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[[caption-width-right:350:''Nanu nanu!'']]

This 197882 FantasticComedy series on Creator/{{ABC}}, created by Creator/GarryMarshall and spun off from an episode of ''Series/HappyDays'', introduced the world to the comic genius of Creator/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 (Creator/JonathanWinters).

The supporting cast started off being mainly Mindy's straitlaced father Fred (Conrad Janis) and her free-spirited grandmother Cora (Elizabeth Kerr); later seasons added a small circle of friends along with curmudgeonly downstairs neighbor Mr. Bickley (Tom Poston) and a [[TalkativeLoon self-styled prophet]] named Exidor (Robert Donner).

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

!!This series provides examples of:
* AdaptationalHeroism: People who see Mork's original appearance on ''Series/HappyDays'' after watching this series are likely to be shocked at what a {{Jerkass}} he originally was.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Mork, Mindy, and later on, Mearth.
* AlienAmongUs: And since it's a spinoff of ''Happy Days'', aliens are also presumably canon in that show's universe but just never make an appearance outside the one time. 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 comes to Earth and challenges Mork to a battle. Before the battle, he puts 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.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Mork may be a childlike jokester, but he is still an alien with limited telekinetic abilities, and can be a dangerous opponent when angered, as seen in "The Night They Raided Mind-ski's".
* 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: 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.
* 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.
* CatchPhrase:
** "Nanu nanu", "shazbot" and other "alien" words used by Mork.
** Exidor would usually say "Mork, is that you?" before meeting with him.
* CelebrityParadox: Averted thoroughly when Mork meets Robin Williams.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Mork's First Christmas" (season 1). Mindy has to explain to Mork the [[TrueMeaningOfChristmas meaning]] of the holiday.
%%* 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]].
%%* CoolOldLady: Mindy's Grandma Cora.
* {{Corpsing}}: Often. It's really hard to keep a straight face when Creator/RobinWilliams is around. One especially noticeable example comes in the "It's a Wonderful Mork" episode: Mork is supposed to be invisible and inaudible as he observes Mindy's life without him, so 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 you like that sort of thing.
* CrossOver:
** The first episode featured a flashback to Mork getting dating help from [[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]]. Said date turns out to be [[Series/LaverneAndShirley Laverne]].
** Mork appeared in an episode of another ''Happy Days'' spinoff, ''Out of the Blue''.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass:
** Mork gave a KarmicTransformation to a group of racists who were terrorizing Mindy because she had some Polish heritage.
** 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.
* DrunkOnMilk: Mork does not react well with either carbonation, or ginger.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: How Williams got this character back on ''Series/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.
* FantasticAnthropologist: Mork's job is essentially to observe humans in their natural habitat.
%%* FantasticComedy
* FileMixup: In "Mork's Health Tips", Mork rescues Mindy when a hospital mistakenly schedules her for brain surgery after confusing her with a Mavis [=McDonald=].
* 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.
%%* 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!
* 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.
* InnocenceLost: Subverted. Mork is talked into freeing an escaped criminal who claims that he just needs to visit his sick mother and will return to turn himself back in afterward. Sure enough, Mork is arrested for freeing him and Mindy tells him that it is obvious that the crook took advantage of him and won't be back. In a genuinely moving moment, Mork tearfully agrees that he can't trust anyone again, until the crook suddenly returns as promised to turn himself in and get Mork released. With that, Mork's innocence is restored with his naive belief in the goodness of humanity vindicated.
%%* 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
* KnightOfCerebus: Kalnik[[note]]played by a pre-''Series/MurphyBrown'' Joe Regalbuto[[/note]] from the 3-part "Gotta Run" finale. While some of his dialogue is PlayedForLaughs, he's still an evil Venusian who seeks to TakeOverTheWorld, blows up Mork and Mindy's apartment, and tries to kill them, even having a group of men ''with guns'' to help in that respect.
* 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 artificially created in test tubes[[/note]].
* MindScrew: The episode where Mork meets Robin Williams. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_kZxk6p760 Really]].
* MoodWhiplash: Quite a bit; one minute, you'll have Robin Williams doing funny shtick, the next, there's some big emotional moment. The end of "Mork Meets Robin Williams" is one example, as Mork talks about famous people who died as a consequence of their fame (and becomes a bit HarsherInHindsight in lieu of later events).
* NameAndName: ''Mork and Mindy''
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The second season premiere features [[BizarroUniverse Bizarro]] versions of comedians Creator/BobHope ("Bob Faith"), Danny Thomas ("Danny St. Thomas") and Creator/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.
* 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.
* {{Retcon}}: Mork's appearance in ''Happy Days'' 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.
* RunningGag: Mork teasing [[TheVoice Orson]] about his girth in his debriefings.
* SceneryCensor: On one occasion, Mork walked out of the shower naked to talk to a shocked Mindy, who had to explain human customs regarding nudity. The low cabinet that blocked his bathing-suit-area kept the audience from seeing that Creator/RobinWilliams actually ''was'' naked.
* ShoutOut:
** Orson is a pretty clear reference to Creator/OrsonWelles.
** When Mindy's Dad finally gives his blessing for Mork to get married to Mindy, he says, [[Series/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 ''Series/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.
* SpoofAesop: 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!
* 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.
* StraightMan: Anyone not named Robin Williams. Or Robert Donner (Exidor). Or Jonathan Winters.
%%* StrawVulcan: Mork's race, which is why they sent him to Earth.
%%* TalkativeLoon:
%%* TelepathicSpacemen
* TheyDo / WeddingDay: At the beginning of Season 4.
* TimmyInAWell: Referenced in "Mork Runs Down". Mork, severely ill, has to use non-verbal communication with the [=McConnalls=].
-->'''Mindy:''' I think he's trying to tell us something.\\
'''Mr. [=McConnall=]:''' Yeah, I feel like I'm in a ''Lassie'' movie.
* {{Tsundere}}: Mr. Bickley is a rare male example. He acts harsh, but every time someone shows him kindness, he becomes adorable.
* VocalEvolution: Mork's nasal "spaceman" voice gradually disappeared through the show's run, as Mork grew more accustomed to Planet Earth.
* TheVoice: Orson is never seen, but he is heard. Sometimes, in scenes that take place on Ork, his shadow can be seen, but he is never personally seen.
* WorldOfSnark: Robin Williams was NOT the only person who could give a good one-liner.
* YoungerThanTheyLook: Creator/RobinWilliams was only in his late 20s when the show was being made. He looked more like he was in his mid-40s, 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 20s, 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.