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TV Shows - Mork & Mindy

Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 until 1982 on ABC. The series starred Robin Williams as Mork, an alien who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a large egg-shaped space ship, and Pam Dawber as Mindy McConnell, his human friend, roommate, and later, wife after they married in the final season. The second season saw an attempt to seek younger viewers. The characters of Fred, Cora and Eugene were effectively dropped, though both appear briefly in later episodes (where Fred would arrive with a new bride). It was explained on the show that Fred was sent off to tour as a conductor with an orchestra, and he took Cora with him on the road. However, neither Eugene or Susan were seen or mentioned again. New cast members and a disco-like version of the first season's gentle theme tune were added. Among the new supporting characters were Remo and Jean DaVinci (Jay Thomas and Gina Hecht), a brother and sister from New York City who owned a new neighborhood deli where Mork and Mindy now spent a lot of time. Also added as regulars were their grumpy neighbor Mr. Bickley (who was seen occasionally in the first season and ironically worked as a verse writer for a greeting-card company) portrayed by Tom Poston, and Nelson Flavor (Jim Staahl), Mindy's snooty cousin who ran for city council. The show's main focus was no longer on Mork's slapstick attempts to adjust to the new world he was in, but on the relationship between Mork and Mindy on a romantic level. Due to the abrupt changes to the show and the new timeslot, ratings fell dramatically. It was quickly moved back to its previous timeslot and efforts were made to return to the core of the series, but ratings never recovered.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mork_%26_Mindy
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1 Jonathan Winters Too ridiculous to be funny
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2 Season 2 They tried to make it "hip"
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3 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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4 Never Boned Still rocks.
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5 Enter ... Down the Aisle Mork and Mindy Tie the Knot
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1 What do you expect from the makers of expert shark-jumper Happy Days? At least, when that show ended, Williams proved he really was comedic -- Submitted By: (stryker73) on July 17, 2013, 3:56 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Even as a tween/teen watching the show when it originally aired, I thought it went downhill fast with the multi-episode story arc of Mork and Mindy's wedding and subsequent honeymoon on Ork. jmac9909's and elainewood's comments are right on -- viewing Mork & Mindy 30-odd years later is a perfect demonstration of how our concept of humor evolves (or SHOULD evolve) as we grow up. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 16, 2013, 7:53 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 I loved this show when I was a kid and thought it was the very pinnacle of sophistication and wit. Boy, was I wrong! I saw an episode recently and was shocked at how stupid everyone was, especially Mork! I gave it another chance the next time I stumbled across an episode and it was even worse then the first one. Williams and Winters babbled, hooted, geeked out, made idiotic noises and gestures and the other characters thought they were cute. Man, Robin Williams is a fine actor and I love his dramatic roles but given a total blank check for his "comedy" he gets old really quickly! -- Submitted By: (jmac9909) on July 15, 2013, 1:45 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
4 Did Garry Marshall personally hand-pick the studio audiences for his shows? Both Mork & Mindy and Happy Days suffered - and I mean SUFFERED - from an audience that did nothing but gleefully shriek for the entire half hour. Enter Robin Williams/Henry Winkler: A bloody torrent of ecstatic EEEEEEEEKS!!!!!! Hoots and hollers and whistles and every other sound your basic sugared-up teenage girl was capable of making. (Plus some actual laughter from the few adults in the crowd.) I could have murdered that audience with a rusty machete! (Laverne & Shirley wasn't quite as annoying in that respect.) And you know that half of the improv stuff that Williams let loose with went over the heads of those kids in the audience. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 25, 2011, 7:56 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
5 This show is a perfect way of illustrating just why you thought Robin Williams was hilarious when you were 14 years old--and why you no longer think he's hilarious 33 years later. -- Submitted By: (elainewood) on September 1, 2010, 5:18 pm - (5 votes) - Login to Vote
6 It definitely boned with the addition of Jonathan Winters whose character is aging backwards just like Benjamin Button only a lot more corny. -- Submitted By: (JayD) on July 2, 2010, 6:52 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
7 The show boned when Mork and Mindy had a kid. The addition of Jonathan Winters sunk the show. -- Submitted By: (scatcatpdx) on October 2, 2009, 8:23 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 This a dumb one. I agree about it bonning when Mork laid that egg. -- Submitted By: (shanequia) on September 20, 2009, 8:56 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
9 It was bad enough when they got rid of Mindy's humorously stuffy dad and wacky grandma (and brought in boring characters) but when Mork Laid The Egg?! I was DONE! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on September 19, 2009, 10:10 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
10 The second season opened with a two-parter in which Mindy's cold medicine causes Mork to shrink to molecule size and end up on upside-down planet Mirth where humor has been banished. No, I did not make this up--look it up here: http://www.sitcomsonline.com/morkepguide2.html Outlandish storyline like this, coupled with efforts by the show to seek younger viewers (including, but not limited to, giving a disco beat to the show's theme), meant "viewers deserted the show in droves" (according to Tim Brooks' Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows). -- Submitted By: (markrabo) on September 18, 2009, 4:38 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote

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