Laverne & Shirley (season 4)

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Laverne & Shirley
Season 4
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes24
Original network ABC
Original releaseSeptember 5, 1978 (1978-09-05) 
May 15, 1979 (1979-05-15)
Season chronology
Season 3
Season 5
List of Laverne & Shirley episodes

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


The season was broadcast on Tuesdays at 8:30-9:00 pm (EST). [1] [2] It ranked first among television programs and had 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 their neighbors and friends, Lenny and Squiggy.



Guest starring


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
63–641–2"The Festival" Alan Myerson Paula 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 Zwick Paul B. Price & Stephen NathanSeptember 19, 1978 (1978-09-19)
After taking a nasty fall, Shirley thinks she is a stripper named Roxy.
664"The Robbery" Howard Storm Marc 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 Ganz Marc 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 Klein Chris Thompson October 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 at 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 provide Christmas dinner for the homeless.
7715"Who's Papa?"Maurice Bar-DavidStory by: Zoey Wilson & Al Aidekman
Teleplay by: Al Aidekman
January 16, 1979 (1979-01-16)
Shirley hatches a plan to find out if she is 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 Zwick Ron Leavitt February 6, 1979 (1979-02-06)
Laverne is given everyone's shopping list when she wins a supermarket spree.
8018"Lenny's Crush" Carl Gottlieb Judy PioliFebruary 13, 1979 (1979-02-13)
Lenny develops a crush on Laverne.
8119"Fire Show"Joel Zwick Jeff Franklin February 20, 1979 (1979-02-20)
When the apartment catches fire, one of the firemen woos Laverne.
8220"Squiggy in Love" Penny Marshall Barry 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.

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  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 (9th edition). Ballantine Books. p. 1687-1690. ISBN   978-0-345-49773-4.