Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Laverne & Shirley: Behind the Scenes


On this day in 1983, the classic Happy Days spinoff aired its final episode. A rare case of a program that surpassed the show it spun off from, there was a time when it was truly 'must see TV'. A spinoff cartoon was commissioned that placed the girls in the army. Unlike other cartoons of the time, the animated Laverne and Shirley actually featured the voices of the original actresses.


The show was so popular, it even spawned a record album.


Despite its initial success, the show flamed out early, in part due to the infighting on the show. Producers originally planned to end things after five seasons, but eked out two more seasons at the urging of ABC.