Laverne & Shirley (season 4)

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Laverne & Shirley (season 4)
Laverne & Shirley Season 4 Box Art.jpg
DVD cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original network ABC
Original release September 5, 1978 (1978-09-05) – May 15, 1979 (1979-05-15)
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List of Laverne & Shirley episodes

The fourth season of Laverne & Shirley, an American television sitcom series, began airing on September 5, 1978 on ABC. The season concluded on May 15, 1979 after 24 episodes.

The season aired Tuesdays at 8:30-9:00 pm (EST).[1][2] It ranked 1st among television programs and garnered a 30.5 rating.[3] The entire season was released on DVD in North America on April 22, 2008.


The series revolves around the titular characters Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney, bottle-cappers at Shotz Brewery in 1950s Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Episode plots include their adventures with neighbors and friends, Lenny and Squiggy.



Guest Starring[edit]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
63/641/2"The Festival"Alan MyersonPaula A. Roth & Marc SotkinSeptember 5, 1978 (1978-09-05)
The girls go to New York with Frank and Edna to visit Laverne’s grandmother for an Italian festival.
653"Playing the Roxy"Joel ZwickPaul B. Price & Stephen NathanSeptember 19, 1978 (1978-09-19)
After taking a nasty fall, Shirley thinks she's a stripper named Roxy.
664"The Robbery"Howard StormMarc SotkinSeptember 26, 1978 (1978-09-26)
Laverne hooks up with a tough guy who turns out to be a robber.
675"The Quiz Show"Howard StormMonica JohnsonOctober 10, 1978 (1978-10-10)
The girls choose between an oven and a "luxury" prize when they win on a quiz show.
686"Laverne and Shirley Go to Night School"Lowell GanzMarc SotkinOctober 17, 1978 (1978-10-17)
Shirley talks Laverne into going to night school with her.
697"Date with Eraserhead"Ray DeVally, Jr.Judy PioliOctober 24, 1978 (1978-10-24)
Shirley dates a creep known as "Eraserhead" to get back at Carmine for cheating on her.
708"The Bully Show"Dennis KleinChris ThompsonOctober 31, 1978 (1978-10-31)
A foreman tries to ask Laverne out.
719"A Visit to the Cemetery"Dennis KleinDeborah Leschin & David W. DuclonNovember 14, 1978 (1978-11-14)
Laverne struggles to cope with her mother's death.
7210"Chorus Line"Joel ZwickMarc SotkinNovember 21, 1978 (1978-11-21)
Laverne auditions for West Side Story.
7311"Laverne and Shirley Move In"Joel ZwickPaula A. RothNovember 28, 1978 (1978-11-28)
Shirley remembers when she and Laverne became roommates.
7412"Dinner for Four"Ray DeVally, Jr.Al AidekmanDecember 5, 1978 (1978-12-05)
The girls fix dinner for two guys who find dates with two other girls.
7513"It's a Dog's Life"Joel ZwickJudy PioliDecember 12, 1978 (1978-12-12)
Shirley handcuffs herself to a dog in protest of the animal's scheduled death at the pound.
7614"O, Come All Ye Bums"Joel ZwickPaul B. Price & Stephen NathanDecember 19, 1978 (1978-12-19)
The girls raise funds to get Christmas dinner for the homeless.
7715"Who's Papa?"Maurice Bar-DavidTeleplay by: Al Aidekman
Story by: Zoey Wilson & Al Aidekman
January 16, 1979 (1979-01-16)
Shirley hatches a plan to find out if she's really adopted.
7816"The Third Annual Shotz Talent Show"Joel ZwickPaul B. Price & Stephen NathanJanuary 30, 1979 (1979-01-30)
Lenny and Squiggy direct the talent show, in which the girls become puppeteers.
7917"Supermarket Sweep"Joel ZwickRon LeavittFebruary 6, 1979 (1979-02-06)
Laverne is given everyone's shopping list when she wins a supermarket spree.
8018"Lenny's Crush"Carl GottliebJudy PioliFebruary 13, 1979 (1979-02-13)
Lenny develops a crush on Laverne.
8119"Fire Show"Joel ZwickJeff FranklinFebruary 20, 1979 (1979-02-20)
When the apartment catches fire, one of the firemen woos Laverne.
8220"Squiggy in Love"Penny MarshallBarry RubinowitzFebruary 27, 1979 (1979-02-27)
Squiggy is unaware that his dream girl is using him.
8321"The Feminine Mistake"Joel ZwickChris ThompsonMarch 6, 1979 (1979-03-06)
Shirley gives Laverne advice on femininity to impress a man who thinks of her as "one of the boys".
8422"The Tenants Are Revolting"Joel ZwickRob HarrisMarch 13, 1979 (1979-03-13)
A building inspector pressures Edna into making repairs.
8523"There's a Spy in My Beer"Joel ZwickJulie MishkinMay 8, 1979 (1979-05-08)
Laverne tries to convince everyone that a spy is in the brewery.
8624"Shirley and the Older Man"Joel ZwickBarry RubinowitzMay 15, 1979 (1979-05-15)
Carmine believes that Shirley is dating a sugar daddy, as does the man's daughter.


  1. ^ TV Listings for September 5, 1978
  2. ^ TV Listings for May 15, 1979
  3. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (Ninth Edition). Ballantine Books. p. 1687-1690. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.