Mork from Ork -
Smiley-faced alien (Robin Williams) featured on the on the
MORK & MINDY/ABC/1978-82.
Traveling from his
native planet Ork, Mork a
landed his spacecraft, "The Flying Egg" near the town of Boulder,
Colorado His assignment: to act as advance scout for the Orkan
race who might migrate to Earth in the future. He reported back to
his superiors via mental telepathy. His weekly communiqués were
called "The Scorpio Reports." His contact was Orson, a rotund
(heard but never seen) space executive, whom Mork routinely
insulted with wisecracks like "Yes, Oh Laser Breath" and "Your
Mork's home planet Ork was about 200 million miles
from Earth and had three moons. Its inhabitants evolved from
chickens. While on Earth, Mork resided incognito with the female
earthling, Mindy McConnell (Pam Dawber), whom he later married.
Mork received his nourishment from eating plastic, flowers and
coffee grinds. He drank water through his bloinks (fingers), got
drunk on ginger ale, told time with a wrist watch strapped to his
ankle, sat on his face, spit to say thank you and slept upside
down. Additionally, Orkans had no hearts, no lungs and no sense of humor. Mork,
however, had a sense of humor and was the reason the Orkans were
glad to get rid of him. Some choice Orkan phrases were "Na-Nu, Na-Nu!"
(Hello!) and "Shazbot!" (Damn!).
When Mork first landed he wore a
red spacesuit with a silver inverted triangle emblazoned on its
chests, silver gloves, boots and helmet. Mork cast aside his Orkan
uniform for Earth clothing consisting of baggy paratrooper pants,
T-shirts and rainbow-stripped suspenders. When Mork needed to
travel through time he donned a red pair of sequined shoes (size
Mork and Mindy
Born some nine bleams ago, Mork was the product of test
tube fertilization, having blue eyes and synthetic hair. He came
with a warranty which included guarantees against ankle blowouts
and coughing up frogs. Despite these warranties, he was the only
Orkan recalled because his rear end fell off. His life span was
2000 years at which time he needed to be recharged. Mork's space
pet "Beebo" (on Mork it's called a Nauger Chump) looked like a
fluff-dried floor mop.
Some additional Orkan facts: Mork's
favorite food was "Flek," a delicacy that when planted grew
instantly. Mork celebrated "National Backwards Week," a holiday
which he "looked forward to." Later in the series, it was revealed
that the Orkans enemies were the Necotons. The beautiful actress
Raquel Welch played Captain Nevana of the Necoton Black Army who
was sent to Earth to capture Mork. On the episode "Mork's Mixed
emotions" broadcast May 6, 1980 a kiss from Mindy uncorked Mork's
pent up feelings and one by one his emotions (love fear, joy,
guilt, envy, hope, disgust, and gratefulness) take center stage in
form of different voices. Enough of this...Na-nu, Na-nu.
Mork & Mindy 1982 Saturday morning cartoon show
TRIVIA NOTE: The spinoff Saturday morning
cartoon THE MORK & MINDY/LAVERNE & SHIRLEY HOUR/ABC/1982-83 has Mork attend Mt.
Mount High School to observe earthling adolescent behavior. Also featured were
Orson, Mork's supervisor; Mr. Caruthers, the principal; Mork's friends, Mindy,
Hamilton and Eugene, a young black guy; Fred McConnell, Mindy's father, and
Doing, Mork's six-legged dog.
The Mork from Ork
character debuted on a February episode of ABC's HAPPY DAYS in
1978. The MORK & MINDY
series concept was inspired by director Jerry Paris, a former star
of THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW (he played Jerry Halper the dentist) who
recalled episode No. 51 "It May Look Like a Walnut." from the show
written by Carl Reiner (aired 2/6/63) about an alien from the
planet Twilo who conquers Earth. See also -
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