Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat chronicles the antics and adventures of two roommates who couldn’t be more different, in the tradition of sitcoms like The Odd Couple and Laverne & Shirley. Now the stars of Laverne & Shirley are set to reunite on the Nickelodeon show — Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams taped a guest appearance last week.
The above photo is an EW exclusive peek at the celebrated comedy actresses with Sam & Cat stars Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande.
In this episode, Sam and Cat are ordered to rename their babysitting business because the name sounds too similar to Salmon Cat, a TV show Marshall and Williams’ characters created. The girls track down the show’s creators, attempting to resolve their three decades-long feud and to get the rights to use their names for their business.
The episode marks the first time in over 30 years that Williams and Marshall have worked together on a scripted program. Laverne & Shirley, a spin-off of Happy Days, ran for eight seasons, beginning in 1976.
McCurdy, who plays Sam, told EW she watched reruns of Laverne & Shirley on TV Land when she was about 8 years old. She recalled loving Laverne’s tough attitude — a brazen demeanor that is a lot like Sam’s.
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