What it was like Growing Up in the Eighties (1980s)
  • Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

Mork and Mindy – 80s TV Sitcom

Mork & Mindy is a 80s 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, and Pam Dawber as Mindy McConnell, his human friend and roommate, who eventually becomes his wife and the mother of his child.

Mork & Mindy

Cast

Robin Williams as Mork
Pam Dawber as Mindy Beth McConnell
Conrad Janis as Frederick McConnell (1978-1979, 1980-1982)
Elizabeth Kerr as Cora Hudson (1978-1979, 1981-1982)
Jeffrey Jacquet as Eugene (1978-1979)
Ralph James as Orson (voice only)
Tom Poston as Franklin Delano Bickley
Jay Thomas as Remo DaVinci (1979-1981)
Gina Hecht as Jean DaVinci (1979-1981)
Jim Staahl as Nelson Flavor (1979-1981)
Robert Donner as Exidor
Crissy Wilzak as Glenda Faye “Crissy” Comstock (1980-1981)
Foster Brooks as Mr. Miles Sternhagen (1981)
Jonathan Winters as Mearth (1981-1982)

Series Run

First Telecast: September 14, 1978
Last Telecast: June 10, 1982

Broadcast History

  • September 1978- August 1979, ABC, Thursday 8:00-8:30pm
  • August 1979- December 1979, ABC, Sunday 8:00-8:30pm
  • January 1980- February 1982, ABC, Thursday 8:00-8:30pm
  • April 1982- May 1982, ABC, Thursday 8:30-9:00pm
  • May 1982- June 1982, ABC, Thursday 8:00-8:30pm

Plot

Mork arrives on Earth in an egg-shaped spacecraft. He has been assigned to observe human behavior by Orson, his mostly unseen and long-suffering superior (voiced by Ralph James). Orson has sent Mork to get him off Ork, where humor is not permitted. Attempting to fit in, Mork dresses in an Earth suit, but wears it backwards. Landing in Boulder, Colorado, he encounters 21-year-old Mindy (Pam Dawber), who is upset after an argument with her boyfriend, and offers assistance. Because of his odd garb, she mistakes him for a priest and is taken in by his willingness to listen (in fact, simply observing her behavior). When Mindy notices his backward suit and unconventional behavior, she asks who he really is, and he innocently tells her the truth. She promises to keep his identity a secret and allows him to move into her attic.

More info at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mork_%26_Mindy

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