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A spin-off from the hit show "Happy Days," MORK & MINDY stars Robin Williams as the lovable alien from the planet Ork. Sent to Earth by his fellow Orkans who see him as a misfit, Mork is assigned to observe the customs of the crazy Earthlings. Landing in a giant eggshell in Boulder, Colorado, Mork is soon befriended by Mindy McConnell (Dawber) a music store clerk, and allowed to stay in the attic of her apartment.
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.
The highlight of this first season 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. --Donald Liebenson.
good ol' Mork and Mindy tv show. I bought this to show my daughter just how Robin Williams got his big break in tv and movies. I loved Robin Williams comedy in tv and movies.Published 28 days ago by Annette
Always loved this show in the past. It was Robin Williams debut. more or less on Tv, and it showed us his incredible talent. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lysan
This is a great DVD collection of Mork & Mindy. The seller sent this out very quick. The seller has this listed at a great price. It is hard to find this DVD collection in stores. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bridgett A. Richard
Fun series :) totally worth having. My kids even enjoy it. Nanu Nanu!Published 5 months ago by Tyler H.
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I wrote Paramount and they sent me a letter back stating they had no plans for any future releases of Mork & Mindy. I believe a heavy letter writing campaign will change their minds. The address is: Paramount Studios
5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90038
Jul 7, 2006 by Bibliophile | See all 7 posts
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