M is for “Mork & Mindy”

“Mork & Mindy” was an American sitcom television series that aired on ABC from September 14, 1978 to May 27, 1982. A spin-off after a highly successful episode of “Happy Days,” it starred Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-Orkan egg-shaped spaceship, and Pam Dawber as Mindy McConnell, his human friend and roommate, and later his wife and the mother of his child.When his egg-shaped spaceship landed in Boulder, Colorado, Mork encountered 21-year-old Mindy, who was upset after an argument with her boyfriend. Mork offered assistance, but when Mindy noticed his unconventional attire and behavior, she asked who he really is, and he innocently told her the truth. She promised to keep his identity a secret and allowed him to move into her attic.

Storylines usually centered on Mork’s attempts to understand human behavior and American culture as Mindy helped him to adjust to life on Earth. It usually ended up frustrating Mindy, as Mork can only do things according to Orkan customs.

Then-unknown Robin Williams impressed producer Garry Marshall with his quirky comedic ability as soon as they met. Marshall was looking for an actor for an episode of “Happy Days.” When Williams was asked to take a seat at the audition, Williams immediately sat on his head on the chair and Marshall cast him on the spot, and later wryly commented that Williams was the only alien who auditioned for the role.

“Mork & Mindy was Robin Williams’ first major acting role and he became famous for his use of his manic improvisational comedic talent. Williams made up so many jokes during filming that were considered superior to the writing staff’s contributions that eventually scripts had specific gaps where Williams was allowed to freely perform. Pam Dawber found him so funny that she had to bite her lip in many scenes to avoid breaking up in laughter and ruining the take.

After four seasons and 95 episodes, Mork & Mindy was canceled in the summer of 1982.

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28 thoughts on “M is for “Mork & Mindy”

  1. Paula Light April 15, 2021 / 8:23 am

    This was a cute show! I was never a superfan of RW’s comedy in general, but it worked really well here.

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    • Fandango April 15, 2021 / 10:19 pm

      I agree. Williams was definitely the manic comedian.

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  2. J.E.M. Wildfire April 15, 2021 / 12:37 pm

    Robin Williams was brilliant, from his first performance to his last ❤

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  3. Alice DeForest April 15, 2021 / 1:34 pm

    I sure wish my grandchildren were watching a sitcom like this instead of the choices now

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  4. Renard Moreau April 15, 2021 / 6:07 pm

    😮 Wow! Thanks for taking me down memory lane, Fandango.

    “Mork & Mindy” was one of my favourite shows in the past (Those were the golden days before cable television).

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  5. msjadeli April 15, 2021 / 6:28 pm

    I loved Robin William’s spontaneity and the role of Mork let him fly his freak flag high (that and a little powder.) He was truly a comedic genius and the world’s a sadder place without him 😦

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  6. leigha66 April 18, 2021 / 11:09 pm

    I loved his manic comedy, but he was also a great actor in some pretty serious films. He really freaked me out in One Hour Photo!

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