US tv series (1978-82). Miller-Milkis Productions and Henderson Production Co. in association with Paramount Television/ABC. Created Garry K. Marshall, Dale McRaven, Joe Gauberg. Prod Marshall. Writers included McRaven, April Kelly, Tom Tenowich, Ed Scharlach, Bruce Johnson. Dirs included Howard Storm, Bob Claver. 1 50min pilot episode followed by 92 25min episodes. Colour.
   Filling the gap in sitcoms about aliens viewing Earth between MY FAVORITE MARTIAN (1963-6) and ALF (1986-current), although its premise is more in line with Gore VIDAL's Visit to a Small Planet (1956; 1960), MAM was a spin-off from Happy Days (1974-83); Morkfrom Ork (Robin Williams) first appeared in the 1950s-set sitcom in an episode entitled "My Favorite Orkan". Response to the character - an innocent in very 1970s multicoloured braces, bewildered and amazed by the entire Universe, and given to cries of "nanu nanu"-was so positive that Garry K. Marshall developed a series around him, in which he arrived onEarth in a giant-egg spaceship and went to Boulder, Colorado, where he moved in with the family of Mindy McConnell (Pam Dawber) and got a job in their music store. Although early episodes present Mork as a childlike, presexual character, the writers eventually had the couple marry and Mork give birth, in the backwards Orkan fashion, to the middle-aged Mearth (Jonathan Winters), who grew younger. Regular players included ConradJanis and Elizabeth Kerr (as Mindy's father and grandmother), Robert Donner, Tom Poston, and the voice of Ralph James as Orson, Mork's Orkan leader. Often trite in its moralizing, the show was sometimes inspired in its skewed vision of life on Earth; and Williams, not yet the major screen personality he has become, was allowed to demonstrate his versatility as a clown.
   See also: SATIRE.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Encyclopedia. . 2011.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Mork and Mindy — Titre original Mork and Mindy Genre Sitcom, science fiction Créateur(s) Garry Marshall Pays d’origine …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Mork and Mindy — adj British windy. The rhyming slang term, still heard after 2000, uses the title of a US comedy TV series of the late 1970s and early 1980s. ► It s a bit Mork and Mindy out this morning …   Contemporary slang

  • mork and mindy — Cockney Rhyming Slang Windy Cor, it s bloody mork today, shows you that the slang is constantly evolving …   English dialects glossary

  • Mork et Mindy — Mork and Mindy Mork and Mindy Titre original Mork and Mindy Genre Sitcom, science fiction Créateur(s) Garry Marshall Pays d’origine  États Unis …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Mork & Mindy — First season title card Genre Science fiction sitcom Created by Garry Marshall Dale McRaven Joe Glauberg …   Wikipedia

  • Mork Goes Erk — Mork Mindy episode VHS cover of Mork Mindy Volume 2: Mork s First Christmas/Mork Goes Erk …   Wikipedia

  • Mork & Mindy — Seriendaten Deutscher Titel: Mork vom Ork Originaltitel: Mork and Mindy Produktionsland: USA Produktionsjahr(e): 1978–1982 Episodenlänge: etwa 24 Minuten …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mork vom Ork — Seriendaten Deutscher Titel Mork vom Ork Originaltitel Mork and Mindy Prod …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Mindy — is an English feminine given name, that is traditionally short for Melinda. Mindy may refer to: Famous people Mindy Cohn (born 1966), American actress known for her role on the television show The Facts of Life Mindy Duncan (born c. 1971), winner …   Wikipedia

  • Mindy Kaling — Mindy Kaling, 2008 Born Vera Mindy Chokalingam June 24, 1979 (1979 06 24) (age 32) Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States …   Wikipedia

  • List of Mork & Mindy episodes — The following is an episode list for the ABC sitcom television series Mork Mindy. The series ran from September 14, 1978 to May 27, 1982 airing 95 episodes. Contents 1 Seasons 2 Episodes 2.1 Season 1: 1978–1979 …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.