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Mork & Mindy: The Complete Series

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 1/14/15

I've always loved this show. It came out while I was in high school, and I immediately fell in love with the show and with Robin Williams. He was so cute and funny back then. Sure, the humor is very silly and often childlike, but that's also part of its appeal. It's truly the kind of show that people of all ages can enjoy.  You do have to like Williams and his type of humor, though, because he pretty much is the entire show.

It's great to finally have all of the episodes, uncut, on DVD. They ran them in the 90's on Nickelodeon, and then later on TVLAND. The first few seasons have been out for a while, but not the last season (to be fair, the last season was not as funny as the others). Jonathan Winters, a comedy legend and idol of Williams', played Mork & Mindy's son, Mearth. I guess they figured with Williams' untimely death, that it was a good time to bring out the whole set. Fans who are missing him can watch all of his work now.

There aren't a lot of extras or features, which is a shame. I find it hard to believe that there aren't more specials they could have added (or at least, an interview with the surviving cast members).  They do have the two episodes of "Happy Days" where Mork appeared. In the first episode, Mork shows up in Ritchie's dream. This was the episode that they made before the "Mork & Mindy" series, so this is where Mork was introduced. You can tell they hadn't quite yet refined who Mork was or what he could do (his powers changed). Since "Happy Days" was more or less a reality-based sitcom, it had to be Ritchie's dream or else it wouldn't have worked.  Then they brought Mork back to the show later on, after "Mork & Mindy" was a hit. This wasn't a dream. However, it was a clip show. Ritchie shows Mork his experiences with his family and friends. It's great to have both episodes. Other than those two episodes, there are just gag reels (outtakes from the episodes). Those are really great to see, though. I'd never seen them before. It's mostly just Williams flubbing his lines or making jokes.

The plastic box comes apart very easily, but otherwise I have no problem with the packing.

There've been a lot of sitcoms about aliens living on earth, from the original "My Favorite Martian" to the recent "The Neighbors", but "Mork & Mindy" is one of the best of them. You'll want to buy or at least rent this set. Even if you saw them back in the 70's, you should watch them again. They're always funny.  The episodes are still funny, even though there are some hilariously dated 70's references. Where else can you see a young Morgan Fairchild? Check it out!

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MORE INFORMATION:

MORK & MINDY: THE COMPLETE SERIES AND INDIVIDUAL SEASON 4 TO BE RELEASED ON DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON DECEMBER 9

Forever Cherish Robin Williams’ Breakout Role That

Made America Fall In Love With His Comedic Genius

Starring Robin Williams in his best known television role, MORK & MINDY: THE COMPLETE SERIES will be available for the first time ever on DVD December 9 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution.

Also starring Pam Dawber as MindyMork & Mindy was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards® for “Outstanding Comedy Series” and “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” (for Williams) during its first season. MORK & MINDY: THE COMPLETE SERIES includes the show’s fourth season, never-before-released on DVD, a favorite for many fans as it includes unforgettable performances from legendary comedian and Williams’ idol, Jonathan Winters. MORK & MINDY: THE FOURTH SEASON will also be released separately December 9.

In addition to all four seasons being restored, both releases will include the two episodes from the TV series Happy Days, which “hatched” the Mork character.

“The manic brilliance of Robin Williams was a gift that the world enjoyed for nearly 40 years,” said Ken Ross, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Home Entertainment.  “We hope this commemoration of one of our first glimpses into that genius can be a significant part of the many tributes to his legacy.”

The story centers on Mork (Williams), a clueless but good-hearted alien, who is sent from his home planet of Ork to Earth in order to learn about humans. His ship lands near Boulder, Colorado, where he is befriended by Mindy (Dawber) who puts Mork up in her attic while he learns about human foibles and makes nightly reports to his boss Orson about his discoveries.

Written to accommodate Williams’ improvised dialogue and physical comedy, 
Mork & Mindy featured numerous noteworthy guest stars including John Larroquette, William Shatner, Paul Reubens, Barbara Billingsley, Roddy McDowall, Raquel Welch, Henry Winkler,
Penny Marshall and David Letterman, among others. It aired from 1978-1982.

The 15-disc DVD collection includes all four seasons with 95 restored episodes, andwill be available in 4x3 Full Screen Format with English Mono. MORK & MINDY
THE COMPLETE SERIES
 will be available for the suggested retail price of $129.99 U.S. and $149.99 CAN. MORK & MINDY: THE FOURTH SEASON will also be released separately December 9 for the suggested retail price of $39.99 U.S. and $47.99 CAN.

Special Features:

Happy Days episodes featuring Mork:

·       “My Favorite Orkan” (Season 5, Original Air Date: 2/28/78)

·       Mork Returns” (Season 6, Original Air Date: 3/6/79)

CBS Home Entertainment manages the worldwide DVD and Blu-ray businesses for the CBS Corporation across all lines of content including current hits and classic series from the vast CBS library, as well as new releases from Showtime Video.  CBS Home Entertainment products are released on the CBS DVD and CBS Blu-ray labels.

Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment.  PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands.  The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment, digital and television distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles.  PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and distribution across worldwide digital and television distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies.

 MORK AND MINDY: THE COMPLETE SERIES

Street Date:                         December 9, 2014

Suggest retail price:                        $129.99 U.S. / $149.99 CAN

Catalog #:                        59166784000 (U.S.) / 59166785000 (CAN)

Runtime:                                 TBD

U.S. Rating:                               Not Rated

CAN Rating:                         G (Seasons 1-2), PG (Seasons 3-4)

MORK AND MINDY: SEASON FOUR DVD

Street Date:                         December 9, 2014

Suggest retail price:                        $39.99 U.S. / $47.99 CAN

Catalog #:                        59167039000 (U.S.) / 59167038000 (CAN)

Runtime:                                 TBD

U.S. Rating:                               Not Rated

CAN Rating:                         PG


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