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Mork and Mindy

OVER-LIT, OVER-LOUD and over-egged spin-off from one of many jump-the-shark instances on HAPPY DAYS wherein Richie dreamed he was abducted by an alien from another planet in the shape of ROBIN WILLIAMS. Series itself was similarly scrappy, doused in eardrum-splitting audience whooping and sickly Americana. Williams fell for PAM DAWBER. They got married. He hatched an egg. Nannoo, “calling Orson”, crappy fat-bloke-as-son subsidiary character and the inevitable “I’ve learned something about humans today, Min” sentiment all followed. Still, every kid in the world briefly sat upside down in cars at some point or other…

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  1. Richardpd

    September 23, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    supposedly Robin Williams got the part by doing the sitting upside down trick during the screen test & other antics that made him seem the most alien.

    In spite of getting great ratings for the first season, the powers that be demanded a re-tool for the show & moved it to another time slot.

    Unsurprisingly it tanked in the ratings, and in spite of trying to fix it the viewing figures kept slipping. Bringing in Jonathan Winters as Mearth was a final throw of the dice to try to salvage things but the damage was too much.

    Channel 4 showed it quite a bit in the early 1990s during the school holidays, when Robin Williams was at the peak of his film career.

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