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Mork & Mindy

Date October 08, 2008
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Mork & Mindy is a science fiction sitcom that aired on ABC from 1978 until 1982 that starred Robin Williams as Mork, an alien who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man egg-shaped spaceship. Pam Dawber co-starred as Mindy McConnell, his human friend and roommate. In 1997, the episode "Mork's Mixed Emotions" was ranked #94 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time list.
Children who love Robin Williams as the voice of Aladdin or as Mrs. Doubtfire will get a blast out of the show that blasted him into the stratosphere, and made "Nanoo, Nanoo" a national catch-phrase. Mork & Mindy, a spin-off of a season 5 Happy Days episode, was a tailor-made star vehicle for Williams, who won a Golden Globe for this inaugural 1978 season. The role of extraterrestrial Mork from Ork gave free reign to Williams's stream-of-consciousness riffing as Mork observed life on Earth and reported back to his leader, Orson, on all that he learned about friendship, love, family, and emotions. As Mindy, the down-to-Earth Boulder, Colorado, girl who takes the stranded alien under her roof, fresh-faced Pam Dawber does her best to keep up. When Williams is really in the (Twilight?) zone, it's not acting: she does seem like she's dealing with someone from another planet.

Mork & Mindy Cast

A rememberable episode is "Mork's Mixed Emotions," a tour-de-force that TV Guide ranked among the top 100 TV episodes of all time (#94, to be exact). Mork believes that emotions are bad, and tries to lock them inside himself, but they are unleashed in a lusty, happy, weepy, angry, envious torrent. Helping to launch Williams as a primetime player in the series pilot are Henry Winkler and Penny Marshall in their iconic roles as the Fonz and Laverne. Another notable guest star in season 1 is David Letterman as an abusive EST-like guru in "Mork Goes Erk." Mork & Mindy rapidly jumped the shark, and much of the '70s sitcom trappings have not aged well, but this first season is a giddy time capsule record of Williams at his most spontaneous and out of this world. Shazbot--the set contains no extras.

Cast & Characters

  • Robin Williams as Mork
  • Pam Dawber as Mindy Beth McConnell
  • Conrad Janis as Frederick McConnell (1978-1979, 1980-1982)
  • Elizabeth Kerr as Cora Hudson (1978-1979, 1981-1982)
  • Jeffrey Jacquet as Eugene (1978-1979)
  • Ralph James as Orson (voice only)
  • Tom Poston as Franklin Delano Bickley
  • Jay Thomas as Remo DaVinci (1979-1981)
  • Gina Hecht as Jean DaVinci (1979-1981)
  • Jim Staahl as Nelson Flavor (1979-1981)
  • Robert Donner as Exidor
  • Crissy Wilzak as Glenda Faye "Crissy" Comstock (1980-1981)
  • Foster Brooks as Mr. Miles Sternhagen (1981)
  • Jonathan Winters as Mearth (1981-1982)

Broadcast History

Mork & Mindy First Telecast: September 14, 1978
Last Telecast: May 27, 1982
Original Network:  ABC
Number of Seasons: 4
Number of Episodes: 95
Original Primetime TV Schedule:
  • September 1978- August 1979, ABC, Thursday 8:00-8:30pm
  • August 1979- December 1979, ABC, Sunday 8:00-8:30pm
  • January 1980- February 1982, ABC, Thursday 8:00-8:30pm
  • April 1982- May 1982, ABC, Thursday 8:30-9:00pm

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