Nanu Nanu: Weird and Interesting Facts About 'Mork & Mindy'

Bettina Dizon
May 22, 2019
01:49 P.M.
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“Mork & Mindy” will always be a one of a kind sitcom despite its giddy premise, thanks to Hollywood’s iconic comedian, Robin Williams. Here are a few facts about the hit show from the ’70s.

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“Mork & Mindy” was only four seasons short, but it made a big difference on the lives of viewers, despite its silly premise of an alien in love with rainbow suspenders, coming to earth, and being with a woman from Boulder Colorado. We can credit the humor the show brought to the legendary Robin Williams.

With the sitcom introducing pop culture references that are frequently used by viewers, it is nice to know a few interesting facts about the 70’s show.

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ABOUT THE SHOW

Before it was called “Mork & Mindy,” Garry Marshall suggested “Mork & Melissa” and “Mork & Marlo” as names for the characters but later realized Mindy sounded a lot more catchy.

Being a spinoff of an episode of “Happy Days,” star of the show, Mork, played by Williams, was inspired by “The Dick Van Dyke Show’s” episode “It May Look Like a Walnut” which had an alien named Danny come to earth. Marshall, the producer of “Happy Days,” had a son who was fond of “Star Wars” and asked his father to include an alien on television, which his father eventually did.

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Many years after the show came to an end and Williams passed away, his former co-star on the show, Pam Dawber, who played Mindy, revealed that she was sexually assaulted by the actor on set. 

ABOUT MORK

Although Williams was cast as Mork, Richard Lewis also had a fighting chance to land the role after being in the same audition as Williams. In the book “I’m Dying Up here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era,” the two had to voice aliens during their audition.

“You know, Robin Williams is next. He is Mork, and if he doesn’t get this, then you are all crazy,” Lewis said in the middle of his Danish accent voice audition.

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Mork’s character turned out to be great after Williams incredible portrayal, wearing iconic outfits in the show such as Mork’s red jumpsuit, which was a “Star Trek: The Original Series” recycled costume.

EPISODES AND SEASONS

Despite the shows entertaining skits, ratings began to decrease. Hence, producers created schemes and tactics to increase their viewers and evaluations during the final season.

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The sequence of the “Gotta Run” finale was filmed in 3-D to attract viewers, but the network decided to air the episode in 2-D as it would be too costly on their part. Had there been a fifth season, it would have shown Mork and Mindy traveling through time

Many years after the show came to an end and Williams passed away, his former co-star on the show, Pam Dawber, who played Mindy, revealed that she was sexually assaulted by the actor on set. 

“I mean I was flashed, humped, bumped, grabbed. I think he probably did it to a lot of people,” Dawber said.

She added that she didn’t see it as a big deal as “it was the seventies, after all.” Regardless of what had happened, she saw Williams as a nice person with a “gigantic heart.”

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