September 14, 1978: Mork & Mindy first broadcast

Mork & Mindy (1978-1982)

Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom that aired on ABC. 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. Pam Dawber co-starred as Mindy McConnell, his human friend and roommate, and later his wife and the mother of his child.

Mork appears in the Happy Days season five episode “My Favorite Orkan”, which first aired in February 1978 and is a take on the 1960s sitcom My Favorite Martian. The show wanted to feature a spaceman in order to capitalise on the popularity of the then recently released Star Wars film. Williams’ character, Mork, attempts to take Richie Cunningham back to his planet of Ork as a human specimen, but his plan is foiled by Fonzie. In the initial broadcast of this episode, it all turned out to be a dream that Richie had, but when Mork proved so popular, the ending in the syndicated version was re-edited to show Mork erasing the experience from everyone’s minds, thus meaning the event had actually happened and was not a dream.

Notable Cast & Crew

  • Robin Williams, “Mork”
  • Pam Dawber, “Mindy McConnell”
  • Conrad Janis, “Fred McConnell”
  • Tom Poston, “Franklin Delano Bickley”
  • Jonathan Winters, “Mearth”
  • Morgan Fairchild, “Susan Taylor” (season 1)
  • Robert Donner, “Exidor”
  • Corey Feldman, “Billy” (season 3)
  • Logan Ramsey, “Arnold W*nker” (season 1)
  • Garry Marshall, co-creator, co-executive producer

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