Because of the very popular response they got as temporary characters on Happy Days, Garry Marshall, writer Mark Rothman, and ABC quickly put together a series for Laverne and Shirley. The program debuted this day in 1976. Truly a rarity, because of all the hype and buzz from Happy Days, the series (a true rarity) debuted at #1 in the ratings, and lasted until 1983 (despite quite a bit of much publicized turmoil behind the scenes). The show's theme song by Cyndi Grecco also became a hit. Have a milk and Pepsi, and see and hear it again below.

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