Bizarre television comedy with Robin Williams as Mork from Ork, who is an alien sent to Earth in an egg, to investigate Earth and report back to his superiors. As an outsider, Mork is unfamiliar with human customs and often questions some of the strange traditions that we take for granted. Much of the humor relies on Williams' unique comic voices and mannerisms. The show was perhaps most famous for Mork's greeting, 'Nanu Nanu.' Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Mork & Mindy: Mork Meets Robin Williams (1981) was suggested to Garry Marshall, after Robin Williams specifically requested it, which allowed Robin Williams to be himself and so viewers could get to know the real Robin Williams and Mork learning about the nature of fame on Earth. Two months prior to the broadcast, John Lennon was assassinated by a deranged fan and is mentioned by Mork as one of the celebrities whose lives had been destroyed by the pressures of fame, when Mork makes his weekly report to Orson, as each episode is nearing its conclusion, just before Closing Credits begin. See more »
MORK AND MINDY was hilarious during its first season, but the producers and the network got so full of themselves over it, they decided "let's improve on perfection!", and naturally, they destroyed the show doing so.
Season 2 was no longer the least bit funny, and season 3 with Jonathan Winters was so absurd (and actually tasteless if you think about it) that the series sank like a stone. None of the "new" supporting characters had any charisma, and the producers' "feel good" decision to start sermonizing to the viewers was as poor a decision as has ever been made in television.
Bottom line: Buy the first season on DVD and enjoy it. Pretend the rest of it didn't happen.
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