Laverne & Shirley : This show did not age well.

This show did not age well.

The show is on a channel called The Hub. The episode on this morning was supposed to be reunion for the class of '56. But they mention only 4 yrs have passed. Who gets together at 4 yrs? Five yes. But the worse part was trying to believe they were in high school only 4 short yrs ago. Penny Marshall & the rest of the cast looked their real ages. Marshall was 33 st the time the episode aired. Old enough to actually have a child high school age! The episode was not funny at all. The show is painful to watch now.

Just for the record, I'm not a Dude, I'm a Dudette!

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That same episode mentioned that Shirley had several reunions within just the few years since they had graduated.
Adults often portrayed teenagers in those years. The time when 6 year olds became producers and 12 year olds went to rehab came later.

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Cindy Williams as Shirley didn't look that bad but Penny Marshall as LaVerne definitely looked 30+. Far too old to pass for someone in her early 20's. Fonzie also looked to old to be dating girls in high school on Happy Days. Yes plenty of shows have adults playing teens but they usually don't look as old as these people did!

Just for the record, I'm not a Dude, I'm a Dudette!

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It was geared towards children so that helped. When I watched as a child, the ones older than me just seemed older. I didn't nitpick as to which one looked older than the other. I can see the differences now when I look back but then it didn't matter.

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I still enjoy it. Most people that were older than you were when you were a child will always look older than their age to you and most younger will always look younger to you. it's all relative.

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I am not surprised that a show from the '70s and '80s that took place in the '50s and '60s did not age well. Does nostalgia ever age well?

Penny Marshall had the body of a young woman. But with all due respect, her face showed her age.

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The fact that she was nearly 5 years older than her costars didn't help. IMO, the age difference became more apparent as the show progressed.

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When I was a kid I loved it. Today, I can't watch the show. I loved Lenny and Squiggy back in the day. Today, I find them totally annoying, not the least bit funny. I don't think the show aged well for fans who watched during it's original run.

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Awesome episode as always. You are a Debbie Downer mojo. Let the rest of us enjoy these terrific shows.

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Penny Marshall was only twenty years old when she gave birth to her daughter so she did have a teenage daughter when she was 33.

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I disagree with the OP. I think the first three or four seasons have aged VERY well. And the fact that the show was a period piece to begin with has added to its timelessness. It's only later on, when they moved, adopted 80s hairstyles, etc, that the episodes seem more dated.

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If that's the case, the show seemed more dated in the earlier seasons due to adopting 60s hairstyles, etc.
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