|Rated: TV-G (US) / G (Canada)|
Starring: Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Conrad Janis, and Elizabeth Kerr
Released: 1978 - 1979 (original TV premieres) / September 7, 2004 (DVD)
Features guest appearances from Henry Winkler (Happy Days), Penny Marshall (Laverne & Shirley), and screen legends Morgan Fairchild and David Letterman.
The Good: Mork & Mindy is one of my longtime favorite shows, so, of course I would enjoy this first season. I hadn't watched much of it in a while, but, when I heard that the final season was being released on DVD, I knew I had to catch up. Since most of the cast has passed away, being able to see them in action is a real treat, especially since this set features the episodes as they were originally broadcast. Robin Williams is definitely the star here, and his antics are hilarious; however, the rest of the cast does well, too, especially Robert Donner as Exidor, who is even loonier than Mork himself. By now, I would think most everyone would be familiar with this show; if you're not, but you're a fan of old-school television, you should definitely check this out from your local library. Give it a chance and see if you don't laugh.
The Bad: As good as this is, I do have some minor complaints. Though the packaging is nice, the discs themselves are void of any special features, save for the cute menu screens. Non-English speakers may be disappointed to find that there aren't any foreign subtitles; I've heard this show was popular in non-anglophone countries, so, you'd think they'd at least include at least a Spanish language option. Also, the last episode ends the set with a whimper; it's rather boring, especially for a season finale.
- Sex: Mork naively refers to sex in a childlike way here and there. People believe Mork and Mindy are "shacking up,"; though they never do anything immoral, the stigma of a man and woman living together without marriage is still there. 3/5
- Nudity: Cleavage, and Mork often wears an outfit that shows a bit of his chest. 4/5
- Language: Profanity is quite rare, but many characters call each other names, including Mork teasing Orson--who is never seen--about being overweight. 4/5
- Violence: Comedic pratfalls are the rule here. Mork does get into a fight with someone, but it isn't the least bit bloody or graphic. 4/5
- Drugs: People are seen drinking alcohol fairly often; smoking is referenced once or twice. 3/5
- Frightening/Intense Scenes: One episode features Mork nearly dying. In other episodes, he suffers from some emotional intensity. 3/5
- Other: Mork makes occasional disparaging remarks about conservatives and religion. 4/5
Conclusion: This review is probably biased, but I really enjoyed revisiting one of my old favorites. Now, I can't wait to watch the remaining seasons! Look for reviews to come in the future! Seriously, if you've never seen this show...you're missing out!