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1* ActingForTwo: During one episode, Mork and Mindy interview Robin Williams. ** And, apparently, "robin" is a dirty word in Orkan.* 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 Creator/RobertConrad, who co-starred with Martin on ''Series/TheWildWildWest''. * 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).* 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 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.** 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.** 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.* HarpoDoesSomethingFunny: 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."** 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. * IAmNotSpock: 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.* PropRecycling: Mork's red spacesuit is the same jumpsuit worn by Col. Green in the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E22TheSavageCurtain}} 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 "[[{{Recap/StarTrekS3E9TheTholianWeb}} The Tholian Web]]".** Appropriate, given that they were both Paramount shows.* SoMyKidsCanWatch: Mork visited ''Happy Days'' because Garry Marshall's 5-year-old daughter only watched shows about outer space.* StarMakingRole: 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.* 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.* TheWikiRule: [[ The Mork & Mindy Wiki]].* WrittenByCastMember: Jim Staahl, who played Nelson Flavor in seasons 2 &3, co-wrote the episode "I Heard it Through the Morkvine." * YouLookFamiliar: Jonathan Winters appeared in season 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.]]


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