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* 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.

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* 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 Creator/PamDawber 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.

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** Dave Itzkoff's biography ''Robin'', published after Williams's death, tells of one particular aversion; Robin tried one improvised joke that fell flat with the audience, and requested another take. When that attempt also didn't go over, Robin requested a third take, and this time stuck to the script. This joke got the big laugh from the audience, and the take was used in the finished episode.

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** The addition of Winters to the cast was an attempt to placate Robin Williams, who was becoming increasingly unhappy with said meddling. It was well known that Williams idolized Winters and it was thought that getting to work with him would improve his morale.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Continuing with the {{Cliffhanger}} ending from "Gotta Run", Season 5 would have featured Mork and Mindy traveling through time, escaping from Kalnick the Neptunian, while meeting historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin.

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* TheWikiRule: [[http://morkandmindy.wikia.com/wiki/Mork_and_Mindy_Wiki The Mork & Mindy Wiki]].


* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Mork visited ''Happy Days'' because Gary Marshall's 5-year-old daughter only watched shows about outer space.

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* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Mork visited ''Happy Days'' because Gary Garry Marshall's 5-year-old daughter only watched shows about outer space.


** In "Mork and the Bum Rap," Mork meets a bum named Godfrey, played by Ross Martin; At one point, the guy asks Mork for something, and he tells him all he has is a photo of Robert Conrad, who co-starred with Martin on Series/TheWildWildWest.

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** In "Mork and the Bum Rap," Mork meets a bum named Godfrey, played by Ross Martin; At one point, the guy asks Mork for something, and he tells him all he has is a photo of Robert Conrad, who co-starred with Martin on Series/TheWildWildWest.''Series/TheWildWildWest''.



* PropRecycling: Mork's red spacesuit is the same jumpsuit worn by Col. Green in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Savage Curtain", and 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".

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* PropRecycling: Mork's red spacesuit is the same jumpsuit worn by Col. Green in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E22TheSavageCurtain}} The Savage Curtain", Curtain]]", and 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 "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E9TheTholianWeb}} The Tholian Web".Web]]".


* 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."
* IAmNotSpock: Williams has joked that after he won the Oscar for ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', it only took a few weeks for people on the street to begin calling him "Mork" again.

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* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: Williams' Creator/RobinWilliams' 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."
* IAmNotSpock: Williams has Creator/RobinWilliams joked that after he won the Oscar for ''Film/GoodWillHunting'', it only took a few weeks for people on the street to begin calling him "Mork" again.



* RetroactiveRecognition: A young Creator/DavidLetterman appears in "Mork and ERK" as a JerkAss self-help guru.
** [[Series/NightCourt John Larroquette & Richard Moll]] appeared in the episode "Alienation," as a cult leader/member respectively, several years before their more well known roles.



* StarMakingRole: Robin Williams launched into the stratosphere from here.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Unlike ''Series/HappyDays'' and ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'', which were both set in UsefulNotes/TheFifties, this show (at the time it originally aired) was set in the "{{present day}}" of 1978-1982.

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* StarMakingRole: Robin Williams Creator/RobinWilliams launched into the stratosphere from here.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Unlike ''Series/HappyDays'' and ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'', which were both set in UsefulNotes/TheFifties, this show (at the time it originally aired) was set in the "{{present day}}" of 1978-1982. Among other things, when Mork ran out onto Denver's (Original) Mile-High Stadium as a member of "The Pony Express." The Denver Broncos Cheerleaders only used that name from 1977 to 1980.


* YouLookFamiliar: Jonathan Winters appeared in season 3' "Mork and the Family Reunion" as Mindy's miserly uncle, before becoming Mearth in the final season. At one point during the episode [[CallForward he actually talks in the voice he uses for Mearth.]]

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* YouLookFamiliar: Jonathan Winters appeared in season 3' 3's "Mork and the Family Reunion" as Mindy's miserly uncle, before becoming Mearth in the final season. At one point during the episode [[CallForward he actually talks in the voice he uses for Mearth.]]


* ActorAllusion: Foster Brooks appeared in at least 3 episodes as Mr. Sternhagen, Mindy's boss at the TV studio, and did his signature drunk act in all of them.
** In "Mork and the Bum Rap," Mork meets a bum named Godfrey, played by Ross Martin; At one point, the guy asks Mork for something, and he tells him all he has is a photo of Robert Conrad, who co-starred with Martin on Series/TheWildWildWest.



** [[Series/NightCourt John Larroquette & Richard Moll]] appeared in one of the final season episodes as a cult leader/member respectively, several years before their breakout roles.

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** [[Series/NightCourt John Larroquette & Richard Moll]] appeared in one of the final season episodes episode "Alienation," as a cult leader/member respectively, several years before their breakout more well known roles.



* YouLookFamiliar: Jonathan Winters made an early season guest shot as a human before becoming Merth in the final season.

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* WrittenByCastMember: Jim Staahl, who played Nelson Flavor in seasons 2 &3, co-wrote the episode "I Heard it Through the Morkvine."
* YouLookFamiliar: Jonathan Winters made an early appeared in season guest shot 3' "Mork and the Family Reunion" as a human Mindy's miserly uncle, before becoming Merth Mearth in the final season.season. At one point during the episode [[CallForward he actually talks in the voice he uses for Mearth.]]

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**Appropriate, given that they were both Paramount shows.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: A young Creator/DavidLetterman appears in "Mork and ERK" as a JerkAss self-help guru.
** [[Series/NightCourt John Larroquette & Richard Moll]] appeared in one of the final season episodes as a cult leader/member respectively, several years before their breakout roles.


* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Unlike ''HappyDays'' and ''LaverneAndShirley'', which were both set in UsefulNotes/TheFifties, this show (at the time it originally aired) was set in the "{{present day}}" of 1978-1982.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Unlike ''HappyDays'' ''Series/HappyDays'' and ''LaverneAndShirley'', ''Series/LaverneAndShirley'', which were both set in UsefulNotes/TheFifties, this show (at the time it originally aired) was set in the "{{present day}}" of 1978-1982.


* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Jeff Altman plays a reporter looking for weirder things than [[Series/PinkLadyAndJeff an American variety show starring two non English speaking Japanese girls. ]]


* TechnologyMarchesOn: What's a music store? And what are those big square things in the bins?
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Unlike ''HappyDays'' and ''LaverneAndShirley'', this show (at the time it originally aired) was set in the "{{present day}}" of 1978-1982.
* YouLookFamiliar: Jonathan Winters made an early season guest shot as a human before becoming Merth in the final season.

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* TechnologyMarchesOn: What's a music store? And what are those big square things in the bins?
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Unlike ''HappyDays'' and ''LaverneAndShirley'', which were both set in UsefulNotes/TheFifties, this show (at the time it originally aired) was set in the "{{present day}}" of 1978-1982.
* YouLookFamiliar: Jonathan Winters made an early season guest shot as a human before becoming Merth in the final season.

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