It’s easy to dismiss “Laverne & Shirley,” which debuted as the No. 1 series on television, as hectic fluff, a Lucy-and-Ethel knockoff, especially given its later, decadent seasons. But at its best, there is something surprisingly natural in its staging and performance, a blue-collar comedy whose characters seem, most of them, much of the time — I make exception, of course, for the farcical two stooges, Michael McKean’s Lenny and David L. Lander’s Squiggy — pretty real. That Bronx accent was all Marshall’s.
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