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Tuesday, June 12, 2012 10:46 AMSometimes you know you can get more out of something good, and sometime you have to know when to quit.
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.