Mork and Mindy was a successful spinoff of the sitcom Happy Days. It was inspired by the season five episode of Happy Days entitled My Favorite Orkan. The show starred Robin Williams and Pam Dawber. The show premiered on ABC-TV on September 14, 1978 and ran on the network for four seasons, to May 27, 1982.


  • Robin Williams as Mork from Ork - An alien from the planet Ork sent to observe human behavior. Mork mentions many times that Orkan scientists grew him in a test-tube.
  • Pam Dawber as Mindy McConnell - A pretty female human who finds Mork and teaches him about human behavior. Eventually falls in love, marries Mork and raises an Orkan "child".
  • Conrad Janis as Fred McConnell, Mindy's father
  • Elizabeth Kerr as Grandma Cora Hudson — Mindy's less-conservative, progressive grandmother and Fred's mother-in-law.
  • Tom Poston as Mr. Frank Bickley — Mindy's downstairs neighbor. He has a job involving writing out greeting cards. At first, he is a total grump and always complains about noise. In time, however, he warms up and becomes a friend to Mork and Mindy and the gang.
  • Jonanthan Winters as Mearth — The "child" of Mork and Mindy and godson of Orson. Because of Orkan physiology, Orkans age backwards, starting with elderly adult bodies but with the mind of a child and regressing to feeble "old" kids.
  • Jay Thomas as Remo DaVinci — The brother of Jeanie DaVinci co-owner of The New York Delicatessen in season 2 and DaVinci's Restaurant in season 3.
  • Gina Hecht as Jeanie DaVinci — The sister of Remo DaVinci and co-owner of The New York Delicatessen in season 2 and DaVinci's Restaurant in season 3.
  • Jim Staahl as Nelson Flavor — The strait-laced, driven, yet aloof cousin of Mindy with dreams of political power.
  • Orson, voiced by Ralph James, was Mork's mostly unseen and long-suffering superior, who's sent to Earth to get him off-world because humor is not permitted on Ork.

DVD releasesEdit

Paramount Home Entertainment has released the entire series of Mork & Mindy on DVD in Region 1 in both individual season sets and a complete series configuration,[1] while the first three seasons are available in Regions 2 and 4. The Region 1 DVD release of season 1 was from Paramount alone; subsequent releases in Region 1, as well as international season 1 releases, have been in conjunction with CBS DVD.

DVD name Episodes Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season 25 September 7, 2004 October 29, 2007 September 19, 2007
The Second Season 26 April 17, 2007 April 7, 2008 March 6, 2008
The Third Season 22 November 27, 2007 September 1, 2008 September 4, 2008
The Fourth Season 22 December 9, 2014 TBA TBA
The Complete Series 95 December 9, 2014 December 15, 2014[2] TBA

Broadcast history and Nielsen ratingsEdit

Season Time slot (ET) Rank Rating[3]
1) 1978–1979 Thursday at 8:00-8:30 PM (Episodes 1, 3-25)
Thursday at 8:30-9:00 PM (Episode 2)
3 28.6 (Tied with Happy Days)
2) 1979–1980 Sunday at 8:00-8:30 PM (Episodes 1, 3-11, 13-16)
Sunday at 8:30-9:00 PM (Episodes 2, 12)
Thursday at 8:00-8:30 PM (Episodes 17-26)
27 20.2
3) 1980–1981 Thursday at 8:00-8:30 PM (Episode 1, 3-22)
Thursday at 8:30-9:00 PM (Episode 2)
4) 1981–1982 Thursday at 8:00-8:30 PM N/A N/A


  1. Mork & Mindy DVD news: Announcement for The 4th Season and The Complete Series - Retrieved on 10 January 2016.
  2. Mork & Mindy: Complete Collection [DVD]. Retrieved on 10 January 2016.
  3. Brooks, Tim (2007). pp. 1688–1689. Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.

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