When Mork Arrived In Primetime

By | March 12, 2022

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From 1978-1982, Mork from Ork made his home on ABC in the television show Mork & Mindy. The show introduced a then little-known comedian to American audiences, and for a brief time, introduced new catchphrases, as people began saying “shazbot” (an Orkan interjection) and “na-nu na-nu” which was followed by a hand gesture and handshake.

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Mork's first appearance on TV. Source: (IMDb).

Mork Got His Start On Happy Days

In February 1978, Happy Days aired an episode titled “My Favorite Orkan.” In the episode, Mork, played by Robin Williams, attempts to take Richie Cunningham back to Ork, but Fonzie foils the plan and Mork plans to take him back to Ork. During the original broadcast of the episode, the incident turned out to be simply Richie’s dream, but once Mork became a popular character, the original was edited for syndication, so that Mork simply erased the experience from their minds and explains to Orson that he decided to let Fonzie go and was planning to head to 1978 to continue studying human behavior. This was not the final time that Mork would connect to Happy Days, as in one episode, he returns and Fonzie sets him up on a date with Laverne.