

Around the same time on ABC was also Charlie's Angels and Three's Company.

When did Laverne & Shirley premiere?

Laverne & Shirley premiered on January 27, 1976!

In the fifth season, to where do Laverne, Shirley and their friends move?

Burbank is located 12 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles, California.

In which decade is Laverne & Shirley set?

Laverne & Shirley was set beginning in about 1958 and with each new season, another year passed. By the time the show ended it was about 1967.

Who is Laverne & Shirley's upstairs neighbor?

His full name is Leonard "Lenny" Kosnowski.

Laverne is known for being a ________.

Lavern is a tough-talking girl who grew up in Brooklyn.

Who runs the Pizza Bowl?

Frank DeFazio is played by Phil Foster. He died on July 8, 1985 at the age of 73.

What was Squiggy's real first name?

Squiggy was portrayed by actor David Lander. He appeared in 156 of the 178 episodes.

What is Squiggy's trademark entrance into most of his scenes?

He says "Hello!" in a comical voice.

Carmine is a part-time boxer and former ________ champion.

Golden Gloves is amateur boxing competition in the United States.

What is Frank DeFazio's pet name for his daughter?

Laverne's father loves her very much and shows much protection over Shirley as well.

Which male cast member is a big dancer and singer who aspires to be on Broadway?

In the final episode of the series, Carmine finally lands a major role in a musical on Broadway - Hair.

Who is Laverne & Shirley's neighbor - tall, blonde and a bit ditzy?

Rhonda Lee becomes a regular character on the show after they move to Burbank, often bursting into their apartment unannounced.

What is the name of Laverne & Shirley's landlord in Burbank?

Sonny St. Jacques is a stuntman, tall, handsome and muscular, often seen with his shirt off or open!

Who does Laverne's father marry?

Edna Babish DeFazio was a 5-time divorced landlady. She was written out of the show for its final seasons as having left Frank!

What was the name of the animated spin-off of Laverne & Shirley?

This was a 30-minute Saturday morning series featuring the voices of Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams. It aired for one season only.

Who's nickname was Big....

Big Rosie Greenbaum was Laverne & Shirley's childhood nemesis.

Which character drinks Pepsi and milk?

Penny Marshall said this was a real-life favorite concoction of hers!

When they move to Burbank, where do the girls get jobs?

They worked at a department store while Frank and Edna managed a Texas BBQ restaurant.

Who does Shirley develop a huge fan crush on?

Fabiano Anthony Forte was an American singer and actor who became a teen idol in the late 50s and early 60s.

Which cast member became pregnant left the show in 1982?

Cindy Williams wanted Paramount to accommodate a list of demands related to her pregnancy and childbirth. When they declined, she filed a $20 million lawsuit against them which they settled out of court. Williams was released from her contract and written out of the show.

Whose boyfriend is killed while fighting an apartment blaze in Milwaukee?

Laverne's boyfriend Randy Carpenter was a MIlkwaukee firefighter. He was played by actor Ted Danson!

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