The legendary television show Laverne & Shirley
, like Happy Days
(the program it was spun off from) and Mork & Mindy
spin-off!), has been "stalled" on DVD since 2008 (well, 2007 in Mork's case) because of a combination of lower-than-needed sales on the most recent releases and too-high production costs, especially when you combine the price of cleaning/remastering the episodes with the music costs on these shows. But CBS/Paramount has found a way to make the numbers work out on one of the three programs named above, and so they've announced that on April 10th
they will finally put out Laverne & Shirley - The 5th Season
Set in the 1950s, this half-hour situation comedy revolved around the friendship between bright-eyed, naive and demure Shirley Feeney and brassy, tough-talking, street smart Laverne De Fazio. Two bottle cappers for Shotz Brewery, the duo dated an array of questionable men, tolerated their dippy, loony neighbors Lenny and Squiggy, and forever pursued to "make all their dreams come true."
This is the final season that's set in Milwaukee, before the sixth-season move to Burbank, California. Besides regulars Laverne, Shirley, Lenny, Squiggy, Carmine ("The Big Ragoo"), Frank and Edna, you'll also see guess stars like Ron Howard as "Richie Cunningham," Henry Winkler as "Fonzie," Susan Kellermann, Ed Begley Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Elizabeth Daily, Michele Greene, Vicki Lawrence, Julie Payne, W.G. "Snuffy" Walden (better known in TV circles as the music composer on shows like thirtysomething, Friday Night Lights, The West Wing
and many more, he appears here as a member of Squiggy's "The Squigtones"!), Ted Danson, Scatman Crothers, Roger C. Carmel, Wilfred Hyde-White, Conrad Janis, Charlene Tilton, singer Julius LaRosa (as himself) and Pat Morita. This 653-minute set from the 1979-80 production year includes the fan-beloved double-tength episode "We're In The Army Now," which served as a springboard for the 1981 Saturday morning Hanna-Barbera cartoon series "Laverne & Shirley In The Army
" (nope; no word on a DVD release of that show, either!).
Here's the package art for the long-awaited DVD release of Laverne & Shirley - The 5th Season
Be sure to also see our news post
from later in the same day, which informs you about the bonus material included on this 4-DVD set!