TV Shows Mork & Mindy
|First Aired:||September 1, 1978|
Mork & Mindy was a spin-off from an episode of Happy Days seen in February 1978, in which an alien from the planet Ork landed on Earth and attempted to kidnap Richie. So popular was the nutty character that Robin Williams was given his own series the following fall. Mork was a misfit on his own planet because of his sense of humor. So the humorless Orkans sent him off to study Earthlings, whose "crazy" customs they had never been able to understand. Mork landed, in a giant eggshell, near Boulder, Colorado. There he was befriended by pretty Mindy McConnell, a clerk at a music store run by her father, Frederick. Mork looked human, but his strange mixture of Orkan and Earthling customs such as wearing a suit, but putting it on backwards, or sitting in a chair, but upside down, led most people to think of him as just some kind of a nut. Mindy knew where he came from, and helped him adjust to Earth's strange ways. She also let him stay in the attic of her apartment house, which scandalized her conservative father, but not her swinging grandmother, Cora.