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Mork & Mindy 

A wacky alien comes to Earth to study its residents and the life of the human woman he boards with is never the same.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Robin Williams ...  Mork / ... 94 episodes, 1978-1982
Pam Dawber ...  Mindy McConnell / ... 94 episodes, 1978-1982
Ralph James Ralph James ...  Orson 83 episodes, 1978-1982
Conrad Janis ...  Fred McConnell 70 episodes, 1978-1982
Tom Poston ...  Mr. Bickley 54 episodes, 1979-1981
Jay Thomas ...  Remo DaVinci 46 episodes, 1979-1981
Gina Hecht ...  Jean DaVinci 45 episodes, 1979-1981
Jim Staahl ...  Nelson Flavor 42 episodes, 1979-1981
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Storyline

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>

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Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi

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USA

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English

Release Date:

14 September 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mork & Mindy See more »

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Runtime:

(95 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Pam Dawber did not personally audition for the role of Mindy. To sell the show to the network, producer, Garry Marshall edited clips together of Dawber's performance from a failed ABC series of "Sister Terri," with existing footage of Robin Williams', two earlier guest-appearances as Mork on Happy Days (1974), of Happy Days: My Favorite Orkan (1978) & Happy Days: Mork Returns (1979). ABC was sold on the idea and the show was picked up. Dawber learned she had been cast in the series via industry trade paper, "Variety." It came to Pam Dawber as an expected surprise. See more »

Quotes

Franklin Delano Bickley: That's diddly, he's just going out of town, I'm going out of business. I used to be the best greeting card writer around. I can't work any more.
Mindy McConnell: Oh, come on, we don't make that much noise.
Franklin Delano Bickley: I know, I was blaming it on you but it's time i faced it. I've lost it.
Mork: We could form a posse and find it if you want.
Franklin Delano Bickley: No, it's no use. They say your sympathy is the first thing to go. I used to be able to get tears out of a coat rack. Not any more.
[pulls a card from his pocket]
Franklin Delano Bickley: Listen to this. "Your pet ...
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits of season 2, 3 and 4, the "o" in the word "Mork" is the shape of an egg, a reference to the eggs in which Orkans travel through space. See more »

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Fall of '83
13 April 2006 | by KUAlum26See all my reviews

In the fall of 1983,I made it my mission to catch ALL of the episodes of this series,as I had caught only about 3/4 of the last season and was so impressed by it that when it went off the air,I decided I would track this show and give it a chance. I wasn't too blown away by the show when it first ran in the late seventies and early,early eighties and missed a lot of episodes early on(strange it wouldn't have appealed to me back then,since I was between the ages of six and nine back then,but maybe I just didn't get Robin Williams back then. I don't really recall). I must say that I am very pleased I did make the effort,because this show was quite the pleasant escape!

Robin Williams' Mork,culled from an episode of "Happy Days",lands in Colorado and ends up staying with Boulder resident Mindy McConnell(pretty,game straight-woman Pam Dawber),laying low as he observes humans and their nature. His reports back to his mission commander,a basso-profundo disembodied voice named Orson. Through the episodes,from season to season,Mork goes from being a Tres-silly alien caricature to a thoughtfully funny adult who seems to find more questions to the answers he's seeking. The relationship he builds with Mindy is one of the most unforced and sweet ones I've sen on television,a nice contrast to the Sam-and-Diane,Muleder-and-Scully,Niles-and-Daphne type of "Will they/Won't they?" type of flirtations. Most of the rest of the cast seems to be expendable,shifting in-and-out each season,with probably her father(Conrad Janis)and local eccentric Exidor(Robert Donner)being the few constants. Jonathan Winters' turn as the son that the pair have was a great bonus,and probably what got me interested in the show to begin with. The high sense of improvisation was evident,and didn't hurt the show at all.

It's a great memory from when I was in sixth grade,and a fun show to watch. Even though I haven't caught an ep of this show in God-knows how many years,I've seen each episode at least twice and was charmed each time. A fun,silly show that holds good memories for me.


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