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Mork & Mindy - The Second Season



DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007 (CBS DVD/Paramount)
Color / 1979-80
MSRP: $38.99
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 24 (2 which are one-hour episodes)
Running time: Approx. 10 Hours, 49 Minutes
Audio Tracks: Dolby Digital English Mono 2.0
Video: Full Frame 1.33:1
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; No Subtitles; Closed Captioned
Special Features: None


Mork & Mindy was a spin-off from an episode of Happy Days in which Mork, an alien from the planet Ork, attempted to kidnap Richie. So popular was Mork that he was given his own series in 1978 and it became an instant hit.

Mork (Robin Williams), a misfit on Ork because of his sense of humor, was sent off to study Earthlings, whose "crazy" customs the "Orkans" had never been able to understand. Mork landed in a giant eggshell near Boulder, Colorado and was befriended by pretty Mindy McConnell (Pam Dawber), a music store clerk. Mork looked human but his strange mix of Orkan and Earthling customs led most people to think of him as just some kind of nut. Aware of his origins, Mindy helped him adjust to Earth's strange ways.

The cosmic comedy continues in this four-disc, second season collection. Na-no, Na-no!

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

Mork & Mindy's second season premiered with an one-hour episode on September 16, 1979. The show was moved from its established Thursday time slot to Sundays at 8:00-8:30 P.M.. In December 1979, ABC realized they had made a mistake and moved it back to its original time slot of Thursdays at 8:00-8:30 P.M.. Supporting cast members Conrad Janis (Mindy's father, Frederick McConnell), Elizabeth Kerr (Mindy's grandmother, Cora Hudson) and Jeffrey Jacquet (Eugene) were dropped from the show and several new cast members were brought in. Jay Thomas played Remo Da Vinci and Gina Hecht was his sister, Jean Da Vinci. They were from the Bronx and ran the New York Deli. Tom Poston was also added as a regular and added to the opening credits after appearing in several season on episodes. He played Franklin Delano Bickley, the grouchy downstairs neighbor. In addition, Jim Staahl was added to the cast as Nelson Flavor, Mindy's cousin. Robin Williams was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best TV Actor - Musical Comedy in 1980. After finishing #3 in the ratings for the first season, the show slipped all the way to #27 with a 20.2 rating. The show was never able to match the success of the first season after the cast, storyline and time slot changes.

Memorable episodes included the one-hour season two premiere, "Mork in Wonderland," in which Mindy gives Mork Earth medicine for his cold, and it causes him to shrink, sending him to an upside-down planet called Mirth where humor has been banished. Comedy explodes when Mork plays doctor to an ailing robot named Chuck who is headed for the junk pile, and the two buddies proceed to drive everyone aroundt hem crazy with their antics in "Dr. Morkenstein." Mork and Mindy are in for a spirited Halloween when ghosts from Mindy's past create hilarious havoc in the house in "A Morkyville Horror." Raquel Welch guest stars as a beautiful but deadly agent sent to Earth by the Necrotrons, planet Ork's archenemesis in the one-hour "Mork vs. The Necrotrons." Mork learns new ways to experience the adventures and joys of Earth with an inspirational young singer who is sightless and who believes his father has rejected him because of is handicap in "Mork Learns to See." Mork calls on all his comedy madness as host of an out-of-this-world show, with Mindy and their friends giving a cosmic performance to save stodgy candidate Nelson Flavor from blowing his big chance on the tube in "Looney Tunes and Morkie Melodies." Mork and Mindy relive hilarious highlights from their past after Mindy's recently married father, Fred, troubled over his marriage, turns to Mork for Orkan help in "The Way Mork Were."

Notable guest stars included Ronnie Schell as Bob Faith in "Mork in Wonderland (Part 2)." Dinah Manoff ("Empty Nest") played Kathy in "Mork's Baby Blues." Roddy McDowall provided the voice of Chuck the Robot in "Dr. Morkenstein." Kim Fields ("The Facts of Life") guest starred as Patty in "Mork's Health Hints." Raquel Welch appeared as Captain Nirvana in "Mork vs. The Necrotrons." Linda Henning played Pam Stockhaus, Lorrie Mahaffey was Ann, and the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders appeared as themselves in "Hold That Mork!." Georgia Engel guest starred as the meter maid, Ambrosia Malspar, in "The Exidor Affair" and "Exidor's Wedding." Shelley Fabares appeared as Cathy in "A Mommy for Mindy." Ed Peck (Officer Kirk on "Happy Days") was Blake in "The Night They Raided Mind-ski's." Jack Dodson guest starred as Ricky in "Mork's Vacation." Legendary character actor Charles Lane appeared as Judge Baker, a young Noah Hathaway ("E.R.") was Jud and Priscilla Morrill was Miss Kalinowski in "Little Orphan Morkie."


This 4-disc set contains all 24 episodes (2 which are one-hour episodes) from the second (1979-80) season. The packaging is quite a bit different from the Season 1 release. For Season 1, they used a thin, cardboard box and 4 slim cases. This time they use an Amaray movie-style case with clear outer edges. CBS DVD/Paramount has used this style of packaging for other releases over the last few months, including Seasons 2 of Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. The cover art features a photo of Mork (in his red spacesuit) and Mindy. The case has a purple background. There is a rainbow stripe like Mork's suspenders at the top of the case, and the Mork & Mindy logo has a rainbow border. There is a small photo of Mork tugging or twisting his ears next to the logo. On the back of the case, there is a photo of Mindy on a skateboard and Mork floating. There are two small, circular photos of Mork (with a tennis racket) and Mindy and Mork (in an Uncle Sam costume). There is a synopsis of the set given in a red, yellow and green star. DVD specs are provided on the bottom of the case. A small photo of Mork and Mindy is on the spine of the case. There is a plastic holder in the middle of the case that holds the second and third discs. The first and fourth discs are in an embedded holder inside the case. While the middle holder is quite sturdy, the embedded holders are cheaper looking and they arrived broken when I opened the case. The discs can easily scratch outside the holders. It would have been better if they used two of the middle holders. Episode titles, original airdates and short summaries are listed by disc in the backgrounds, which are white in color. The disc numbers and episode titles are listed in various colors, while the rest of the text is in black. There are some small red, yellow and green stars in the background. With the embedded plastic holders and a black sticker bar thing in the way, it is hard to read the information. I would have preferred the individual slim cases that they used in season 1. Continuing the trend of other recent CBS DVD/Paramount sets, the discs are very plain looking and just have the show logo on them and have a silver background. The Mork & Mindy logo on them gives a hologram-type effect when you turn them into the light. Photos of the cast on the discs would have been much nicer. Disc 1 has episodes 1-5, Disc 2 has 6-10, Disc 3 has 11-17 and Disc 4 rounds out the set with 18-24.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The menus are very basic, but they look nice and are easy to navigate. It would have been great to hear the disco-y season two theme song in the background, but these are just static menus. They are very colorful, with a different colored background on each disc. The show logo has a rainbow border and there is a rainbow stripe like the cover art. Each main menu has a different photo, and they have the disc number on them. Here is the breakdown by disc: 1) same photo as cover art/purple background, 2) Mork/blue, 3) Mindy/green 4) Mork & Mindy/red. The episode titles are listed vertically in white to the left of the photos. There is a small, white circle next to each episode title. It turns yellow when you highlight an episode and then red when you make your selection. A "Play All" button is available for those who want to watch the episodes without interruptions. Chapter stops are available within the episodes, but no separate scene selection menus are offered.

Video and Audio Quality:

I would say the video and audio quality is on par with the season one release. The video looks crisp and clear, with just some occasional grain and dirt. The outdoor Boulder, Colorado scenes that are sprinkled throughout the episodes look beautiful. Overall colors are vibrant and bright. These prints certainly look better than what I've seen in syndication over the years. It is hard to believe they are nearly 30-years-old now. They are presented in their original full screen format and in their original broadcast order. The episodes are spread out well with no more than 7 per disc. For the closing logo enthusiasts, you will be disappointed to see that the Paramount mountain logo is gone. They just use a new CBS Paramount Television logo.

The audio is in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, and I didn't notice any major problems. The volume is at a good level, and the dialogue is easy to understand. Closed captioning is available. One of the many changes ABC made for the second season was the introduction of a new disco-y theme. I never particularly cared for that version.

You'll notice on the back of the case, it says in very small text: "Some music has been changed for this home entertainment version." This disclaimer was also on the season one set but only on the third disc. I'm unsure what music has been changed for this release. I don't recall Mork & Mindy using many songs. Music wasn't an integral part of the show. They just used a lot of original score. They certainly used a lot less songs than Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. Two episodes, "Mork in Wonderland" and "Mork vs. The Necrotrons", originally aired as one-hour episodes and they are presented that way on this set. They run 48:22 and 49:01, respectively. All of the other episodes run between 24:41 to 25:42. If you notice any missing scenes or substituted music, please post in this thread.

Here is the episode breakdown by disc, including the running times:

Disc 1
2-1 and 2-2 - 26-27. Mork in Wonderland (09/16/79) (48:22)
2-3 - 28. Stark Raving Mork (09/23/79) (25:42)
2-4 - 29. Mork's Baby Blues (09/30/79) (25:33)
2-5 - 30. Dr. Morkenstein (10/07/79) (25:25)
2-6 - 31. Mork vs. Mindy (10/14/79) (25:40)

Disc 2
2-7 - 32. Mork Gets Mindy-itis (10/21/79) (25:37)
2-8 - 33. A Morkyville Horror (10/28/79) (25:39)
2-9 - 34. Mork's Health Hints (11/04/79) (25:37)
2-10 - 35. Dial 'N' for Nelson (11/11/79) (25:36)
2-11 and 2-12 - 36-37. Mork vs. The Necrotrons (11/18/79) (49:01)

Disc 3
2-13 - 38. Hold That Mork! (11/25/79) (25:41)
2-14 - 39. The Exidor Affair (12/02/79) (24:43)
2-15 - 40. The Mork Syndrome (12/09/79) (25:05)
2-16 - 41. Exidor's Wedding (12/16/79) (25:10)
2-17 - 42. A Mommy for Mindy (01/03/80) (25:08)
2-18 - 43. The Night They Raided Mind-ski's (01/10/80) (24:53)
2-19 - 44. Mork Learns to See (01/17/80) (25:09)

Disc 4
2-20 - 45. Mork's Vacation (01/24/80) (25:00)
2-21 - 46. Jeanie Loves Mork (01/31/80) (25:00)
2-22 - 47. Little Oprhan Morkie (02/07/80) (25:02)
2-23 - 48. Looney Tunes and Morkie Melodies (02/14/80) (24:41)
2-24 - 49. Clerical Error (02/28/80) (24:41)
2-25 - 50. Invasion of the Mork Snatchers (03/20/80) (25:35)
2-26 - 51. The Way Mork Were (05/01/80) (25:11)

Special Features:

Shazbot! Once again, there are no special features. It would have been nice to see Mork's appearances on Happy Days, but those will be on the Happy Days sets... whenever they are released in the future. Other ideas for possible special features could be bloopers, episodes of the Mork & Mindy animated series and new cast interviews. I just hope they don't release all four seasons without special features, and then bundle them together with an extra disc of bonuses.

Final Comments:

Mork & Mindy has finally landed again on DVD. It has been nearly 2 1/2 years since the release of season one. Seasons 2 of Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days have been reportedly delayed to poor sales and music licensing issues. Paramount did an excellent job with those debut releases, and they spent a substantial amount to get the original music (almost $1 million for Happy Days). Music was clearly less of an issue for Mork & Mindy, which used very little compared to the others. So did season 1 really sell that poorly, or was it tied into the second season releases of the other shows? I think it was probably a combination of both. If you are a fan one of these shows, you probably like one or both of the others. Maybe it would have been better to spread out the releases every 2 months or so. Fans of all 3 shows may not be able to buy them all at once.

I don't think the second season was nearly as good as the first, but Robin Williams was still brilliant and the show continued to have its moments. ABC simply made too many changes and got greedy. They didn't follow the old adage: if it ain't broke, don't fix it. They tinkered with everything - the supporting cast, the time slot, the storylines and even the theme song. They tried to correct their mistakes, but the viewers never came back in the same numbers as the first season. Mork calling CBS DVD/Paramount... come in CBS DVD/Paramount... please release the remaining two seasons within the next year or so. Don't leave us hanging another 2-3 years. This is a show that needs to be complete on DVD. Na-no, na-no!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video quality: 4/5
Audio quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by Todd Fuller on 04/14/07

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