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My Favorite Orkan 

No one believes Richie's claims that he not only saw a flying saucer but personally interviewed its pilot, an alien named Mork, who tried to take him back to planet Ork as an example of an average, humdrum human.


Jerry Paris


Garry Marshall (created by) (as Garry K. Marshall), Joe Glauberg


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Episode cast overview:
Ron Howard ... Richie Cunningham
Henry Winkler ... Arthur 'Fonzie' Fonzarelli
Marion Ross ... Marion Cunningham
Anson Williams ... Potsie Weber
Don Most ... Ralph Malph (as Donny Most)
Erin Moran ... Joanie Cunningham
Al Molinaro ... Al Delvecchio
Scott Baio ... Chachi Arcola
Tom Bosley ... Howard Cunningham
Robin Williams ... Mork


No one believes Richie's claims that he not only saw a flying saucer but personally interviewed its pilot, an alien named Mork, who tried to take him back to planet Ork as an example of an average, humdrum human.

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When Robin Williams was cast, the comedian quickly impressed the cast by improvising much of Mork's character on set. It got to the point where castmembers were running about shouting "He's a genius!", the writers came on set to take notes of Williams' improvisations and TV network executives came to see what the fuss was about with this newcomer. The last group was so stunned at Williams' talent that the actor was signed on for his own TV series, Mork & Mindy (1978), just four days later. See more »


Mork: I'm here to collect specimens for assembly on our plant.
Richie Cunningham: No kidding. Anyone in particular?
Mork: Yes.
Richie Cunningham: The President? No, not here in Milwaukee. Are you going to take Hank Aaron?
Mork: No, no. He's too famous. We'd have to trade the entire planet for him. What we need is someone average.
Richie Cunningham: Oh.
Mork: Hum drum.
Richie Cunningham: [Realizing Mork is probably referring to him] I know someone... hum drum.
Mork: Need a clue?
Mork: [singing] I found my thrill...
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Alternate Versions

When Mork was spun off into his own series, a new epilogue was filmed in which Mork learns he has a new assignment in the year 1978. See more »


Referenced in Fanboys (2009) See more »

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A star is born in Robin Williams
23 September 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"My Favorite Orkan," its title in reference to Ray Walston's 60s series MY FAVORITE MARTIAN, might have disappeared into the ether of forgotten episodes were it not for the casting of newcomer Robin Williams in the role of Mork from Ork, a name brilliant in its simplicity. Garry Marshall hired him on the spot after Williams sat on his face, and no doubt incorporated his own touches into the character, a visitor from the distant planet Ork, whose mission on earth is to bring back living specimens. Richie insists he saw a flying saucer but the gang are certain that his 'humdrum' life has led him to exaggerate something out of thin air, but later encounters a stranger in a one piece red spacesuit who removes his helmet and calls himself Mork. Introduced to the Cunningham TV set with a zap from his lethal finger, Robin Williams proved to be an instant hit, creating a language of gibberish that audiences responded to, especially the swear word 'shozbot.' At first Richie is delighted to meet a genuine alien, until learning that Mork has come for him, someone average, humdrum, to take back to Ork for a 'bleam,' which lasts for 2000 years. Fleeing to Arnold's for a showdown with the Fonz, Mork's finger cannot conquer the almighty thumb, but finally wins because Fonzie doesn't want his friends hurt. The original ending had the whole thing turn out to be a dream, but in preparation for the series MORK & MINDY a new one was shot, depicting Mork's latest assignment, from the late 50s to the late 70s, opposite the charming and lovely Pam Dawber. The conclusion of the next season ("Mork Returns") would be a compilation episode, the only other one to feature Williams, now a star in his own right.

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28 February 1978 (USA) See more »

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