Laverne And Shirley - The Final Season
The over-used cliché of all good things having to come to an end really does come into play with the DVD release of "Laverne & Shirley: The Final Season." Paramount's 3-disc set will satisfy long-time fans of the misadventures of two mismatched women in the 1950's and 1960's, even if these 22 episodes are a bit off-the-wall.
Shirley (Cindy Williams) gets ousted early on, and by the third episode of this, the eighth season, her likeness is removed from the opening credits and Laverne (Penny Marshall) is left on her own. It's unfortunate, because in the opening two episodes, "The Mummy's Bride" and "Window on Main Street," Marshall and Williams still inspire comedic pitch-perfect timing. Suddenly Shirley is married and with child, and gets whisked off overseas, leaving Laverne to act off of various guest stars, Carmine (Eddie Mekka), Squiggy (David Lander) and her stubborn father (Phil Foster). The character of Lenny appears in only a handful of episodes.
The standout character in "Laverne & Shirley: The Final Season" is without a doubt Rhonda (Leslie Easterbrook), the oversexed, ditzy neighbor who constantly speaks in the third person. But the show just wasn't the same without Williams, although Ms. Marshall carried on like a trooper. It's apparent from watching these sometimes painful episodes that she just couldn't carry the show alone.
Episode promos appear at the beginning of most shows but as special features go, one wishes there would be a retrospective of some kind. A very brief gag reel can be watched too, but none of it features Cindy Williams.
"Laverne & Shirley: The Final Season"