Which television show’s theme song included the words “Schlemiel! Schlimazel!”?
– Mork & Mindy
– The Odd Couple
– Laverne & Shirley
– The Facts of Life
Answer: Ever wonder about the origin of Laverne and Shirley’s opening catch phrase: “Schlemiel! Schlimazel!”? In her memoir, Penny Marshall explained that it was a Yiddish song from her childhood that she and her friends would sing on their way to school. A Schlemiel is an inept clumsy person and a Schlimazel is a very unlucky person. The difference between a schlemiel and a schlimazel is described through the aphorism, “A schlemiel is somebody who often spills his soup and a schlimazel is the person it lands on”.
Laverne & Shirley
Best friends, roommates and polar opposites Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney work together at the Shotz Brewery in Milwaukee and keep each other’s spirits up at home for the show’s first several seasons. But after losing their jobs at Shotz, the pair moves to Burbank, Calif., in season six to get a fresh start and hope to break into the movie business. Many of their friends and family, inspired by the women, move to California with them, though they make some new friends as well, including Sonny the stuntman and Rhonda, a model.
First episode date: 27 January 1976
Final episode date: 10 May 1983
Theme song: Making Our Dreams Come True
Predecessor: Happy Days