Bizarre television comedy with Robin Williams as Mork from Ork, who is an alien sent to Earth in an egg, to investigate Earth and report back to his superiors. As an outsider, Mork is unfamiliar with human customs and often questions some of the strange traditions that we take for granted. Much of the humor relies on Williams' unique comic voices and mannerisms. The show was perhaps most famous for Mork's greeting, "Nanu Nanu".Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
Due to Robin Williams continual improvising of his scenes, writers would intentionally leave gaps in the show's scripts. See more »
Mork's ability to understand human ways varies, depending on the needs of the joke. At times he demonstrates an eclectic knowledge of history and pop culture, coming up with impromptu movie scene reenactments, off-hand references to Buckingham Palace, the American Embassy, Charles Dickens, etc., and commentaries on the habits of one historical figure or another. But at other times he displays a born-yesterday ignorance of basic living skills, such as not knowing that you're supposed to sit on your bottom not your head, mistaking an animal or an inanimate object for sentient being, or being completely unfamiliar with an everyday object common to all human civilizations since ancient times. See more »
I remember the late summer of 1978, working to save enough money to go back to school. Many days were long and difficult. My friends and I left behind by those that had their finances lined up for classes, were always looking for something to do to take our minds off of what we thought were big issues at the time.
Along came this wacky television show with a guy on it that was absolutely nuts. A bunch of us would get together every Thursday night to see what he would do next. We would laugh our heads off at this crazy show and we wouldn't think of missing one. Mork and Mindy was a bright spot in our day in day out lives.
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