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[[caption-width-right:315:''Nanu nanu!'']]

This FantasticComedy series on Creator/{{ABC}}, spun off from an episode of ''Series/HappyDays'', introduced the world to the comic genius of RobinWilliams.

Williams played Mork, a visitor from the planet Ork. After his egg-like space vessel landed near Boulder, Colorado, Mork bonded with a pretty Earth woman named Mindy [=McConnell=] (Pam Dawber). Late in the series, they became romantically involved, got married, and Mork promptly laid an egg out of which was born their son Mearth (Jonathan Winters).

The supporting cast started off being mainly Mindy's father and grandmother, and in later seasons added a small circle of friends along with a curmudgeonly downstairs neighbor and a [[TalkativeLoon self-styled prophet]] named Exidor.

Every episode ended with Mork's report to Orson, the being who sent him to Earth, on Mork's latest lesson in Earth culture.

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!!This series provides examples of:
* ActingForTwo: During one episode, Mork and Mindy interview Robin Williams.
** And, apparently, "robin" is a dirty word in Orkan.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Mork, Mindy, and later on, Mearth.
* AlienAmongUs: Since it is a spin-off, aliens are also presumably canon in ''Happy Days'', they just do not make an appearance. Which is just strange.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish
** Inverted in the episode with Rick n Ruby. When Mork is subbing for Ruby as lead singer of their band, he and the band sing "This Heart is Closed for Alterations." Mork sings the second verse in Orkan.
* AllJustADream
* AmusingAlien: Mork, natch.
* AnAesop: Typically more for Mork, but sometimes for the viewer as well.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: Depending on how you look at it, some of the reports to Orson can be seen as this, although it's a subversion in that it's not addressed to the viewer directly.
* AnimatedAdaptation: In which they gain a six-legged pink dog. TheEighties were a special time...
* BadassCape: In the episode 'Watcher of Earth,' an alien named Xerko came to Earth and challenged Mork to a battle. Before the battle, he put on a Badass Cape... only to tear it off in an exaggerated twirl.
* BaitAndSwitchComment: During a conversation with Mr. Bickley about his marital status.
-->'''Mr. Bickley''': I lost her in 1966.
-->'''Mindy''': Oh, I'm sorry.
-->'''Mr. Bickley''': Every night I pray that the old bat doesn't find me.
* BellyButtonless: After Mork and Mindy get married and have sex for the first time, Mork proves he had laid an egg by showing his navel -- since he's an Orkan he doesn't have one from the natural gestation process. [[{{Retcon}} Other than all the times he'd shown his belly before that episode and we'd seen it. ]]
* BerserkButton: Not much really makes [[NiceGuy Mork]] angry, but hurting Mindy in front of him is a good way to do it.
* BettyAndVeronica: Mindy and Susan, in the first season.
* BizarreAlienBiology: The Orkans are chicken-descended bipeds who age backwards, drink through their fingers, and whose males lay eggs; they also possess odd powers, allergies and reactions.
* BlowingARaspberry: This show had recurring a elder character from Mork's planet whose name was pronounced by blowing a raspberry. This leads to the wonderful parting line from Mork and Mindy at the end of his first appearance as he turns to leave:
-->'''Mork''': We'll write!\\
'''Mindy''': As soon as we figure out how to spell [blown raspberry]
* BoxingLesson
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma
* BrokenAesop: In "Mork and the Bum Rap," Mindy asks the bum, Godfried, why he doesn't take on responsibility. Godfried reminisces about getting married, raising a couple of kids and then sending them through college. He said he did that, that's why he's a bum!
* TheBusCameBack: Mindy's Dad returned in Season 3.
* CantBelieveISaidThat: in "Mork Runs Down", Mindy's father. Justified in that he's using very goofy alien words.
-->Mork, don't worry. After you get your gleek, your gorgles will be ''gone''! (Beat) I can't believe I just said that.
* TheCastShowoff
* CatchPhrase: "Nanu nanu", "shazbot" and other "alien" words used by Mork.
* CelebrityParadox: Averted thoroughly when Mork meets Robin Williams.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn/ {{Retcon}}: People who see Mork's original appearance on ''HappyDays'' after watching this series are likely to be shocked at what a {{Jerkass}} he originally was and that his appearance was said to have been AllJustADream in that episode. Oddly enough AllJustADream was a hurdle that another ''Happy Days'' spinoff (the long-forgotten ''Out of the Blue'', which featured an angel as its protagonist) had to overcome as well.
* ChristmasEpisode: Mindy has to explain to Mork the meaning of Christmas.
* CitizenshipMarriage
* ColorMeBlack: Mork uses his Orkan powers to turn a bunch of racists into Latino, Black and Asian, among more exotic changes. They were [[{{Expy}} expies]] of the KKK, so they didn't know it until they [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yR6PcwZtB0 took their white hoods off]].
** BrokenAesop: Well, maybe not broken. Dinged a little. In an episode about how racism is bad, they really should have resisted the urge to use the stereotypical "Asian music" sting when one of the women takes off her hood and is revealed as Chinese.
* CoolOldLady: Mindy's Grandma Cora.
* {{Corpsing}}: Often. It's really hard to keep a straight face when RobinWilliams is around. One especially noticeable example was in an episode homaging ''ItsAWonderfulLife.'' Mork is supposed to be invisible and inaudible as he observes Mindy's life without him. Pam Dawber makes a valiant but ultimately futile effort to keep a straight face to Robin's antics.
** Apparently, Robin liked to do this deliberately. In an interview, Pam mentioned one time where he stood offstage completely naked just to mess with her.
* CousinOliver: The rare ''middle-aged'' variation in Jonathan Winters.
* CrankyNeighbor: Mr. Bickley.
* CrazyCulturalComparison: Much of the humor comes from this.
* CrazyHomelessPeople: Exidor.
* CreepyCrossdresser: Well, Robin's appearance as a [[TheCheerleader cheerleader]], [[BareYourMidriff baring his midriff]]. Unless [[FetishFuel you like that sort of thing]].
* CrossOver: The first episode featured a flashback to Mork getting dating help from [[HappyDays Fonzie]]. Said date turns out to be [[LaverneAndShirley Laverne]].
** Mork also appeared in an episode of another ''Happy Days'' spinoff, ''Out of the Blue''.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Some jerks make fun of Mork's son Mearth, and suddenly the joking, light-hearted alien is scary serious. A sobering reminder that Mork is indeed not from around here.
** Before Mearth was born, Mork had his CrowningMomentOfAwesome when he gave a KarmicTransformation to a group of racists who were terrorizing Mindy because she had some Polish heritage.
* DirectedByCastMember: The SeriesFinale, "The Mork Report," marks the only time Robin Williams went behind the camera (if you don't count the first HBO ''Comic Relief'' concert).
* DrunkOnMilk: Mork does not react well with either carbonation, or ginger.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: How Williams got this character back on ''HappyDays''. He went to the audition for a "alien character". When he was called to the auditioning, they found him sitting upside-down (like Mork in the show) and that was pretty much enough to give him the role.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: "Mork calling Orson. Come in, Orson..."
** "[[RunningGag Come in, laser breath!]]": Although not in the earlier episodes, and even then, it was initially only done on occasion.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The new time slot, plus the second season onward featured major changes to try and appeal to a younger crowd. Not to mention trying to make Pam Dawber add more jiggle to the show, which she fortunately refused to do, with Williams' support. Ratings plummeted, and suits were sent scrambling to fix things.
** Show retoolings included "resetting" Mork so that he forgot ''everything'' he forgot about humanity and Earth, and later had the most ''bizarre'' CousinOliver ever with a middle-aged Jonathan Winters.
* FantasticAnthropologist
* FantasticComedy
* FilkSong: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX0WVgqo-2M Nanu Nanu (Shazbot)]]" by The Barron Knights.
* ForeignCussWord: Shazbot!
* FunctionalMagic: Much of what Mork could do.
* FunnySchizophrenia: Exidor, the EnsembleDarkhorse, had a habit of talking to imaginary cult members, seeing closets as oceans and other bizarre behavior. All PlayedForLaughs.
* {{Garfunkel}}
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Named for Williams' efforts to sneak all manner of things past the censors on this show.
* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Williams' improvisation proved to be so persistent and good, it was actually better than what the writers could do, so they budgeted minutes in the script with "Robin goes off here."
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Jeff Altman plays a reporter looking for weirder things then [[PinkLadyAndJeff an American variety show starring two non English speaking Japanese girls. ]]
* HumanAliens
* HumanOutsideAlienInside: Orkans can drink with their finger (and use various PsychicPowers focused through their index fingers), have three hearts, physically age backwards, and are hatched from eggs which come from the male's bellybutton[[note]]Prior to that, they were artificially grown in laboratories using test tubes[[/note]].
* HumorlessAliens: Mork has a hard time with the concept of humor.
-->Oh, humor! AR! AR!
* IAmNotSpock: Williams has joked that after he won the Oscar for ''GoodWillHunting'', it only took a few weeks for people on the street to begin calling him "Mork" again.
* ImportedAlienPhlebotinum: The occasional piece of Orkan technology, such as the hand-held device that temporarily aged Mork so that he could provide Mindy's grandmother with a date.
* IncredibleShrinkingMan: The second-season premiere, "Mork in Wonderland", has Mork shrinking into [[spoiler: a micro universe]] after he takes a cold pill.
* InformedAbility : Mindy teaches music lessons, but is never shown playing any instruments.
* InnocentAliens: Mork.
* InstrumentalThemeTune: Which got a [[RearrangeTheSong reworked arrangement]] in each of the show's seasons.
* InterspeciesRomance: Between the title characters.
* ItsAWonderfulPlot: "It's a Wonderful Mork"
* JeopardyThinkingMusic
* LampshadeHanging:
-->'''Mindy:''' Oh, Mork; what Earth concept have you misunderstood ''this'' week?
* LeftHanging: The final episode of the series has the titular duo lost in time and space being chased by a vengeance-crazed Venusian with no resolution in sight.
* LightBulbJoke: How many Martians does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 8.7 Arh! Arh!
* ManBitesMan: PlayedForLaughs in "Mork's Health Tips", when Mork bites a nurse who is trying to recapture Mindy. According to Mork, the nurse returned the favor.
* MerlinSickness
* MisterSeahorse: Orkan males lay eggs[[note]] Or at least Mork does. It was previously mentioned that Orkans are artifically created in test tubes[[/note]].
* MindScrew: The episode where Mork meets Robin Williams. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_kZxk6p760 Really]].
* NameAndName
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The second season premiere features [[BizarroUniverse Bizarro]] versions of comedians BobHope ("Bob Faith"), Danny Thomas ("Danny St. Thomas") and JerryLewis ("Jerry Looney").
* NoSenseOfHumor: In early episodes, Mork identifies people making InUniverse jokes by saying "Oh, humor - Ar-Ar!" And almost as often he does that when people ''aren't'' joking.
* OnceAnEpisode: Every episode ended with Mork broadcasting his experiences to Orson, saying, "Mork calling Orson; come in, Orson. Mork calling Orson...come in, Orson..."
* PardonMyKlingon: Slightly lampshaded when Mork is thinking of revealing himself as an alien in season 1:
-->'''Mindy's Dad''': And people will follow you around saying "Shazbot!!"
-->'''Mork''': If only they knew what that meant...
** Mindy once mentioned Robin Williams was in town for a show (!). Mork cracks up at the name, and whispers to Mindy what "robin" means on his world. Apparently it's disgusting.
** In the episode with Rick and Ruby, Mork sang an entire verse of "This Heart Is Closed for Alterations" in Orkan.
* PhysicalGod: Mork possesses super strength and telekinesis as well as mind-control powers, can freeze time, can control earthly elements (like wind) to some extent, and is capable of raising people from the dead.
* PropRecycling: Mork's Red Spacesuit is the same jumpsuit worn by Col. Green in the ''StarTrek'' episode ''The Savage Curtain'', While In an episode in which Mindy and Fred pretend to be aliens to throw off a nosy reporter, Fred wears a spacesuit helmet seen in the episode ''The Tholian Web''.
* PutOnABus: Mindy's Dad and Grandma in the second season, in favor of a bunch of new characters - most of who were in turn PutOnABus the 3rd season.
* RunningGag: Mork teasing [[TheVoice Orson]] about his girth in his debriefings.
* ShoutOut:
** Orson is a pretty clear reference to OrsonWelles.
** When Mindy's Dad finally gives his blessing for Mork to get married to Mindy, he says, [[AllInTheFamily "I'll be your Son in Law and you can call me 'Meathead'"]].
* SleepCute: In the episode "Sky Flakes Keep Falling On My Head", Mork and Mindy fall asleep huddled together in Exidor's literally falling-apart summer home to keep warm from the snow. Unfortunately, because they fell asleep, their fire went out...
* SpinOff: Of ''HappyDays''. Mork lampshades this during an appearance in a later ''Happy Days'' ClipShow, in which he tells Orson about the insights into human relations he's gained from Richie and Fonzie.
-->'''Mork''': Mork calling Orson! Come in, Orson!
-->'''Orson''': Mork! [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall This is not your regular night to report back]].
-->'''Mork''': Quite true, your Immenseness! However I had to do a Spin On to pay back for my SpinOff.
* SplitPersonality / StarfishCharacter: In an early episode Mork attempts to turn himself into TheSpock but it backfires, releasing all his emotions as separate personalities instead.
* StandardizedSitcomHousing: Mostly averted: Mindy's upper-floor apartment in an old Victorian house had few of the usual features of a typical sit com home.
* StarMakingRole: Robin Williams launched into the stratosphere from here.
* StraightMan: Anyone not named Robin Williams. Or Robert Donner (Exidor). Or Johnathan Winters.
* StrawVulcan: Mork's race, which is why they sent him to Earth.
* [[TalkativeLoon Talkative Loons]]
* TechnologyMarchesOn: What's a music store? And what are those big square things in the bins?
* TelepathicSpacemen
* Tsundere: Mr. Bickley is a rare male example. He acts harsh, but every time someone shows him kindness, he becomes adorable.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Unlike ''HappyDays'' and ''LaverneAndShirley'', this show (at the time it originally aired) was set in the "present day" of 1978-1982.
* WorldOfSnark: Robin Williams was NOT the only person who could give a good one-liner.
* VocalEvolution: Mork's nasal "spaceman" voice gradually disappeared through the show's run, as Mork grew more accustomed to Planet Earth.
* TheVoice: Orson
* YouLookFamiliar: Johnathan Winters made an early season guest shot as a human before becoming Merth in the final season.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: RobinWilliams was only in his late-20's when the show was being made. He looked more like he was in his mid-40's, at least. (He had a well-publicized addiction to cocaine at the time, which may have contributed to his prematurely aged look.) Pam Dawber, who was also in her 20's, looked a little more age appropriate but definitely ''sounded'' older than she really was. Although it's also a weird case of DawsonCasting , as in the second episode of Season 1, Mindy states that she is 21 years old. Dawber was 27 when the series started.
** FridgeBrilliance: Orkans age in reverse, so one more reason for Robin Williams to get the part was that he was young, but he looked older.
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