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View Poll Results: Boned When...
Laverne without Shirley - Shirley leaves the show 11 35.48%
Moved to California - Show missed the working class edge 17 54.84%
Day 1 1 3.23%
"The Big Ragu" - The singing, dancing tough guy....OK 0 0%
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Old 10-03-2015, 08:28 AM   #16
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Shirley and Carmine were meant to be.
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Old 10-03-2015, 11:49 AM   #17
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Shirley and Carmine were meant to be.

YES!!!! Shirley, who was my favorite, although I loved Laverne too, was actually the shallow one, looking back now on the old episodes. Laverne was written as sort of the 'shallow' roommate, always chasing men, and just out for a good time. She was in the here and now. Shirley was painted as the prim and proper type, the one who always did good. The one who always was in search of an everlasting 'love'. Laverne, looking back, was the deeper person of the two. She saw into peoples' hearts. Shirley was always looking for that one 'type' of man...namely, a doctor. She was always wanting to find a 'better class' of man, yet, every time she thought she found a higher society man, they were usually the sleaziest. She had her true love right under her nose the whole time...Carmine. Carmine was ALWAYS there for her. I think Shirley, deep down, knew this, and did love Carmine. However, she was raised with the deep sense of finding someone 'better'. To Shirley's mother, rich and 'classy' men were 'better'. Shirley fought that all her life. In the end, she got what she 'wanted'. She let a good man get away. Having said all this, Shirley is still my favorite, though I LOVE LOVE LOVE Laverne too.
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Laverne And Shirley boned the fish when they moved to California. The Milwaukee years of the show (1-5) are the best
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Laverne And Shirley boned the fish when they moved to California. The Milwaukee years of the show (1-5) are the best
ITA. When they moved to California, it just wasn't the same.
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Old 08-05-2016, 11:08 AM   #20
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ITA. When they moved to California, it just wasn't the same.


The California years are not bad, they just aren't good as the Milwaukee years. What really ruined the show for me was when Cindy Williams and Michael McKean bailed and left the show. That's when I seriously quit watching it
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When Shirley left, most specifically, when she married an unknown person, rather than Carmine. They should have had her marry Carmine.


That would have been great if they got married!


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Moving to California was a mistake. The idea wasn't in and of itself bad, it was the execution of the idea. I think adding the stuntman and Rhonda characters did nothing to help the show. AND, I think Big Rosie should have moved with them. Why she wasn't featured more was a shame.
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when they moved to Calif. and half the town moved with them

Because that happens all the time in real life.

Once they left Milwaukee, it was never the same.

The working class midwestern town suited the characters. Once they moved to California, they were just two dizzy girls who were starstruck.
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It just seems like a rite-of-passage for any TV show that lasts more than about four seasons to Jump The Shark. Usually, the characters just change before half a decade is over . It is essentially the right amount of time for things to get different just like in real life.
People get older, they move , they think differently about their friends etc.
Often for TV characters they change too much and are not the individuals who everyone liked or loved at the beginning
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I probably might get razzed for this viewpoint, but I think there were really four stages of when it jumped the shark, in this order...

1. Timeslot Musical Chairs in Season 5
2. Move to California after Season 5
3. Betty Garrett (Edna) leaving at the end of Season 6
4. Cindy Williams (Shirley) leaving early in Season 8

Granted, I don't think it should have gone to Stage 4 and wiser minds should have let Season 7 be the final season.
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