Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Sometimes you know you can get more out of something good, and sometime you have to know when to quit.
The best example of when this works and when this doesn't has to be TV spin-offs - because there is no one else on this planet like a TV executive for ruining something good rather than trying something new.
Let's start with the good - because sometimes spin-offs can bring us something truly wonderful.
Happy Days ran from 1974 - 1984. Even though it presented an idealised vision of life in the mid-50s to mid-60s it gave rise to 2 ever-popular - and one forgettable - spin-offs.
Mork & Mindy was where the world fell in love with Robin Williams as Mork - and alien who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man egg-shaped spaceship. The very beautiful Pam Dawber co-starred as Mindy McConnell - his human friend and roommate. The show ran from 1978 - 1982.
So I hear you ask - how the hell can a show about an alien who comes to earth be a spin-off from Happy Days? Good question.
The character of Mork, played by a then-unknown Robin Williams, first appeared in the Happy Days Season 5 episode, "My Favorite Orkan," which was a take on the 1960s sitcom, My Favorite Martian. Williams' character Mork attempts to take Richie Cunningham back to his planet of Ork as a human specimen, but his plan is foiled by Fonzie (though all this turned out to be simply a dream Richie had). The Mork character proved to be popular enough with the audience to go forward with the planned series of his own.
It's the old Dallas cop-out. It was just a dream.
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