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View Poll Results: Boned When...
Laverne without Shirley - Shirley leaves the show 12 37.50%
Moved to California - Show missed the working class edge 17 53.13%
Day 1 1 3.13%
"The Big Ragu" - The singing, dancing tough guy....OK 0 0%
Never Boned 2 6.25%
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Definitely the move to California. Laverne and Shirley were too old by then to be so silly and starstruck, and especially to act like they were in love with the Beatles. They were of the Dion and Elvis era, by the time the Beatles exploded onto the scene most women Laverne and Shirley's age had moved on from that sort of thing and were married with kids.

It might not have worked any better to keep them in Milwaukee and have Shirley marry Carmine and Laverne marry some Italian American truck driver type, but it couldn't have been any worse. Rhonda and Sonny added nothing to the show and Lenny and Squiggy in LA was just an awkward, fish out of water scenario.

Like others here have stated, I think Shirley and Carmine belonged together. I used to hate the Milwaukee episodes where one or both of them were dating someone else, it felt so sad, like you wanted to shake them and yell, "What are you doing?? Don't you see that "the One" is right here under your nose?!" Eddie Mekka and Cindy Williams had great chemistry, and they would have had cute, albeit short, kids.
Keep in mind also that in real life, Penny Marshall was zeroing in on her 40s around the time they moved L&S to California. These were not young twenty-something women anymore.
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Definitely the move to California. Laverne and Shirley were too old by then to be so silly and starstruck, and especially to act like they were in love with the Beatles. They were of the Dion and Elvis era, by the time the Beatles exploded onto the scene most women Laverne and Shirley's age had moved on from that sort of thing and were married with kids.

Yes and yet, TV is filled with depictions of "older women" being starstruck.
I can recall a few Lucille Ball episodes in which she was star struck at some celebrity.
Also, I know I am referring to a cartoon, but Betty Rubble and Wilma Flintstone were starstruck even though they were grown married women, and there was an episode in which they went to a TV studio and talked about how wonderful it would be to work at a place with so many celebrities. And I recall a skit on The Donny and Marie show in which Anne Meara was a woman no younger than about 40 who came upon Donny and Marie Osmond on the street and told them that she wanted them to bite a broomstick she happened to have with her so she can have their teeth marks on it as a souvenir.
I think there was one episode in which Lucille Ball was starstruck at Chuck Conners and and another episode she was starstruck at Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
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