Laverne & Shirley (season 3)

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Laverne & Shirley
Season 3
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original network ABC
Original releaseSeptember 20, 1977 (1977-09-20) 
May 30, 1978 (1978-05-30)
Season chronology
Season 2
Season 4
List of Laverne & Shirley episodes

The third season of Laverne & Shirley , an American television sitcom series, began airing on September 20, 1977 on ABC. The season concluded on May 30, 1978 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 31.6 rating. [3] The entire season was released on DVD in North America on November 27, 2007.


The season revolves around the titular characters Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney, bottle-cappers at Shotz Brewery between 1959 and 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Episode plots include their adventures with neighbors and friends, Lenny and Squiggy.




No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
391"Airport '59" Alan Rafkin Chris Thompson September 20, 1977 (1977-09-20)
The girls' first plane trip nearly turns disastrous until Laverne takes the controls.
402"Tag Team Wrestling"Alan RafkinMarc SotkinSeptember 27, 1977 (1977-09-27)
Laverne wrestles with an Amazonian in tag-team wrestling for charity.
413"The Pact"Alan RafkinYvette Weinberger & Mike WeinbergerOctober 4, 1977 (1977-10-04)
A spoiled playboy woos the girls, leading to a pact in which they swear to never let a guy come between them again.
424"Robot Lawsuit"Alan RafkinJudy PioliOctober 25, 1977 (1977-10-25)
A shyster persuades Laverne to sue a toy store where she was attacked by a robot.
435"Laverne's Arranged Marriage"Alan RafkinEmily MarshallNovember 1, 1977 (1977-11-01)
Frank arranges for Laverne to marry a mozzarella tycoon's nephew.
44–456–7"The Cruise"Alan RafkinChris Thompson & Babaloo Mandel & Barry LangeNovember 8, 1977 (1977-11-08)
The girls sell children's shoes to earn money for a cruise. Later on an ensign woos Shirley on the cruise to the Great Lakes.
468"Laverne and Shirley Meet Fabian"Alan RafkinPaula A. RothNovember 22, 1977 (1977-11-22)
Unable to obtain tickets to a Fabian concert, the girls pose as French waitresses in his hotel in hopes that they can meet the teen idol.
479"The Stakeout"Alan RafkinBarry RubinowitzNovember 29, 1977 (1977-11-29)
The FBI uses the girls' apartment to stake out counterfeiters, one of whom may be Carmine.
4810"Shirley's Operation"Alan RafkinDavid W. DuclonDecember 6, 1977 (1977-12-06)
Shirley is in the hospital for a minor operation and runs out in a panic, leading her friends - dressed up for a production of Alice in Wonderland - to track her down.
4911"Take My Plants, Please"Alan RafkinMarc SotkinDecember 13, 1977 (1977-12-13)
When the girls are laid off again, they start a plant business that doesn't exactly blossom.
5012"New Year's Eve 1960"Alan RafkinMarc SotkinDecember 27, 1977 (1977-12-27)
On New Year's Eve, Laverne's date dumps her and Shirley comes down with a New Year's Eve cold.
5113"The Mortician"Alan RafkinLaura LevineJanuary 10, 1978 (1978-01-10)
To get the attention of a handsome mortician, Laverne claims that Shirley is knocking on death's door.
5214"The Horse Show"Alan RafkinJudy PioliJanuary 17, 1978 (1978-01-17)
Shirley rescues a horse from the glue factory and brings it home.
5315"The Slow Child"Alan RafkinDan E. WeisburdJanuary 24, 1978 (1978-01-24)
Edna leaves her disabled daughter in the girls' care, but the child disappears with Lenny.
5416"The Second Almost Annual Shotz Talent Show"Alan RafkinPaula A. RothJanuary 31, 1978 (1978-01-31)
The girls are put in charge of the talent show and face the task of finding a place for Mr. Shotz's talentless son.
5517"The Dentist"Alan RafkinBabaloo MandelFebruary 7, 1978 (1978-02-07)
Shirley's dim-witted dentist cousin tries to fix Laverne's broken tooth.
5618"Bus Stop"Alan RafkinBarry RubinowitzFebruary 14, 1978 (1978-02-14)
The girls take a bus to a city where they plan to rendezvous with students, but are left stranded when the boys run out on them.
5719"The Driving Test"Alan RafkinChris ThompsonFebruary 21, 1978 (1978-02-21)
Squiggy must pass a driving test in order to keep his job.
5820"The Obstacle Course"Alan RafkinArthur SilverFebruary 28, 1978 (1978-02-28)
Shirley goes through a police obstacle course in order to prove her mettle.
5921"The Debutante Ball"Alan RafkinPaula A. Roth & Judy PioliMay 9, 1978 (1978-05-09)
Lenny invites Laverne to a royal ball when he learns he's 89th in line to take the Polish throne.
6022"2001: A Comedy Odyssey"Ray DeVally, Jr.Chris Thompson & Marc SotkinMay 16, 1978 (1978-05-16)
Laverne dreams that she and Shirley are in their 80s and still without significant others.
6123"The Dance Studio"Ray DeVally, Jr.Nicholas DeMarcoMay 23, 1978 (1978-05-23)
The girls try to help Carmine get a loan for a dance studio.
6224"Breaking Up and Making Up"Alan RafkinPhil Foster & Marion ZolaMay 30, 1978 (1978-05-30)
Edna is visited by her ex-husband, which made Frank jealous. This causes for Frank and Edna to end their relationship. Will Laverne and Shirley get Frank and Edna back together? Or will Frank and Edna end up being sad and alone forever?

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  1. TV Listings for September 20, 1977
  2. TV Listings for May 30, 1978
  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.